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Samsung PM9A3 All Flash Reference Platform


Software Defined Storage continues to gain momentum in the modern datacenter storage market. As datacenter storage in- frastructures and technologies evolve, the need for speed and flexibility in the storage system becomes evident. NVMe is at the forefront of these advancements. Weka is a software defined storage system that is designed to meet the needs of today’s I/O intensive workloads. It... » read more

PCIe 6.0, NVMe, And Emerging Form Factors For Storage Applications


PCIe 6.0 implementations are expandable and hierarchical with embedded switches or switch chips, allowing one root port to interface with multiple endpoints (such as storage devices, Ethernet cards, and display drivers). While the introduction of PCIe 6.0 at 64GT/s helped to increase the bandwidth available for storage applications with minimal or no increase in latency, the lack of coherency s... » read more

What’s In A Name(space)? Optimizing SSD Controller Performance And Verification


Solid state drives (SSDs) have come to the forefront as a promising solution for today and tomorrow’s immense data transfer and storage demands. And SSDs themselves are constantly evolving with upgrades of their critical components to provide higher access speeds. One such component for the NVMe specification is created by the division of non-volatile memory (NVM) into what are commonly known... » read more

NVMe-oF: Simple, Invisible Fabric For Distributed Storage Networks


In today’s fast paced world, we need seamless access to huge chunks of data and new-world technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), cloud computing, and real-time data analytics. AI researchers are deriving applications such as cyber security analysis and intelligent virtual assistants (IVA) where the computer needs to process an intense amount of data. Theref... » read more

Has Computational Storage Finally Arrived?


The idea behind computational storage is not new. It’s just that like so many concepts, the idea has been well ahead of the technology. In a nutshell, computational storage brings processing power to the storage level. It eliminates the need to load data from the storage system into memory for processing. Moving data between storage and compute resources is inefficient and computational sy... » read more

New Power, Performance Options At The Edge


Increasing compute intelligence at the edge is forcing chip architects to rethink how computing gets partitioned and prioritized, and what kinds of processing elements and memory configurations work best for a particular application. Sending raw data to the cloud for processing is both time- and resource-intensive, and it's often unnecessary because most of the data collected by a growing nu... » read more

Challenges In Developing A New Inferencing Chip


Cheng Wang, co-founder and senior vice president of software and engineering at Flex Logix, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to explain the process of bringing an inferencing accelerator chip to market, from bring-up, programming and partitioning to tradeoffs involving speed and customization.   SE: Edge inferencing chips are just starting to come to market. What challenges di... » read more

Nine Effective Features Of NVMe Verification IP For PCIe-Based SSD Storage


Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) is a new software interface optimized for PCIe Solid State Drives (SSD). This paper provides an overview of the NVMe specification and examines some of its key features. We will discuss its pros and cons, compare it to other conventional technologies, and point out key areas to focus on during its verification. You will learn how NVMe Questa Verification IP... » read more

Data Overload In The Data Center


Dealing with increasing volumes of data inside of data centers requires an understanding of architectures, the flow of data between memory and processors, bandwidth, cache coherency and new memory types and interfaces. Gary Ruggles, senior product marketing manager at Synopsys, talks about how these systems are being revamped to improve performance and reduce power. » read more

Moving Data And Computing Closer Together


The speed of processors has increased to the point where they often are no longer the performance bottleneck for many systems. It's now about data access. Moving data around costs both time and power, and developers are looking for ways to reduce the distances that data has to move. That means bringing data and memory nearer to each other. “Hard drives didn't have enough data flow to cr... » read more

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