Storage

Samsung unveils massive 800GB SSD for AI, supercomputing, IoT

The SZ985 Z-SSD is configured for the kind of big data processing necessary for next-gen machine learning efforts.

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  • Samsung has released the SZ985 Z-SSD, a new 800GB drive that supports supercomputing efforts to push AI, IoT, and more.
  • The Samsung SZ985 Z-SSD features 750K IOPS read performance and will also be available in a 240GB model.

Samsung unveiled a new 800GB SSD on Tuesday, aimed at powering supercomputing efforts and supporting artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, the firm announced in a press release.

The drive, officially titled SZ985 Z-SSD, is designed for high performance, high reliability, and low latency, the release said. This makes it a good fit for the kind of supercomputing of high-performance computing (HPC) that can drive things like AI and data analytics.

The introduction of the SZ985 Z-SSD shows that Samsung is serious about continuing to target the enterprise storage and data center markets. It's also a sign that elements of supercomputing may becoming commoditized and could find their way more readily into business applications in the next few years.

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The SSD was originally developed in 2017, the release said. Its focus on high-speed cache data and log data processing is what makes it a good fit for applications in the AI and big data spaces.

"With our leading-edge 800GB Z-SSD, we expect to contribute significantly to market introductions of next-generation supercomputing systems in the near future, enabling improved IT investment efficiency and exceptional performance," Jinman Han, senior vice president of Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering at Samsung Electronics, said in the release.

The SZ985 Z-SSD is a single-port, four-lane drive. It utilizes Z-NAND for a 10x improvement in cell read performance over the 3-bit V-NAND chips, the release said. It also features 1.5GB LPDDR4 DRAM and boasts 750K IOPS read performance, 16 microseconds of latency, and a random write speed of up to170K IOPS.

Users of the new 800GB drive will have a guarantee of 30 drive writes per day, for five years, the release noted. The drive will also be available in a 240GB version, with both to be formally introduced at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference 2018 in San Francisco.

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