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New Technology for Big Data Era Created, Claims Chipmaker Micron


11/10/2015




New Technology for Big Data Era Created, Claims Chipmaker Micron
A brand new type of memory technology is claimed to have been developed that can offer the same memory speed and persistent storage found in chips located next to a computer’s processor. US chipmaker Micron made this claim and claims to have created a revolutionary memory technology.
 
Company experts claimed that the new computing technology would enable the computing world to handle the big data jobs that companies are trying to throw at today’s specialized hardware and cloud offerings.
 
The information that is input into a computer is stored in two places. The first place is next to the processor where the memory is smaller, more expensive and usually only stores information as long as the computer is on. This is termed as the volatile memory of the computer. For this type of memory, most computers and servers use something that is called Dynamic Random Access Memory or DRAM.
 
The disadvantages of DRAM are that when one shuts down the computer, everything is wiped clean and the technology is costly. Hence in all computers most data is stored in someplace else.
Data is stored on a solid state drive made from flash memory chips in modern computers and data centers, where the information needs to be accessed quickly.
 
However it takes longer to get data stored in someplace else compared to keeping it in memory. But there are benefits that in case there is a power supply failure to the computer or the computing system, there would be no data loss and one would be able to get access to the stored data and that too a lot of it relatively cheaply.
 
For all the top technology based companies like SAP and Google, getting as much information stored right next to the computer processor it is possible to get jobs performed quickly. This is necessary for cases where the challenge is how to get more information into the DRAM as the world tries to make everything bigger and faster.
 
However the disadvantage of jamming too much of data and information into the limited space is that there is increased chance of memory is to get corrupt or shutting down and losing everything which leads to waste of more time.
 
Micron’s innovation in development of the new form of memory technology is that it takes the existing DRAM chips and the NAND flash chips and added a little extra circuitry to them and inserts them into a module alongside a third logic chip that tells the data where to go.
  
The resultant of the new technology which is being called NVDIMM where the NV stands for non-volatile is a memory chip that sits next to the computer processor and would be able to handle 8 GB of information and doesn’t lose that data when the power is turned off.
 
The existing slots on a DRAM module server would be able to accommodate the new product and the company claims that people can buy the product right away.
 
The company anticipates that a 16 GB version of the new technology would be available in the first half of 2016, said Brian Shirley, VP of memory and technology solutions at Micron.
 
Earlier this summer the company also came up with a new flash memory technology called 3D Xpoint that could be used in solid state drives.
 
(Source:www.fortune.com) 






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