Samsung introduced the second generation of SmartSSD smart solid storage devices, a feature of which is the availability of a universal computing platform from AMD Hilinx on the programmable ventilation matrix Versal.
In the first generation of SmartSSD devices, the Hilinx Kintex matrix, supplemented by 4 Gbytes of Operational Memory, was used. AMD Hilinx calls new Versal chips because it uses computing units for different tasks ranging from classical PLIS to Arm Cortex-A and Cortex-R kernels, as well as DSP and cryptods.
Unlike the traditional SmartSSD hard drives from Samsung, data can be processed directly, thus minimizing data transfer between SSD and central or graphic processors, as well as operational memory.
Samsung notes that smart storage devices are becoming increasingly popular, as the technology at their core avoids the bottlenecks that often occur between storage devices and processors. With the wider diffusion of artificial intelligence technologies, machine learning, and 5G, where large amounts of data are needed, the problem becomes more and more pressing.
According to Samsung, the second generation of their SmartSSD processes "hard" OBD requests 50 percent faster than traditional server solid storage devices. They are 70% more cost-effective and reduce the load on the system's central processor to 97%, as FPGA Versal takes the lead.