Pogo fights for children’s literacy – you can help!

Help Page Ahead fight for children's literacy

As tech-savvy internet dwellers, we take the ability to read for granted. However, did you know that in Washington state, only 36% of children from low income families can read at a basic level, versus 68% of their middle and upper income counterparts?1 In addition, did you know that kids who don’t read at grade level by 3rd grade are 4x more likely to drop out of school?2 This represents a huge problem, considering that 45% — or almost half a million children — are on free or price-reduced meal plans in Washington State.3

Research has shown that two thirds of the reading achievement gap can be explained through learning loss that occurs during the summer months of the primary school years. The other third occurs before students even enter kindergarten. However, 61% of low-income families have no books in their homes for their children.4 Not only that, 80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children at all.5

Though this paints a dire picture for the future of America, there are organizations committed to combating these alarming statistics. Founded in Seattle back in 1990, Page Ahead is one such organization, making a huge impact in the state of Washington. They have created a vast array of programs to put books in the hands of the kids that need them most.

Page Ahead - A Taste For Reading Luncheon 2-16

Pogo Linux is proud to have been one of the sponsors of the annual Page Ahead benefit luncheon in Seattle. We are happy to report that the luncheon raised thousands of dollars for this worthy cause! This guarantees that thousands of children’s lives will be enriched by the gift of reading.

“Literacy can make the difference between the poverty of one generation and the promise of the next. Page Ahead helps children realize their potential by providing them with the inspiration to read.“ – Page Ahead

Despite the success of the luncheon, there is still so much more to be done! To lend your support to children’s literacy, you can make a tax-deductible donation to Page Ahead here. To learn more about how this organization is making a difference, please visit the Page Ahead website.

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1,3 From the “Washington State Report Card”, 2014-2015
2 Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2012). Double Jeopardy: How third grade reading skills and poverty influence high school graduation. Washington D.C.
4 Neuman, Susan B. and David K. Dickinson, ed. Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 2. New York, NY: 2006, p. 31.
5 Neuman, Susan B., et al. Access for All: Closing the Book Gap for Children in Early Education. Newark, DE: International Reading Association, 2001, p. 3.

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New things. Big things. Intel Solutions Summit 2016.

Another year of amazing innovations - The Intel Solutions Summit 2016

Pogo has just returned from Orlando, Florida where we attended the Intel Solutions Summit 2016. ISS is the annual event where Intel execs give presentations to their partners, sharing juicy details about their current and upcoming projects. Now that the fog of jetlag has begun to clear, let’s do a quick recap!

There are a bunch of new (and evolving) projects that Intel was excited to tell us about. Here are just a few of them, which are either available now or will be later this year.

The Intel® Xeon® E5 2600 v4 Processor Family

intel-xeon-e5-v4Last week, Intel unveiled their latest generation Xeon CPU. It represents a big step forward in processor architecture, sporting up to 22 cores and a shrunken 14 nm die. One nice benefit of the new v4 architecture is that it can be run on the same platform as the previous v3 processors. This means the v4 is instantly compatible with a huge percentage of our product line. Contact us to check on availability.

3D NAND Memory Architecture

With storage cells layered on top of each other, 3D NAND offers 3x higher capacity than competing technologies. Not only will this bring down the cost per gigabyte of flash based devices, but it will also increase capacity. In the next five years, we will start to see flash drives that are larger than current spinning disks by almost an order of magnitude!

NVMe Protocol

Intel NVMe SSDThe NVMe protocol (Non-Volatile Memory Express) protocol specifies how non-volatile storage media connects to the PCI Express bus. The new 3D NAND storage devices use this specification. This enables storage that is not only much more dense, but also significantly faster than SATA devices. Ask us how this can dramatically improve the performance of your next Pogo server or workstation!

3D XPoint™ (Intel Optane™)

As outlined in our prior blog post, 3D XPoint (branded as Intel Optane) is set to completely disrupt the memory industry with extremely dense, ultra-fast, non-volatile memory. In the memory hierarchy, 3D XPoint will sit just below DRAM in performance but will be much faster than current SSD flash technologies. Since XPoint is non-volatile, it will open up all new possibilities for caching data or augmenting DRAM for very large datasets. This exciting technology will be available later in 2016. Stay tuned.

