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Micron rolls out persistent memory device

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Micron Technology? DRAM? NAND Flash? persistent memory? big data analytics?

Micron Technology Inc. has unleashed what it boasts as the company's first commercially available solution in the persistent memory category. The 8GB DDR4 NVDIMM targets some of the difficult architectural challenges facing CIOs, and is geared for applications such as big data analytics, storage appliances, RAID cache, in-memory databases and on line transaction processing.

Persistent memory delivers a unique balance of latency, bandwidth, capacity and cost, delivering ultra-fast DRAM-like access to critical data and allowing system designers to better manage overall costs. With persistent memory, system architects are no longer forced to sacrifice latency and bandwidth when accessing critical data that must be preserved.

As data centres evolve to handle the massively growing influx of data, the cost of moving data and storing it away from the CPU becomes increasingly prohibitive, creating the need for a new generation of faster, more responsive solutions. Persistent memory, a recent addition to the memory hierarchy, allows greater flexibility in data management by providing non-volatile, low latency memory closer to the processor. With NVDIMM technology, Micron delivers a powerful persistent memory solution capable of meeting many of today's biggest computing challenges.

Traditional memory architectures force system architects to sacrifice latency or bandwidth needed to access the critical data for these applications, and as a result, performance is often limited by I/O bottlenecks. Micron's NVDIMM solutions deliver architectures to meet the demands of applications that require high performance coupled with frequent access to large data sets while being sensitive to down time. In the event of a power failure or system crash, Micron's NVDIMM solution provides an onboard controller that safely transfers data stored in DRAM to the onboard non-volatile memory, thereby preserving the data that would otherwise be lost.

Micron's NVDIMM technology is a non-volatile solution that combines NAND flash reliability, DRAM performance and an optional power source into a single memory subsystem, delivering a powerful solution that ensures data stored in memory is protected against power loss, stated the company. By placing non-volatile memory on the DRAM bus, this architecture allows customers to store data close to the processor and significantly optimise data movement by delivering faster access to variables stored in DRAM.

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