Every Day, the Amount of Data Created Across the World is Exploding to New Levels
Every day, the amount of data created across the world is exploding to new levels. Businesses thrive on this data to make critical decisions, gain new insights, and differentiate services. The demand for memory capacity is growing at an insatiable rate and there is a need to keep larger amounts of data closer to the CPU. The technology that dominates traditional main memory, DRAM, is fast to access, but small, expensive, and volatile. Storage is large, cheap, persistent, but is slow to access. There is a huge latency and bandwidth penalty as you jump from RAM based memory and disk based storage. The ever increasing amount of data and the need to access more of it quickly have further magnified the gap. Intel's breakthrough product, Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory, is disrupting the traditional memory-storage hierarchy by creating a new tier to fill the memory-storage gap providing greater overall performance, efficiency, and affordability.
Introducing Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory
The new Intel Optane DC persistent memory introduces a new category that sits between memory and storage and will deliver the best of both worlds through the convergence of memory and storage product traits. Intel Optane DC
persistent memory is available in capacities of 128 GiB, 256 GiB and 512 GiB and is a much larger alternative to DRAM which currently caps at 128 GiB. With this new flexible tier of products, designers and developers will have access to large capacity and affordable memory that is both flexible (volatile or non-volatile) and serves as a high-performance storage tier. They will also have the option of application managed memory which is vital to optimize system performance. The low, consistent latency, combined with high bandwidth, Quality of Service (QoS) and endurance of this unique Intel technology will mean more capacity
and more virtual machines (VMs) for cloud and virtualized users, much higher capacity for in-memory databases without prohibitive price tags, super-fast storage, and larger memory pools. Ultimately, Intel can deliver higher system performance with larger memory that is 3X the performance of NVMe-SSD, with much higher endurance than NAND SSDs for write-intensive workloads.
The persistent memory modules are DDR4 socket comp-atible and can co-exist with conventional DDR4 DRAM DIMMs on the same platform. The module fits into standard DDR4 DIMM slots on 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. Deigned with and optimized for the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, a user can have up to one Intel Optane DC persistent memory per channel and up to six on a single socket providing up to 3 TiB of Intel Optane DC persistent memory which means an 8 socket system could access up to 24 TiB of system memory. The module is compatible with 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Gold and Platinum processor SKUs.
Intel Optane DC persistent memory is big, affordable, and persistent which makes extracting more value from larger data sets than previously possible. This new technology can solve issues for customers and launch a revolution in the data center. Finally an affordable alternative to expensive DRAM, that can deliver HUGE capacity and can accommodate demanding workloads and emerging applications like in-memory databases (IMDB). When deployed, Intel Optane DC persistent memory can help improve TCO via not just memory savings, but broadly via reduced SW licensing costs, node reduction, power efficiencies, and other operational efficiencies.