IBM Researchers create a super fast storage system{1}

by Taylor G

In 2007, IBM researchers created a system that was capable of scanning 1 billion files in three hours.  Recently IBM put together a series of 10-eight core servers with a total of 6.8 Terabytes of solid-state memory.  This system was able to scan 10 billion files in 43 minutes at a speed of almost 5 GB/s.  The reason why they were able to achieve such insane speeds was because of the use of flash memory that held key metadata that the storage system used to scan for requested information.  Also, the use of solid-state hard drives adds to the speed at which the cores could read and write to drives.


Its really amazing to think how far technology advances year to year.  Just to think that in a company can go from scanning 1 billion files in 3 hours and then 4 years later can scan that same amount of files in 4.3 minutes.  We might not directly see an impact from the use of this technology but applying this technology to massive amounts of data could be revolutionary.  With technology advancing in all fields the use and implementation of newer technology is always going to be in need.  This article is just an example of how big companies like IBM are investing their money into research and development for their future products.

This means that accessing information from a database is going to be that much easier.  When you want to search for information from a database this system could sift through massive amounts of data much faster.  This is better for major corporations or even for government agencies.  For example, fingerprint scanning by the law enforcement could retrieve results in minutes or days instead of years.

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