PMC Flashtec + Memblaze PBlaze 4 = NVM Express SSD Awesomeness!

June 1, 2015

Author: Stephen Bates (@stepbates)

In mid-May I headed to Beijing to attend Memblaze’s launch of their new Solid State Drives (SSDs) based on the PMC Flashtec™ controller. I was verStephen Batesy happy to make the trip because we have worked closely with Memblaze over the past 18 months as they transferred their SSDs from the FPGA-based PBlaze3 to the PMC Flashtec based PBlaze4. There has been a lot of interest within China around these Memblaze SSDs and NVM Express™ (NVMe™), and I wanted to go there and see for myself.

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5 Reasons Why C-RAN Matters to Everyone

May 21, 2015

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Author: Scott Wakelin

Much has been written in the trade press recently about how mobile network operators, like Verizon Wireless and AT&T in the U.S., Orange in France, or China Mobile in, well, China) are looking at a new architecture for how they build their networks, which is called C-RAN, or Centralized Radio Access Network.

All subscribers of mobile services should care about C-RAN, and here are my 5 reasons why.

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A Port Fixation

April 27, 2015

Author: Neil Cameron

Many of the customers I talk to have a fixation on port numbers. I find it a bit unusual because we tend not to have the same sort of fixation on anything else we doethernet cable in life. The benefits of more ports seem obvious—my fellow blogger Dave Berry writes about how performance and capacity help data centers do more with less—but when it comes to RAID controllers or HBAs, we definitely have a fixation.

For example: I have 2 x SSD – hmm, you don’t have a 2-port controller so I’ll look at 4-port instead. I’m not interested in looking at 16-port controllers because I’m fixated on the number of drives I currently have. That’s a shame because in fact it’s the 16-port controller that you need, whether you currently realize it or not.

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The Drive for a Higher Capacity Mobile Network

April 22, 2015

Author: Scott Wakelin

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Mobile operators worldwide are investigating new architectures in the Radio Access Network to increase capacity and reduce costs. The C-RAN architecture is the leading solution to this challenge. With C-RAN, baseband processing is moved out of the cell site and into a central location, which creates a new challenge: how to cost-effectively extend the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) to the centralized baseband location – a function the industry has named Fronthaul.

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I Feel the Need for (Read) Speed

April 14, 2015

Author: Neil Cameron

Our Adaptec team in Germany has put together a vendor lab where vendors, such as hard drive and SSD manufacturers, speedometercan bring their gear and test against our products. While we have validation testing going on all the time in other PMC centers, having the ability for a vendor to sit and play with the combination of our gear and theirs is getting people pretty excited.

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POWER Up with PMC! PMC at the OpenPOWER Summit

April 2, 2015

Author: Stephen Bates (@stepbates)Stephen Bates

March 17-19, 2015 marked the first ever OpenPOWER Summit, which was held at the San Jose Convention Center. This was an opportunity for the 110+ members of OpenPOWER to get together and showcase the progress to-date in establishing an open CPU/server framework around the Power8 processor and sub-systems. At the same time, this was a chance for non-OpenPOWER companies to learn more about what members are trying to achieve and determine how best to work with this ecosystem going forward.

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UCSD Non-Volatile Memory Workshop – Paving the Way for Persistent Main-Memory

March 26, 2015

Author: Stephen Bates (@stepbates)

Recall from my last blog that I have a mantra – Let’s stop thinking about NVM as fast storage and start thinking about itTower as (slow) memory! Well it seems I am not alone in that thinking, as this premise was very well represented at the NVM Workshop organized by two of the research groups at UCSD.

PMC had the pleasure of being a Platinum Sponsor at this year’s event and I always consider this to be the technical counter-point to Flash Memory Summit. The event is a lot smaller than FMS but more technically orientated with a nice mix of industrial and academic speakers. I have been attending for three years now and always find it a great place to catch up on people’s research and meet graduate students (who might be persuaded to come work for PMC).

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Why Standards Matter

March 13, 2015

Author: Jeremiah TusseyTower

We may not think about them often, but technical standards impact most aspects of our daily lives. Gasoline refined in California will work in a car engine built in Japan. Your phone charger plugs into an outlet in your office just as easily as into an outlet in a hotel room. And your bank card works in ATMs in Texas, Ohio, Florida, or wherever.

The storage industry has its own set of technical standards, and PMC is actively involved in the initiatives and communities that lead to the development of standardized feature-sets. Additionally, we regularly participate in test events to prove out our latest silicon, boards, and firmware to ensure proper protocol operation in open environments.

Our leadership and input have led to cutting-edge PMC innovations, better interoperability with other vendors and happy customers.

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What’s the Value of an Airway?

February 27, 2015

Author: Tom SunTower

Hong Kong is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in. Over there, one million dollars can buy you a 200 square foot home. In a recent AWS-3 spectrum auction in the US, AT&T spent $18.2 billion for a nationwide 20 MHz airway. The same one million dollars can rent you 1KHz of licensed spectrum for a few years. Why are operators spending so much money to secure the rights to send some electromagnetic pulses through the air?

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What is an Archive Drive Anyway?

February 24, 2015

Guest Author: Per Brashers, Founder, Yttibrium LLCYttibrium
A consultancy focused on efficient storage and computing

 

Cold Storage Demystified

Most of the Internet Moguls have been asking for a longer service life. This may be a MTBF of 3,000,000 going to 4,000,000 or a warrantee of 7 years. Either way there are some tricky bits to deal with when talking about an archive class hard drive. The point of this article is to understand what are the top factors that are important to a ColdStorage system.

If you just want to jump to the conclusions, there is a section at the end for that, as well as the asks for both providers and consumers.

While still at Facebook, I coined a phrase, ColdStorage. I also regret coining the term ColdFlash, but more on that later..

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