Samsung and AMD Xilinx have a new SSD. The second generation of SmartSSD is an advanced compute storage device designed for those looking to change their storage paradigms. We previously looked at the first generation of the device, the Xilinx-Samsung SmartSSD Computing Storage Drive in 2020. Now, we have a significantly upgraded unit.
Samsung and AMD Xilinx launch the second generation of SmartSSD
The new Samsung and AMD-Xilinx SmartSSD have a new processing engine. This generation transitions from older Kintex FPGAs to the new Xilinx Versal ACAP as the processing core. This provides more performance, stick cores, and the ability to get new acceleration and I/O into the drive. Companies say that the new generation is significantly faster.
The new unit uses EDSFF to provide a more modern form factor. You can learn more about EDSFF form factors in E1, E3 and EDSFF to grab M.2 and 2.5 SSDs.
From our previous article, we can see the foundations of Samsung’s SmartSSD and Xilinx (now AMD.) Here we have Samsung’s NAND along with the Xilinx Kintex FPGA.
Companies are working on the software side after introducing the hardware platform. An example would be on-device coding with an FPGA so that it doesn’t have to be performed on the CPU and main memory usage.
The other advantage is that data processing can happen locally. For example, here is NPUSearch where the search algorithm is being developed into SSDs and FPGAs in which it leads to better performance with first generation SmartSSDs.
A big part of this is that the data doesn’t have to travel from the storage device to be processed. Traffic in modern servers is costly in terms of power and response time/performance, so there are classes of applications that can be greatly accelerated by using less powerful processors next to the storage rather than returning everything to the main CPU.
If you want to know more about how to use SmartSSDs, this 2020 article has a lot to offer. It seems that since the launch of the first generation, Samsung and AMD Xilinx have seen enough traction that they continue to develop and announce the second generation product. We hope to someday show you how these things work in more detail.