I noticed this story after stumbling upon IBM Power Systems General Manager Colin Parris' top #PowerSystems tweet from his Twitter account, @Colin_Parris . . . obviously I feel compelled to share and give it a bit more play:
Earlier this year, IBM put scientists Ioannis Koltsidas and Nikolas Ioannou on a rush job to create a half-petabyte storage system out of Flash for a demonstration to IBM clients interested in high performance computing. In the end, the IBM Flash System 820 they built achieved more than 6 million IOPS running an IBM DB2 workload on IBM Power servers:
On the 12-hour flight from Zurich to San Francisco, the two scientists plotted out the fastest way to install and setup the two racks -- each filled with 240 terabytes of Flash provided by Texas Memory Systems (an acquisition IBM completed in October 2012), as well as 10 IBM Power 730 Express servers.
After the team unpacked and prepared the racks, Ioannis and Nikolas, together with their Almaden colleagues John Palmer, Hyojun Kim and Clement Dickey had the system working in 48 hours.
Of course, I recommend that you read the IBM Research blog post on the story, as well as watch the time lapse video: