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2020 Press Releases

November 12, 2020

Xilinx and Samsung Deliver Industry’s First Adaptable Computational Storage Drives

Xilinx, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced the availability of the Samsung SmartSSD® Computational Storage Drive (CSD). The SmartSSD CSD, powered by Xilinx® FPGAs, is the industry’s first adaptable computational storage platform providing the performance, customisation, and scalability required by data-intensive applications.

The SmartSSD CSD is a flexible, programmable storage platform that developers can use to create a variety of unique and scalable accelerators that solve a broad range of data centre problems. It empowers a new breed of software developers to easily build innovative hardware-accelerated solutions in familiar high-level languages. The SmartSSD CSD accelerates data processing performance by 10x or more for applications such as database management, video processing, artificial intelligence layers, complex search, and virtualisation.

“Processing data efficiently is the key to unlocking its value,” said Pej Roshan, vice president of marketing, Data Center Group at Xilinx. “The SmartSSD computational storage drive empowers a broad new range of developers to harness the benefits of computational storage and quickly deliver compelling applications to solve a host of thorny data centre challenges. From transparent compression to next-gen AI inferencing acceleration, the range of functions performed on the SmartSSD CSD is limited only by a developer’s imagination.”

“The industry is beginning to realise just how much the SmartSSD CSD will be able to boost performance in the datacenter and far beyond, and with the latest Xilinx tools for application development we anticipate dramatic growth in a wealth of acceleration applications,” said Jim Elliott, corporate senior vice president of Memory Sales and Marketing at Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

The SmartSSD CSD pushes high-speed computation closer to where the data lives, bypassing server CPU limits by incorporating a Xilinx FPGA accelerator. The reduced data movement lowers latency and power consumption for accelerated data processing speed and efficiency. The SmartSSD CSD allows enterprises to keep up with user demand for faster access to data without being forced to purchase more servers, driving up CAPEX and OPEX. Additionally, host CPU resources are freed up to handle other higher-level tasks more efficiently.

The Xilinx Adaptable Platform
By harnessing the Vitis™ unified software platform and accelerated libraries, the SmartSSD CSD platform is designed to enable the easy creation of custom applications. Both developers and enterprise appliance vendors can quickly go-to-market with pre-built customised applications. Runtimes, libraries, APIs, and drivers can be built into the system using common high-level languages such as C, C++ and OpenCL.

In addition, Xilinx has launched a high-performance, easy-to-deploy data encryption solution built on dm-crypt. SmartSSD CSD developers can utilise Vitis libraries to create turnkey acceleration applications that scale effortlessly across multiple SmartSSD CSDs by leveraging standard Linux kernel modules.

Turnkey Accelerated Applications
Xilinx ecosystem partners have developed a compelling range of turnkey accelerated applications that deliver accelerated data processing for services like big data analytics, video transcoding and search-in-storage.

Representative accelerated solutions, include:

  • Big data/data analytics – SmartSSD CSD with Bigstream’s hyper-acceleration layer allows customers to increase time-to-insight by up to 10x on the Apache Spark unified analytics engine for big data.

  • Search-in-storage – Lewis Rhodes Labs (LRL) applies novel neuromorphic processing with the SmartSSD CSD to find “needle-in-a-haystack” data from large data lakes by searching petabytes in minutes. LRL’s deterministic processing accelerates queries up to 100x faster than other solutions.

  • Video file transcoding – CTAccel’s pre-built SmartSSD CSD solution performs high-performance image processing that improves server throughput and latency while reducing up to 60 per cent of video transcoding costs.

  • Transparent compression – Eideticom’s NoLoad NVMe CSD enables up to 10x more storage capacity, increased line-rate compression performance, improved CPU utilisation, and reduced memory bandwidth pressure.