Thumper Capacity Expressed in Other Units!

Sun released X4500 (Thumper) - a beautiful new 48 disk computer with 24 Terabytes of storage space with 2 dual-core AMD processors and 16GB of main memory. See also X4600 and Sun Blade 8000. While Gigabytes may not be new to people who have bought an iPod or a computer system, it perhaps gives a better sense of capacity and size if expressed in other units.

So here are my calculations:

One fully loaded Thumper is about 50 years of continuous mp3 music! - more than what you can hear in a life time; or one year worth of playing continuous DVD quality movies! or photo IDs of an entire country like India with one billion people (children included)

If you recorded your voice everyday in telephone quality sound, you, your grand children, great grand children .. also did that, then you need 8 centuries to fill this box! However if all the international calls to or from US are wire tapped and recorded, then it takes about 2 days to fill the box! (per FCC report, 80 billion minutes were spent by people over international calls in 2004) To wiretap every telephonic conversations in a year, you would need about 18 racks each fully loaded with 10 Thumpers. Not an expensive deal for the government!

Imagine a fully loaded rack which can take 10 Thumpers, then it means every thing above gets multiplied by ten!

If you are wondering if there is a filesystem that can handle this capacity and manage the storage for years without having to worry much about disk failures, take a look at ZFS - the last word in filesystems.

If you have other creative ideas on how you can use this capacity on a single system, please do share.

Update: The original illustration which was hosted on mediacast.sun.com was lost. Thanks to richardmasoner for saving a copy in his Flickr account.
Comments:

Nice analogy. Now, how does one manage such capacity - even using ZFS? Hopefully, Sun will enforce an IQ test on purchasers. I can see it now - 4 trillion files in a single directory - let's all watch as 'ls' segfaults ;).

As for use - that would be one backup of a certain major Studio's current TV show archives when used for Disk 2 Disk backup. Give a user 2GB and they'll learn to live within that space. Give them 24TB and they'll somehow figure out how to fill it as well. We all somehow seem to live just beyond our storage means.

Posted by brucoder on July 12, 2006 at 02:11 AM PDT #

I would think that, to use 10 Thumpers to their full potential, you'd need PxFS (docs.sun.com) on top of ZFS -- a cluster FS residing on ZFS. Doable? Anyways, please do write... how do you always manage to create such beautiful, crisp SVG art? Which SW do you use? And a parting quote regarding "Thumper": "Whenever there is vibration, there are always sand worms."

Posted by ux-admin on July 12, 2006 at 04:26 AM PDT #

Another Gem Thanks. But how many Library of Congress' is that ?

Posted by Rich Sharples on July 12, 2006 at 06:16 AM PDT #

Chandan, Thought the following URL talking about 50 TB using protein based storage in a DVD like medium might interest you :) http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/07/12/boffin_touts_protein-based_50tb_dvd/

Posted by Venkata Thiagarajan on July 18, 2006 at 10:59 AM PDT #

ux-admin wrote:
> I would think that, to use 10 Thumpers to their full potential,
> you'd need PxFS (docs.sun.com) on top of ZFS -- a cluster FS
> residing on ZFS. Doable?

PxFS over ZFS, IMHO is doable. Will it be done? I wonder. :)

Posted by Manoj on August 11, 2006 at 01:20 AM PDT #

You should have been in the marketing division! :D

Posted by ravi on November 02, 2006 at 07:23 PM PST #

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