M-Systems has released the FFD 2.5" Ultra Wide SCSI flash disk . Manufactured in a case height measuring as little as 11.5mm, this product is the smallest flash disk currently available with a wide SCSI interface. High density computing applications with extreme space limitations, such as blade servers, provide a challenge for system designers. Blade servers are extremely-dense rack-mount servers, which require data storage that complies with low-output HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning). Traditional mechanical disks, due to their rotating mechanism, have difficulty complying with this requirement and typically operate at +5°C to +55°C. With an operating range of -40°C to +85°C, M-Systems' solid state FFD flash disk complies with NEBS level 3, which is the highest standard for mission-critical telecommunications applications. A high mean time between failures (MTBF) enabled by M-Systems' technology and TrueFFS flash management software allows blade server customers to replace two rotating mechanical disks and deploy only one FFD flash disk without the need for a back-up.
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David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.