Portable Computing Devices

The product showcase featured a huge selection of new devices leveraging Intel’s latest processors. With all the latest tablets, detachable 2 in 1s, convertible 2 in 1s, traditional laptops, and mini PCs, there was definitely something for everyone.

Mini PCs

Intel NUC Mini PCIntel is continually paving the way for new applications of PC technology. They showcased lots of remarkable ways to deploy their NUC (mini PC), and Compute Stick (HDMI pluggable PC in a tiny ‘stick’ form factor). Their live hands-on demos highlighted portable music production, streaming camera applications, real-time facial recognition, in-store signage, and large scale video display.

With all the amazing new Intel technologies coming out this year, we can’t wait to see what Intel has in store for us at next year’s event!

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Introducing the Intel Xeon E5 2600 v4 Processor Family

A “tick” is not merely a check mark or a nuisance insect – it’s a major Intel® product launch!

In accordance with Moore’s Law, Intel’s Xeon® E5 2600 v4 processor family represents a “tick” in Intel’s “tick-tock” upgrade model. The overall microarchitecture remains the same, but shrinks. (In this case slimming down from 22 nm to 14 nm).

What this means to you is that our Intel Xeon based server collection just got a major boost. These new Xeon processors are available immediately* as a configurable option on nearly every Intel server we offer.

Key features of the Intel Xeon E5 2600 v4 Processor Family

Key benefits of the new processor family are a higher core count (up to 22 cores per CPU), the smaller 14 nm die, faster DDR4 2400 memory, and support for NVDIMMs. Initial benchmarking has indicated an average performance boost of 20% over comparable v3 processor versions.

New additional advanced features have also been added to the architecture. Intel Resource Director Technology (Intel RDT) offers better management of shared platform resources — for example L3 cache and system memory — across networking, storage, and compute using advanced orchestration and automation capabilities. Built for software-defined infrastructure, these new features of the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 family are foundational to deliver resource utilization, service tiering, and quality of service (QoS) levels that are both efficient and automated.

The Intel tick-tock model

Another notable benefit of the “tick” part of the cycle is that these new CPUs can be run on the same platform as the Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family, with little more than a BIOS update. Contact us if you’re interested in upgrading your existing Pogo servers.

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• Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 Processor
• 1U chassis with 4x 3.5″ Drives
• DDR4 memory up to 1024GB
• 10GB Ethernet onboard
• Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 Processor
• 2U chassis Quad Node
• DDR4 memory up to 1024GB
• 10GB Ethernet onboard

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 888-828-POGO, or email sales@pogolinux.com to discuss all the advantages of this latest Intel platform. We’ll walk you through all of the new technologies, and make sure you get the right server for your needs.

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Pogo Linux on Bad Voltage!

Pogo Linux visits Bad Voltage

Last week, Pogo Linux CEO Erik Logan was interviewed on Episode 62 of the popular technology podcast, “Bad Voltage.”

Bad Voltage has become renowned for their irreverent takes on open source, technology, politics, gaming, music, and the internet. Equally importantly, they are renowned for their activities in support of the open source community. Pogo Linux has worked with them at numerous Linux related conventions over the years.

In this episode of the podcast, the Bad Voltage team interviews Pogo CEO Erik Logan. They discussed the ins and outs of building systems for Linux, and workstations with a terabyte of RAM! Check it out:

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Ubuntu with RAID 1 – Whatever It Takes

R&D Saves the Day

One of the reasons people trust Pogo Linux to help them solve their IT challenges is they know how much research and development goes into our products. Our engineering team leaves no stone unturned in the process of certifying our systems.

Our clients often need custom RAID configurations on their servers and workstations. Most of the time, the tools that are built into the Linux distro make it easy to configure the system as needed. However, exceptions can and do happen. Here is just one example of how diligence in the product development phase enabled our production team to quickly meet the needs of a customer.

The Usual Scenario

When setting up a workstation, it is often desirable to set up the storage drives in some RAID 1 - mirroredform of RAID for enhanced performance and/or redundancy. Still, workstations are not always configured with a hardware RAID card. This generally results in a software RAID being set up during the operating system (OS) installation. However, depending on the chosen distro, workarounds are sometimes necessary.

