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How ever-advancing technology evolution has led us to 16 Gbit memory

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16 Gbit memory is here, just in time to handle Big Data, IoT, AI and Cloud workloads. Learn more about the collaboration between HPE, Samsung, and AMD to introduce the industry-first 16 Gbit 64 GByte RDIMM.

Blog_16GB.jpgLike time, the march of technology doesn’t slow for anyone. What’s new and shiny now will eventually be overtaken by the next generation of technological advances. The steam-driven calculating machine of 1822 led to the electronic numerical integrator and calculator of 1944, which filled a 20x40 ft. room and had 18,000 vacuum tubes. The Apollo guidance computer, which was used in 1969 to land the first people on the moon, had only 64 KByte of memory.

In 1975, Paul Allen and Bill Gates wrote software for the first microcomputer, the Altair 8080. In 2001, Apple unveiled the Mac OS X operating system, and Microsoft rolled out Windows XP. The first 64-bit processor became available to the consumer market in 2003. Nowadays, our mobile phones have the processing power to complete the same tasks a computer can do, making all of these past computing technologies obsolete.

The ongoing technology evolution applies to memory too

In 1970, Intel released the first dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip, which was capable of storing only 1 KByte of memory. Samsung Electronics introduced synchronous DRAM in 1993, and it quickly became the industry standard. In just the last 20 years, memory manufacturers have migrated from a 4 Gbit, to an 8 Gbit, to a 16 Gbit memory chip manufacturing process, enabling significant increases in storage density, memory capacity, and performance.

And thank goodness. As technology has progressed, Big Data, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and the Cloud have led a workload transformation with a corresponding increase in the amount of data being created, gathered, analyzed, and disseminated. Businesses need more real-time tools to succeed in an environment where these workloads and other information technology approaches, such as server virtualization, high-performance computing, and advanced database management, are challenging installed memory capacity and computing speed.

HPE, which has a long history of working with suppliers to advance server and memory technologies, most recently worked with Samsung Electronics to bring to market the first HPE 64 GByte SmartMemory RDIMM based on new 16 Gbit DRAM technology. Samsung is the first in the industry to begin volume production of 16 Gbit DDR4 memory, and HPE is the first major server platform in the industry qualified to use the memory. This new memory technology uses less power while increasing performance and memory capacity, making it perfect for applications such as Big Data analytics, virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure, and in-memory databases.

So far, the 64 GByte RDIMMs are qualified for use on the HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 server and the HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 server. Both are based on Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)’s EPYC™ 7000 processors, which are built for the new and emerging workloads that are dominating the modern data center.

HPE, Samsung and AMD collaborate to advance the technology evolution

Working together, HPE, Samsung and AMD are creating a solution that will help you meet the need for more scalability, more memory capacity per CPU core, optimal power and performance, plus reductions in total cost of ownership.

Recent performance benchmark testing by HPE of the 16 Gbit 64 GByte RDIMM on the HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 server revealed an up to 54% decrease in power usage when compared to 64 GByte 4Rx4 LRDIMMs. This indicated a savings of up to 115 W of system memory power. It also identified an improvement in read/write throughput per watt of up to 46% when compared to 64 GByte 4Rx4 LRDIMMs.

The HPE 64 GByte SmartMemory RDIMM using the Samsung 16 Gbit technology will be available in August 2018 on both the HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 and the HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 servers.

Will the continuing march of technology innovation deliver a glorious computing future?

I think so. For today, learn more about the collaboration between HPE, Samsung, and AMD to introduce the industry-first 16 Gbit 64 GByte RDIMM.


Meet Server Expertsshutterstock_image.jpg blogger Adrian Salinas, Server Memory Product Manager, HPE Servers. Adrian joined HPE in 1993 and is presently responsible for the management of HPE’s Server Memory product line.

 

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