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THINKING MACHINES ANNOUNCES WORLD'S FASTEST TERABYTE FILE SERVER ARCHITECTURE FOR CM-5; NEW ARCHITECTURE COMBINES PROCESSING NODES/DISK

 THINKING MACHINES ANNOUNCES WORLD'S FASTEST TERABYTE FILE SERVER ARCHITECTURE FOR CM-5; NEW ARCHITECTURE COMBINES PROCESSING NODES/DISK
 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Thinking Machines today announced a radical new file server architecture that integrates file storage directly into the same scalable network as the processing nodes of the company's leadership CM-5 supercomputer. "Plug enough parallel disk storage nodes into the network and you have a multi-TBytes file server with performance of 4,000 MBytes per second," said James Bailey, the company's director of marketing. "Plug enough parallel processing nodes into the same network and you have the world's most powerful supercomputer. But the real payoff comes when both kinds of nodes are mixed in the same system."
 The new disk storage nodes, demonstrated for the first time today, are each made up of eight 3-1/2 inch disks. They plug into the same CM-5 cabinets that the system's processing nodes use. Total capacity of each node is 9.6 GBytes. Disk storage nodes are linked together as RAID 3 file system by the scalable CM-5 data network. A system with 384 disk storage nodes has a capacity of 3 TeraBytes and a transfer rate of 4 GBytes/sec. Traditional disk systems typically have performance levels below 100 MBytes/sec. Deliveries of disk storage nodes began this month.
 The file server hardware and software are unique in their ability to supply file service to machines of widely differing architectures. Data is stored in the same format whether it comes from CM-5 processing nodes or an external mainframe or vector supercomputer. "The ability of the system to maintain TBytes of data in a single format, regardless of where it came from, makes CM-5 an ideal file server for a whole data center," said Bailey. "With potential data sources ranging from checkout scanner to the NASA Earth Observing System (EOS), data handling has become as critical to a computing center as is processing."
 Thinking Machines Corporation is the world's largest manufacturer of highly parallel supercomputers and the leader in the new Desktops-to- TeraOps computing paradigm. Desktops-to-TeraOps computing uses the same high-volume components to make the world's largest computers that are used to make the smallest. Its CM-5 system is the most powerful supercomputer in the world. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the company has offices around the world. Thinking Machines is privately held. ---- NOTE TO EDITORS: Connection Machine is a registered trademark of Thinking Machines Corporation Desktops-to-TeraOps and CM-5 are trademarks of Thinking Machines Corporation.
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