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SanDisk displays ULLtraDIMM enabled server at Computex 2014

SanDisk demonstrates their ULLtraDIMM solution in the Supermicro booth at Computex 2014.

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Published Wed, Jun 4 2014 11:51 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Computex 2014 SanDisk had the revolutionary new ULLtraDIMM on display in the Supermicro booth at Computex 2014. The key to enabling such a radically new take on storage technology is the rapid uptake of an ecosystem of partners to quickly expand into wide market acceptance. The emergence of new platforms that are readily available from partners such as Supermicro is a big step forward for the ULLtraDIMM initiative.

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The MCS (Memory Channel Storage) system, provided by Diablo, allows the NAND-based ULLtraDIMM storage device to communicate over the memory channels. This eliminates much of the bus contention and inefficiencies of the PCIe bus. Providing a direct connection to the CPU via the memory slot delivers game-changing performance, but unfortunately isn't a plug-and-play solution. Here we can see 4 ULLtraDIMM's working inside the Supermicro SuperServer 6027AX-72RF-HFT3. This server has an enhanced BIOS that allows for full utilization of the standard DDR channels for system storage.

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Of course we would like to see some benchmarks running on the device live, but this was merely a static demo. SanDisk is forwarding us preliminary performance results in several application workloads, so look for preliminary performance benchmarks here at TweakTown soon.

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