The primary digital version of FMS 2020 (Flash Reminiscence Summit, not Soccer Supervisor) is effectively underway and the primary bulletins are already trickling by means of, with Samsung’s intriguing new enterprise SSD snatching the highlight.
Meet the SmartSSD, which Samsung Semiconductor refers to as a Computational Storage Drive (CSD).
It’s designed to “speed up a wide range of purposes together with database administration, video processing, synthetic intelligence layers, and virtualization”. In different phrases, just like the coprocessors of yesteryear and the GPU of immediately, the CPU can offload particular duties to this very helpful sidekick.
Samsung used Xilinx FPGA to realize what it calls the primary adaptable computational storage platform. Xilinx was acquired a few weeks ago by AMD, one of many largest CPU distributors on the planet. Paradoxically, subsequently, a surge in demand for CSD’s may doubtlessly have an effect on the gross sales of AMD EPYC and Intel Xeon processors.
Among the many use circumstances put ahead by Samsung are “search-in-storage”, with some processes seeing a 100x enchancment in pace, whereas clear compression expertise enabled one supplier to cram as much as 10x extra bytes into the storage.
Different eventualities embody time-to-insight in large knowledge analytics, video file transcoding and knowledge encryption options.
The drive itself is an ordinary 2.5-inch SSD with a 25-watt energy envelope and a 4TB native capability – or as much as 12TB utilizing accelerated clear compression. That’s a 3:1 compression ratio, which is barely greater than the business normal of two.5:1 adopted by the Linear Tape Open (LTO) group.