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Xilinx and Samsung have launched the industry's first flexible computing storage drive.

November 12, 2020

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The fully customizable and expandable SmartSSDCSD computing storage platform improves data processing speed and efficiency by bringing computing closer to storage.


November 11, 2020, Beijing, China - Xilinx (Xilinx, Inc., (NASDAQ: XLNX)) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the launch of the Samsung SmartSSD® Computing Storage Drive (CSD). Based on Xilinx FPGA, SmartSSDCSD is the industry's first flexible computing storage platform that can provide the performance, customization and scalability required for data-intensive applications.

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Xilinx will exhibit SmartSSDCSD and partner solutions at the Flash Memory Summit Virtual Conference and Expo held from November 10th to 12th.


SmartSSDCSD is a flexible programmable memory platform that developers can use to create a variety of unique and scalable accelerators to solve a series of problems faced by data centers. It can help a new generation of software developers to easily build innovative hardware acceleration solutions in familiar high-level languages. For applications such as database management, video processing, artificial intelligence layer, complex search and virtualization, SmartSSDCSD can increase its data processing performance by 10 times or more.


Pej Roshan, vice president of marketing for Xilinx Data Center Division, said: "Data processing is the key to value. SmartSSDCSD enables a wide range of novice developers to fully utilize the advantages of computing and storage, and quickly launch amazing applications to solve data centers. There are many thorny challenges. From transparent compression to next-generation AI inference acceleration, SmartSSDCSD is very powerful. Nothing can't be done, only developers can't think of it."


Jim Elliott, senior vice president of memory sales and marketing at Samsung Semiconductor, said: “The industry is increasingly aware of the super power of SmartSSDCSD in improving the performance of data centers and even more applications, and with the advent of Xilinx’s latest application development tools, we A large number of accelerated applications are expected to explode."


SmartSSDCSD integrates Xilinx FPGA accelerators, making high-speed computing closer to the location of data, thereby bypassing the limitations of server CPUs. Reducing data migration can reduce latency and power consumption, thereby speeding up data processing and efficiency. SmartSSDCSD enables enterprises to meet the needs of users for faster access to data without being forced to purchase more servers to cause capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operating costs (OPEX) to rise. In addition, the host CPU resources are released, and other more advanced tasks can be processed more efficiently.


Xilinx's flexible platform


The SmartSSDC++SD platform is designed to easily create customized applications by using the ViTIs unified software platform and acceleration library. With pre-built custom applications, both developers and enterprise application vendors can accelerate the listing process. The runtimes, libraries, APIs and drivers in the ViTIs platform can all be built into the system using common high-level languages (such as C, C++ and OpenCL).


In addition, Xilinx also launched a high-performance, easy-to-deploy data encryption solution based on dm-crypt. By using standard Linux kernel modules, SmartSSDCSD developers can use the ViTIs library to create turnkey acceleration applications, and these applications can be easily extended across multiple SmartSSDCSDs.


Turnkey accelerated applications


Xilinx ecosystem partners have developed a series of attractive turnkey applications that can provide data processing acceleration for services such as big data analysis, video transcoding, and search in storage.


Representative acceleration solutions include:


·Big data/data analysis-SmartSSDCSD has the Bigstream super acceleration layer, which can help customers increase the data interpretation speed by up to 10 times on the ApacheSpark™ unified analysis engine used for big data processing.


Search in storage-LewisRhodesLabs (LRL) uses SmartSSDCSD to achieve novel neuromorphic processing, which can search PB-level data within a few minutes, and complete a "needle in a haystack" data search in a large data lake. Compared with other solutions, LRL's deterministic processing function can increase the query speed by up to 100 times.


Video file transcoding-CTAccel's pre-built SmartSSDCSD solution realizes high-performance image processing, which can increase server throughput, reduce latency, and save up to 60% of video transcoding costs.


Transparent compression-EideTIcom's NoLoadNVMeCSD can increase the storage capacity by up to 10 times or more, and improve the line-speed compression performance, improve the CPU utilization rate, and relieve the pressure on the memory bandwidth.


Drive specifications and availability


SmartSSDCSD is a standard 2.5-inch (U.2) solid state drive with a power consumption as low as 25 watts. It provides 4TB physical storage capacity, which can store up to 12TB or more data when combined with accelerated transparent compression. The internal integrated Xilinx Kintex® UltraScale+™ FPGA accelerator has 1 million system logic units and nearly 2,000 digital signal processing (DSP) chips for hardware acceleration.


SmartSSDCSD is now accepting reservations. According to the agreement reached with Samsung, the batch will be supplied through Xilinx and its authorized distributors in January next year.