Tuesday, April 12th 2022

SMART Modular Announces the SMART Kestral PCIe Optane Memory Add-in-Card to Enable Memory Expansion and Acceleration

SMART Modular Technologies, Inc. ("SMART"), a division of SGH and a global leader in memory solutions, solid-state drives, and hybrid storage products, announces its new SMART Kestral PCIe Optane Memory Add-in-Card (AIC), which is able to add up to 2 TB of Optane Memory expansion on a PCIe-Gen4-x16 or PCIe-Gen3-x16 interface independent of the motherboard CPU. SMART's Kestral AICs accelerate selected algorithms by offloading software-defined storage functions from the host CPU to the Intel FPGA on the AIC. SMART's Kestral memory AICs are ideal for hyperscale, data center, and other similar environments that run large memory applications, and would benefit from memory acceleration or system acceleration through computational storage.

"With the advancement of new interconnect standards such as CXL and OpenCAPI, SMART's new family of SMART Kestral AICs addresses the industry's need for a variety of new memory module form factors and interfaces for memory expansion and acceleration," stated Mike Rubino, SMART Modular's vice president of engineering. "SMART is able to leverage our many years of experience in developing and productizing controller-based memory solutions to meet today's emerging and continually evolving memory add-on needs of server and storage system customers."
Key benefits:
  • More memory per server at lower cost per gigabyte
  • Field upgrades for new algorithms and protocols
  • Seamless upgrades for existing servers with custom memory solutions
  • Support for multiple memory technologies and protocols, including Intel Optane DIMMs, DDR4 RDIMMs, and LRDIMMs
Technical specifications:
  • Full-Height, Half-Length (FHHL), dual slot form factor
  • Less than 150 W Thermal Design Power (TDP) using a passive heatsink
  • Intel Stratix 10 DX FPGA enabled with multiple IP support for defining custom solutions
  • Quad Core ARM A53 with dedicated on-board 2 GB DDR4 memory and 8 GB storage acceleration
  • Four DIMM slots with two independent channels, which can be populated with four Optane DIMMs up to 512 GB each or two DDR4 RDIMMs up to 256 GB each
Future AICs from SMART will be capable of supporting 4 TB of Optane Memory in persistent App Direct Mode via normal load/store semantics for all CPU architectures -- freeing up precious, direct-attached DDR DIMM slots. SMART Kestral memory cards are ideal for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) training servers, permitting large algorithms to be developed quickly and without risk of failure during a power loss event.
Source: Smart Modular Technologies
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1 Comment on SMART Modular Announces the SMART Kestral PCIe Optane Memory Add-in-Card to Enable Memory Expansion and Acceleration

Keleb Nintendo
Why doesn't, Intel use a form like this for the average user, It could be a manger game changer.
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