The updated Computational Storage Device (CSD) from Samsung could become yet another crucial component in High-Performance Computing (HPC) scenarios. Powered by AMD Xilinx Versal FPGA Samsung claims that their new product would result in a 50% drop in computing times, a 70% reduction in power consumption, and a reduction in CPU use of around 97% compared to the cost of operating standard SSD devices for frequently-accessed data.
The latest AMD-Xilinx technology allows Samsung’s second-generation SmartSSD to independently process data. While this may be an instance of solving a problem that doesn’t exist, it resolves one of the most critical bottlenecks in HPC(High-Performance Computing): the flow of data between various components of the compute pipeline.
Data processing takes place immediately within the SSD, eliminating the need to move it back and forth between storage banks. Because there are no additional connections between the central processing unit and the data storage device itself, this not only frees up bandwidth for the flow of other data. Additionally, it frees up the system’s CPUs from processing data reads and writes to the CSD’s memory banks to more performance-critical operations.
The AI/ML inferencing market, business intelligence analysis, big data analytics, video transcoding, financial services, genomics, search queries, and transparent compression are among the industries that Samsung claims the CSD is specifically targeted toward.
According to an analysis by Samsung:
Commercialization of the first-generation SmartSSD, in collaboration with AMD, established that the computational storage market has great potential, Product & Development at Samsung Electronics in a press release. With the upgraded processing functionality of the second-generation SmartSSD, Samsung will be able to easily address increasing customer needs in the database and video transcoding sectors, as we expand the boundaries of the next-generation storage market.” said Jin-Hyeok Choi, Executive Vice President and Head of Memory Solution
The second-generation SmartSSD was produced in collaboration once more with Samsung and AMD. The SSD architecture of the drive is significantly tailored for an AMD-based SOC. Through the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA), Samsung hopes to collaborate with other manufacturers to standardize SmartSSD technology so that upcoming smart SSD drives will function in a variety of hardware.