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Profiting from the NVDIMM Market

Profiting from the NVDIMM Market

NVDIMMs, introduced in 2009, are finally gaining widespread adoption. This device is not only used as fail-safe storage for both storage arrays (SAN) and hyperscale data centers, but is also helping to accelerate software development for future computing systems that will use persistent memory (PM –sometimes known as storage class memory, or SCM).

This report investigates NVDIMM technology, its use, and its future, while explaining how and why it is just now gaining market traction."


Executive Summary
What is an NVDIMM?
NVDIMM History
Some Background: The Memory/Storage Hierarchy
Definitions of NVDIMM Types: -N, -F, -P
NVDIMM-N
NVDIMM-F
NVDIMM-P
Comparing the Three NVDIMM Standards
Other NVDIMM Types
NVDIMM vs. Other Technologies in the Memory/Storage Hierarchy
NVDIMM vs. SSDs
NVDIMM vs. DRAM
NVDIMM Software
Special BIOS Requirements
Special Operating System Requirements
Support from the Linux Community
Windows NVDIMM Support
NVDIMM Management
Changes Required of Application Programs
Which Applications Need NVDIMM?
What Systems Will Use it?
Storage Area Networks
Hyperscale Computing
In-Memory Databases
High-Performance Workstations
Why Do They Need It?
Data Loss from Power Failures
Persistence in I/O-Bound Systems
Alternatives to Using NVDIMMs
NVDIMM Security Concerns
Using NVDIMMs to Develop Tomorrow’s Computers
Storage-Class Memory (SCM) and Persistent Memory (PM)
Scaling Limits: How Persistent Memory will Replace DRAM
The Economics of Persistent Memory
Survey of Persistent Memory Technologies
Outlook for New Memory Technologies
Using NVDIMM-N to Develop SCM/PM Software
The Impact of Intel’s 3D XPoint Memory and Optane DIMMs
Optane as a Large (Volatile) Memory
Optane for Persistence
NVDIMM Standardization
Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC)
Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface Forum (UEFI)
Profiles of NVDIMM Manufacturers
AgigA/Cypress
Diablo Technology
IBM Corporation
Intel Corporation
Micron Technology
Netlist
Samsung
SanDisk/Western Digital Corporation
SK hynix
SMART Modular Technologies
Viking Technology/Sanmina
Windawn
Xitore
NVDIMM Forecasts by Type
NVDIMM-N
NVDIMM-P
NVDIMM-F
NVDIMM-X
Combined NVDIMM Forecast
Methodology
Further Reading
Figures
Tables
Author

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