Xilinx and Samsung Electronics have announced the availability of the Samsung SmartSSD® Computational Storage Drive (CSD).
Powered by Xilinx® FPGAs, the SmartSSD CSD is the industry’s first adaptable computational storage platform providing the performance, customization, and scalability required by data-intensive applications.
Xilinx will showcase the SmartSSD CSD and partner solutions at the Flash Memory Summit Virtual Conference and Expo taking place November 10-12.
The SmartSSD CSD is a flexible, programmable storage platform that developers can use to create a variety of unique and scalable accelerators that solve a broad range of data center problems. It empowers a new breed of software developers to easily build innovative hardware-accelerated solutions in familiar high-level languages. The SmartSSD CSD accelerates data processing performance by 10x or more for applications such as database management, video processing, artificial intelligence layers, complex search, and virtualisation.
Incorporating a Xilinx FPGA accelerator, the SmartSSD CSD pushes high-speed computation closer to where the data lives, bypassing server CPU limits. The reduced data movement lowers latency and power consumption for accelerated data processing speed and efficiency. The SmartSSD CSD allows enterprises to keep up with user demand for faster access to data without being forced to purchase more servers, driving up CAPEX and OPEX. Additionally, host CPU resources are freed up to handle other higher-level tasks more efficiently.
Turnkey Accelerated Applications
Xilinx ecosystem partners have developed a compelling range of turnkey applications that deliver accelerated data processing for services like big data analytics, video transcoding and search-in-storage.
Representative accelerated solutions, include:
- Big data/data analytics – SmartSSD CSD with Bigstream’s hyperacceleration layer allows customers to increase time-to-insight by up to 10x on the Apache Spark unified analytics engine for big data.
- Search-in-storage – Lewis Rhodes Labs (LRL) applies novel neuromorphic processing with the SmartSSD CSD to find “needle-in-a-haystack” data from large data lakes by searching petabytes in minutes. LRL’s deterministic processing accelerates queries up to 100x faster than other solutions.
- Video file transcoding – CTAccel’s pre-built SmartSSD CSD solution performs high performance image processing that improves server throughput and latency while reducing up to 60 percent of video transcoding costs.
- Transparent compression – Eideticom’s NoLoad NVMe CSD enables up to 10x more storage capacity, increased line-rate compression performance, improved CPU utilization, and reduced memory bandwidth pressure.
Drive Specifications and Availability
The SmartSSD CSD is a standard 2.5-inch (U.2) form factor solid state drive in a low 25-Watt power envelope. It offers a physical storage capacity of 4TBs, with the ability to hold up to 12TBs of data or more when combined with accelerated transparent compression. The integrated Xilinx Kintex® UltraScale+™ FPGA accelerator features more than one million system logic cells and nearly 2,000 DSP (digital signal processing) slices for hardware acceleration.
SmartSSD CSDs are available for pre-order today and will begin shipping with general availability in January through Xilinx and its authorized distributors, by agreement with Samsung. For more information visit www.xilinx.com/smartssd.