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What's in HPE's persistent memory?

Agam Shah | April 4, 2016
HPE's 8GB nonvolatile DIMMs merge DRAM and flash into one module

HPE believes NVDIMM could benefit applications like databases, where in-memory processing is a fast-growing trend. It says tests have shown up to a 10x boost in database and analytics applications tuned to run on NVDIMMs.

Where applications haven't been tuned, it says users will still see a 2x increase in SQL Server database logging, for example.

It plans to offer future NVDIMMs that emphasize larger capacity over performance. And HPE officials said Intel may offer its high-speed 3D Xpoint technology in a persistent memory form.

It sees NVDIMMs as a stepping stone on the way to future computing architectures. It's Synergy systems, which have a new type of "composable" infrastructure, will all be enabled for persistent memory when they ship.

It hasn't given a commercial release date yet for Synergy, but it plans to ship beta units to some customers in May, HPE officials said this week.

Further out, HPE's goal is to collapse memory and storage into a single tier using a new technology called memristors. It hasn't given an arrival date for that system, which is calls the Machine.

 

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