Yeah, I read stuff. Mostly tech stuff. Once in a while, I come across something particularly lucid. Quality techie geeky stuff, with pictures.
Let's start this journey back in 2013, the dawn of PCIe SSD, as NVMe was just starting to surface. Yeah, that seems like ancient history, but this article is still spot-on and relevant for the basics of the storage tech that we're now enjoying in affordable consumer forms today, such as the Samsung SSD 950 PRO M.2 NVMe drives. Check it out, a great read!
- Why Are PCIe SSDs So Fast?
June 12 2013 by Stephen Foskett
Next, let's have a look at the outlook for newer, bigger, faster SSDs arriving in 2016:
- Samsung to Release 750 EVO in US Market, 4TB Consumer SSDs and More – Storage Visions 2016 Update
January 4, 2016 by Sean Webster at The SSD Review
Note the mention of the Samsung PM1725, with 5.5GB/s read and 1.8GB/s write speeds. Holy guacamole!
Finally, it's time to look further ahead at the brave new world of memory and storage getting all intertwined. Let's quickly get past the vendor hyperbole about the Non-Volatile Dual In-line Memory Module (NVDIMM):
Designed for applications that are sensitive to down time and require high performance to enable frequent access to large data sets, NVDIMMs combine the speed of DRAM, the persistent storage of NAND and an optional power source into a single memory subsystem that delivers increased system performance and reliability.
- Intel's 3D Xpoint (CrossPoint)
How would your life change if you could do things hundreds of times faster? If the wait went away? What if your storage device was that much faster? You could unleash the power of your processor instead of it working at a fraction of its power.
and dive into a story instead, told in a way that just make sense. Business sense. Nerdy sense. Enjoy!
- Plexistor Integrates NVDIMM for Every Application
Feb 02 2016 by Stephen Foskett
Let's end this journey with a lovely infographic:
intelsalestraining.com/infographics/memory/3DXPointc.pdf where you're guided to Intel's 3D XPoint page full of links to more information:
- Find out more: www.intel.com/nvm
So, what did you think? Feel free to leave a comment below.
A friend of mine has given me a heads-up about a recent, related article to check out:
- The next generation of storage disruption: storage-class memory
SCM is a new hybrid storage/memory tier that is slightly slower than DRAM but is persistent like traditional storage
Jan 27 2016 by Scott Davis, CTO of Infinio
Storage-class memory (SCM), also known as persistent memory, may be the most disruptive storage technology innovation of the next decade. It has the potential to be even more disruptive than flash, both from a performance perspective and with the way it will change both storage and application architectures
Hey, I've met Scott! Ex-VMware guy. See also:
- How to boot Windows 10 from NVMe based PCIe storage, featuring Samsung 950 PRO M.2 SSD in a Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T
- PC Perspective's Allyn Malventano and This Week in Computer Hardware's Patrick Norton talk storage tech - NASs, NVMe, M.2, StableBit, 3D XPoint, a great listen