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October 2018, Vol. 17, No. 7

Improve infrastructure performance with these compute and data tips

It's all about time. Time is a non-renewable resource that only moves forward. Once spent, it can't be reclaimed or rewound. Time is the construct that separates events and moments. With IT operations, there's never enough of it. No one ever said they needed less time. There's unceasing pressure to do more with every second. Take the example of high-performance computing (HPC), aka supercomputers, and the ever-constant pursuit to increase the number of calculations or floating-point operations per second (FLOPS) they perform. Measured today in the dozens to hundreds of petaFLOPS, the next goal is exaFLOPS, a thousand times faster. That same unrelenting burden is readily apparent in storage. Storage infrastructure performance is measured in IOPS and throughput per second -- megabytes to gigabytes per second moving to terabytes per second. It's this perpetual hunger for greater infrastructure performance per second that's the unspoken premise behind the question: Does it make more sense to move the data or the compute? No ...

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