The decoupling of computers and memories

July 7, 2022 –
The production of data in the digital world is accelerating. Above all, AI and edge computing are contributing to exponential growth. In order to use the enormous amounts of data productively, the data must be recorded, stored, transported and analyzed.

This in turn requires enormous amounts of computing power and storage space. The separation of computing and storage capacities is a solution to this challenge that leads to more efficiency and cost savings.

The global volume of data is unimaginably large. According to a study by the market researcher IDC, the global amount of data will be ten times larger in 2030 than it was in 2020. It will then be around 570 zettabytes. Other experts predict even more growth: According to a study by Huawei, one yottabyte of data will be generated worldwide every year by 2030, which would correspond to a 23-fold increase compared to 2020. In case that doesn’t tell you, 1000 gigabytes is a terabyte, 1000 terabytes is a petabyte; an exabyte is 1000 petabytes, a zettabyte is 1000 exabytes, and a yottabyte is 1000 zettabytes. Efficient data processing and data storage are all the more important against the background of such numbers, also because the use of this data consumes huge amounts of energy.

The Yottabyte era begins

The storage industry is therefore facing major challenges because storage technologies have to keep up with the ever faster flow of data. Because this data is as much as digital gold if it can be used. However, it is not easy to not only mine relevant data, but also to identify and use it efficiently. Since big data systems require a lot of computing and storage capacity, new capacities have to be added again and again as the data stream grows. The cloud can play an important role here – in connection with the separation of storage and computing capacities.
The telecommunications group and storage specialist Huawei is developing a new storage concept for such use cases. It is about the “construction of a data-centric, trustworthy storage basis for a wide variety of applications”, as explained at the 2022 Innovative Data Infrastructure Forum. Therefore, the company will give priority to the development of decoupled memory-computer architectures and the acceleration of data applications.

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The decoupling of memory and computer
In order to achieve the goal, progress is needed in three areas, Dr. Peter Zhou, the product chief of Huawei’s IT product line. As organizations continue to accelerate their digital transformation, new data applications are becoming production applications that require higher data reliability. In addition, the difference in the length of the life cycle of data and computers is widening, which requires flexible and independent management and maintenance of computer and storage resources. This speaks in favor of a decoupled storage-compute architecture to make better use of elastic and inexpensive storage and enable faster and more reliable services at lower costs.

The acceleration of data applications
According to Huawei, storage systems need more components to accelerate data applications. There are more and more business applications that generate masses of data – for example decentralized databases, big data and AI applications. Therefore, future storage systems should be equipped with metadata management and intensive data processing to form various data acceleration modules, which could increase processing efficiency up to 10 times and significantly improve customer experience and operational efficiency.

The greening of the design
And finally, a green design system must be created to fundamentally improve the product development process, says the Huawei product manager. Various aspects would have to be taken into account, such as renewable materials, low-carbon components such as NAND flash, and high-density hardware. It also included supporting business services that optimize production operations to achieve greater energy efficiency.

The development of the computer and storage systems for the enormous data floods of the future is therefore in progress. In Switzerland, UMB is a Huawei gold partner, has extensive Huawei know-how and has already carried out numerous successful customer projects. As a Gold Partner, UMB is also a Certified Service Partner and can provide direct service locally for Huawei customers.
As far as Huawei storage systems are concerned, UMB is currently focusing on the NVMe all-flash storage systems OceanStor Dorado V6, which are tailored to various enterprise sizes and offer superior storage performance at a lower total cost of ownership. Please contact us for additional information.

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