A new SSD for PCI Express (PCIe) interfaces targets content creation and workstation applications. OCZ Technology Group Inc. demonstrated a prototype of its PCIe-based Vector SSD Series at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES, January 8-11). Residing directly on the PCIe bus, the device improves IOPS burst performance. It also delivers lower latency to data, faster file transfers and boot-ups, and expanded storage capacities over OCZ’s SATA III-based Vector SSDs.
Outfitted with the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller, the PCIe-based model supports high-performance Windows-based laptops, desktops, and workstations with four lanes of PCIe Gen 2 in full-height (FH) and half-height (HH) formats. Its advanced suite of flash management tools offers advanced drive endurance and data reliability in support of 100 GB host writes per day for five years.
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.