Texas Memory Systems Achieves 1 Million IOPS and 10 GB/s Bandwidth in the RamSan-630 (3U) with New QDR InfiniBand Interface Cards

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With the introduction of the IB-381 InfiniBand card, the RamSan-630 (10-TB Flash storage unit) has the bandwidth necessary for use in High-Performance Computing (HPC).

Texas Memory Systems, Inc., maker of the World's Fastest Storage®, has upgraded its RamSan-630 system with the IB-381 InfiniBand interface card. The IB-381 augments the RamSan-630's available Fibre Channel interfaces, giving users greater flexibility in connecting to high-performance storage networks. The IB-381 supports InfiniBand SCSI RDMA Protocol (SRP) over two Quad Small Formfactor Pluggable (QSFP) connectors. The use of a Mellanox ConnectX-2 chip ensures compatibility with most other Quad Data Rate (QDR) InfiniBand devices. The IB-381 also employs a dedicated 1-GHz PowerPC processor and a powerful Xilinx Virtex-6 Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) to obtain the utmost in I/O performance. The RamSan-630 can be configured with 5 dual-channel IB-381 cards for a total of ten links operating at 1 Million IOPS and 10 GB/second.

The typical HPC cluster often consists of hundreds or thousands of individual computers. Such a computing cluster demands the utmost in performance from attached storage devices, but at a cost-effective price. Users must perform a balancing act between the resources dedicated to CPU power, RAM capacity, external storage, and network connectivity. While HPC users have typically focused on increasing RAM capacity, expected dramatic price reductions for Flash-based Enterprise storage should facilitate a move toward a tiered storage architecture. The RamSan-630, with multiple InfiniBand cards, can be an effective piece of such a tiered architecture. Compared to other storage options, it provides a dramatic improvement in performance, capacity, size, and cost.

Installed in a high-performance network, the RamSan-630 provides centralized storage that is simultaneously accessible by many different computers. The RamSan-6300 system (a single rack of 14 RamSan-630 systems) offers 140 TB of storage capacity with virtually unlimited bandwidth. Regardless of the access mode (random, sequential, reads, writes), the RamSan-6300 provides 140 QDR InfiniBand ports, 140 GB/s of bandwidth, and 14 Million IOPS, while still dissipating only 7000 Watts. The InfiniBand-attached RamSan-630 and the fourteen-unit RamSan-6300 are available for order now. More details are available at http://www.RamSan.com.

About Texas Memory Systems, Inc.
For more than 30 years, Texas Memory Systems, Inc. (TMS), has designed, built, and delivered high-performance storage systems based solely upon RAM and Flash memory technology. TMS has sold these systems around the world to a broad range of Enterprise and government customers, and we continue to develop leading edge systems for future customer needs. Visit our web site at http://www.RamSan.com for additional details about TMS and how it can help you to solve your storage problems.

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