Fusion-io SSD displays 768 DVD video streams

Posted on Monday, Apr 13 2009 @ 22:33 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Fusion-io showed off the power of its new ioSAN PCI Express solid state disk at Storage Networking World by displaying 768 DVD-quality video streams from a single SSD on a 50" HDTV. This expensive PCIe SSD has a 1.5GB/s read speed and 1.4GB/s write speed.
Fusion-io cobbled together a video display made up of a dozen 50-in. high-definition LCD televisions onto which the 768 DVDs were streamed at the same time from the company's new ioSAN PCIe card. Looking like a massive, pixelated TV screen, the video display showed everything from episodes of Lost and Stargate SG-I to movies such as Star Wars. The duo card being displayed, which used two separate SSD modules, had 640GB of single-layer cell (SLC) NAND flash memory, and was connected to 12 diskless Hewlett-Packard servers with quad-core, quad-socket CPUs, an InfiniBand backbone, Nvidia graphics cards and two 10 Gigabit Ethernet network switches. A high-performance PC workstation served as the host to the SSD.

Fusion-io systems architect Joshua Aune said the ioSAN card could have stored 2,500 DVD-quality movies, and it will be set up to stream 1,024 videos at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in two weeks in Las Vegas.
More info at ComputerWorld.

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