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LSI WarpDrive SLP-300 Delivers 240,000 IOPS

by: admin Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Storage manufacturer LSI has announced that it is getting serious about the enterpsie SSD market with the launch of its WarpDrive SLP-300. The unit runs on the PCIe x8 interface and comes with incredible performance specifications, not least its 240,000 IOPS for reading small random files. Storage capacity is 300GB.

LSI uses an internal RAID configuration, much like OCZs RevoDrive, but with its own LSISAS2008 circuit that also supports SAS 6.0 Gbps. The WarpDrive is bootable and and its read and write speeds are specified at 1400MB/s and 1200MB/s respectively. Most impressive is the IOPS performance; the unit reaches 240,000 IOPS when reading sequential 4K files. Sequential 4K writes is almost as impressive at 200,000 IOPS.

Utilizing two WarpDrive cards combined with Exar’s BitWackr solution, we measured an aggregate performance of 1,028 MB/second, which is almost twice the speed we were able to achieve with other PCIe-based flash products, says Bob Farkaly at Exar.

In combination with an access time of 50 microseconds, the WarpDrive SLP-300 drive makes short work of virtually all other enterprise solutions and only consumes 25 watts to do so.

Don’t count on getting one from Santa though – the price tag, $11,500, shows it’s not intended for the average consumer.

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2 Responses to “LSI WarpDrive SLP-300 Delivers 240,000 IOPS”

Marco Said:

Have you heard of any problems with this LSI Warp Drive and the Tyan S7025 MB. It seems if I leave in the 48GB of DDR3 DR RAM that came with the system, it performs slow. If I reduce the RAM to 32GB it runs at peak performance.

Regards

Comment made on March 2nd, 2011 at 10:21 pm
vt Said:

It is not a problem with your LSI Warp Drive, it is a problem of the speed settings of your RAM. Ideally all modules should have the same size, otherwise the performance may drop. Your OS uses the RAM to cache the information from/to your SSD, which results in performance drop when your RAM performs slower and in less channels mode (in case when the modules don’t match in all channels).
If you need more RAM, you could install 8x 8Gb memory modules, they should work as fast as 32GB.

Comment made on March 3rd, 2011 at 8:13 am
 

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