Monday, January 05, 2009

Want a really fast machine?

Some machines are fast, and then there are machines that are so fast they can't even be imagined. For example, you probably have a gigabyte of RAM, maybe 2 gigabytes. The Cray XT Jaguar, a supercomputer, has 362 terabytes of RAM. In other words, if you have 2 GB of RAM, this machine has 181,000 times what your machine has. If your machine has a 500 GB hard drive, well, that's tiny compared to the 10 PETABYTE file system. In other words:

Your machine:
500,000,000,000 bytes

Their machine:
10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes

And, no, that's not a typo.

Cost? A cool $100 million dollars.

You may recall if you read Jurassic Park that the machines they used to , those were also Cray Supercomputers, but an earlier model (X-MP).

Thanks to Brandt for the heads up!

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2 comments:

David J. Csuha, CPP, CFE said...

CIS 289 Final Exam: Forensically image and analyze a 10 petabyte HDD. :-)

Professor Cameron said...

What, are you investigating Enron in CIS 289? :)