Samsung, has launched new smart SSD in collaboration with Xilinx (recently acquired by AMD ), has unveiled one of the technologies; Smart SSD it has been working on recently. It has to do with storage on SSDs and above all it has to do with compression. With the idea of saving space and volume, these new SSDs are capable of storing up to 12 TB in a volume of only 4 TB.
SmartSSD CSD is the name given to this new technology for storage units. “Computational Storage Drive” is the meaning of the final acronym, and it all has to do with software optimization on the SSD. Essentially they have placed a processor inside the SSD to take care of certain tasks and optimize the available space.
The Samsung SSD SSD with its own processor
The new SSDs with this internal processor from Samsung have two main objectives. The first of these is to take processing tasks away from the main computer chip. By allocating storage-related tasks directly to the SSD, the workload on the CPU is lightened and therefore better performance can be obtained from the entire computer. For example, it can take care of encrypting and decrypting saved content.
However, the second objective is more interesting. The idea is to compress and decompress the data in real time directly on the SSD. Through software we can compress files so that they take up less space. This is nothing new and has been with us for years. But here the aim is to do it in real time and automatically. In this way much more information can be stored on the SSD without increasing its capacity. It is as if every time something was copied to the SSD or the SSD the files were compressed or decompressed in a .zip or .tar for example.
The first of Samsung smart SSD to feature this technology is the size of a 2.5-inch SSD. The difference in its external design is the connection it brings, which is no longer SATA. This change comes in order to achieve faster data transmission, promising sequential read speeds of up to 3,500MB/ s and sequential write speeds of up to 3,200MB/ s.
There are currently no official prices or availability for the market. The Smart SSD CSD will be offered first to companies and by contacting Samsung directly. We will see if, perhaps, in a few years it reaches the consumer, when the use of this type of technology is standardized.