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Data-Intensive Problems to Shift Course of Supercomputing

Science Daily is reporting that a ‘Data Deluge’ is resulting in a paradigm shift in supercomputer architectures. In a presentation during the 3rd Annual La Jolla Research & Innovation Summit this week, SDSC Director Michael Norman said that the amount of digital data generated just by instruments such as DNA sequencers, cameras, telescopes, and MRIs is now doubling every 18 months.

Digital data is advancing at least as fast, and probably faster, than Moore’s Law,” said Norman, referring to the computing hardware belief that the number of transistors which can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every 18 months. “But I/O (input/output) transfer rates are not keeping pace — that is what SDSC’s supercomputers are designed to solve.”

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