New Gordon Supercomputer Uses Massive Amounts of Flash Memory

Written by John Ponio    Monday, 12 December 2011 17:12

Gordon Supercomputer

A new supercomputer named "Gordon" has been revealed at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). It will be one of the first to use massive amounts of flash memory to get over the bottleneck of disk-based-storage. They didn't reveal how much storage it has, but they said it could hold up to 100,000 human genomes, which is more than they could get right now. It's immense. University of California, San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox at the formal launch of SDSC’s newest supercomputer, held December 5 at SDS, said, "Gordon is an extremely important resource because it is dedicated to solving critical science and societal problems currently overwhelmed by the vast amount of data generated by the digital devices of our era. Just like SDSC, Gordon will be a central point of collaboration. Today’s global challenges are increasingly interdisciplinary in nature, and require an interdisciplinary approach to solve." This supercomputer will be able to handle 36 million IOPS, which puts it among the world's 50 most powerful supercomputers. You can read more about it here.