Garth Gibson on HPC - buffering the brute-force burst

March 29, 2012

What can NAND flash do now for high-performance computing (HPC) storage and how will it evolve? Garth Gibson, the co-founder and chief technology officer for Panasas, the (HPC) storage provider, has definite views on it. Here's a snapshot of them.

El Reg: How can solid state technology benefit HPC in general?

Garth Gibson: The most demanding science done in HPC is high resolution simulation. This manifests as distributed shared memory -- the science is limited my memory size. Memory is typically 40 per cent of capital costs and 40 per cent of power costs, and can be said to be the limiting technology in future HPC systems.
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