Today’s Big Changes Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg

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Jim Handy, General Director, Objective Analysis

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Computer architecture is undergoing cataclysmic change. New flash tiers have been added to storage, and SSD caching has brought DAS back into servers. Storage Class Memory looms on the horizon, and with it come new storage protocols, new DIMM formats, and even new processor instructions. Meanwhile new chip technologies are phasing in, like 3D NAND flash and 3D XPoint Memory, new storage formats are being proposed including the Open-Channel SSD and Storage Intelligence, and all-flash storage is rapidly migrating into those applications that are not moving into the cloud. The future promises to bring us computing functions embedded within the memory array, learning systems permeating all aspects of computing, and adoption of architectures that are very different from today’s standard Von Neuman machines. In this presentation we will examine these technical changes and reflect on ways to avoid designing systems and software that limit our ability to migrate from today’s technologies to those of tomorrow.
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