UPDATED 08:15 EDT / NOVEMBER 16 2010

Fusio-io Continues to Lead with Flash-based ioDrive

Fusion-io has once again attained a performance metrics that has never been achieved before by any solid-state or traditional disk-based technology. Announced at the Supercomputing 2010, the company has set a new record of having the highest Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) and bandwidth in the form of ioDrive Octal.image

The success of ioDrive has walked in the footprints of previous achievements, accounting in 2008 its collaboration with IBM on Project Quicksilver and in 2009 with HP’s Proliant team. Today, the latest ioDrive Octal allows the process of tens of terrabytes of data minus the impact of backing data stores, providing 6.2 GB/s of bandwidth and up to 5.7 TB of linear-scaling capacity per PCI-Express slot in addition to its 1 Million IOPS.

“Scientists face an overabundance of data in areas such as climatology, cosmology, nanotechnology and defense. Accessing and visualizing these complex data models take an inordinate amount of time,” said David Flynn, CEO of Fusion-io.

“Rapid data access enables researchers to quickly and reliably solve problems, and technologies such as those from Fusion-io allow them to analyze much more data faster than ever before. With today’s astounding performance benchmarks, we’re proud to demonstrate that the speed of our technology directly translates to accelerated workload and data processing. In turn, our customers are tackling previously unattainable workload challenges.”

IoDrive Octal was first demonstrated at Supercomputing 2009. A single card holds 8 ioMemory Modules with a capacity equivalent to 8 ioDrives and fits any PCI Express x16 Gen2 double-wide slot. Created with Fusion’s ioSphere Software Platform, it is an entirely server-attached, storage-class memory solution of hardware, software and services.

At SC10, Fusion-io demonstrated its work with Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) which ran Hadoop Distributed File System over Fusion’s ioMemory to design systems that processes a high concentration of climate data. The process is 500 times faster than spinning disks.

SiliconAngle’s John Furrier asks Fusion-io CEO David Flynn to provide some examples and key metrics about Fusion-io for the VMworld audience.

“As demand for data intensive supercomputing workloads grows, Fusion-io is packaging system technology that allows us to expand our performance footprint without the burdensome space and resource requirements of traditional clusters,” said Jim Ahrens, Visualization Team Leader at LANL. “By adopting Fusion’s ioMemory technology, we and others are re-architecting systems to thrive in this highly competitive environment where each discovery advances our knowledge of the earth and its ever-changing climate conditions.”

With ioDrive Octal’s capacity to move petabytes of data at a time, remote researchers can remain productive despite its enormous distance from headquarters . Aside from LANL, a government aeronautics organization has also availed of ioMemory technology for data-transfers, from its facility in Illinois to Maryland, and then to New Orleans, with a transfer rate of 4000 MB/s using 10 GB/s Ethernet links.

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