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Anyone at last year's SC09 supercomputing conference in Portland, Ore., could not have helped but notice the emergence of flash memory squeezing into the ranks among virtualization, cloud computing, and GPUs as technologies leading the way forward for high-performance computing. Flash is a solid-state storage technology currently integrated into everything from iPods and digital cameras to mobile phones and thumb drives, and it could not have found a more opportune time to be drawing attention to itself.

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