Recently, we received an order for multiple Ubuntu workstations, each specified to have two Solid State Drives (SSDs), configured as a RAID 1 (mirrored pair) with the operating system installed to it. Since there were no hardware RAID cards specified, they’d need to be set up with either software RAID (using an app called DMRAID within the operating system) or Fake RAID (in the system BIOS). Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 was the OS of choice for all six systems.Installing Ubuntu 14.04

Since the desktop version of Ubuntu is not equipped to create a software RAID, the server version of Ubuntu is initially installed. (The server version does include tools for building a software RAID.) After the server version is complete, the Desktop version of the OS is installed over the top of it. However, sometimes situations arise that require even more extensive workarounds.

The Edge Case

When this order came in, our engineering team recognized that because of the motherboards installed in these workstations, more extra steps would be necessary in order to set up a software RAID on these systems.

When following the initial procedure of installing Ubuntu Server, the system will boot to GRUB, start to load Ubuntu, and then hang. It hangs during the portion of the start-up where the OS mounts the drive partitions. This same configuration works just fine with CentOS and other distros. It is unique to Ubuntu, when it is coupled with the specific motherboard in this system.

The Solution

Installing mdadm

Here is an overview of the procedure to install Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 with a software RAID 1 on this Tempest workstation:

1.  Boot up to the system BIOS. Set up a RAID mirrored pair, configured to use the Intel Fake RAID chipset on the motherboard.

2.  Start the desktop OS install by booting into the live DVD version of Ubuntu Server 14.04 and choosing “Try Ubuntu.”

3.  Open a terminal and remove dmraid (RAID management software), which comes by default with the desktop version.

4.  While still at the command line, install MDADM which is a more robust software package for RAID management. Once installed, MDADM will recognize the Intel Fake RAID and see the two drives as one mirrored pair.

5.  Continue with the installation of Ubuntu to the mirrored pair. Near the end of the process, the installation will fail while Install failuretrying to install GRUB to the MBR.  This is expected, and nothing to be alarmed about.

boot repair6.  Reboot the installation DVD and choose “Try Ubuntu” again. Connect to the internet. Install Boot Repair and run it. Click the button to have the tool fix the boot loader and install GRUB.

7. Reboot into the OS and install the customer’s preferred desktop manager.

Just another day at the office

This serves as a great example of how a well researched internal engineering database enables us to predict and overcome any challenges that may arise while designing, building, and supporting the huge variety of solutions that we offer.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to install a software RAID on Ubuntu desktop, or how Pogo can help you conquer all of your organization’s IT challenges, contact us today.

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Two Cities, Two Free Open Source Events

Ohio LinuxFest and SeaGL

Now that summer has ebbed and autumn is taking hold, our open source trade show schedule is cranking up once again. This Friday, we’re thrilled to return to Columbus for Ohio LinuxFest. Then later in October we’re sponsoring SeaGL 2015 in Seattle. Per usual, we’ll have lots of fun swag and prize drawings at both shows. Here are some more details…

Ohio LinuxFest – Oct. 2nd & 3rd

Ohio LinuxFestOriginally created as a way for regional LUGs to get together, Ohio LinuxFest is now in its thirteenth year. The conference continues to grow rapidly with each meeting. This year, they’re expecting well over a thousand open source professionals and enthusiasts to attend the expo and info sessions.

This year’s keynote will be delivered by Alan Robertson, founder of the Linux-HA project. The info sessions promise to have something for everyone. Topics run the gamut from the basics of encryption to the management of Linux-based infrastructures. Best of all, it’s free (as in beer)!

Workstation raffle prizeTo top it off, we are donating a nicely appointed Linux Workstation to be given away in the OLF raffle (click the image for specs). Make sure you buy plenty of tickets!

SeaGL Conference – Oct. 23rd & 24th

Also free (as in beer) for attendees, the 2015 Seattle GNU/Linux Conference is now in its third year. Though comparatively new, this show has quickly built a reputation for hosting high-quality content. This year is definitely no exception. Shauna Gordon-McKeon of Rapid Science will deliver the Saturday keynote. The show will wrap up on Sunday afternoon with a presentation by the creator of the GNU Project and pillar of the open source community, Richard Stallman. In between those two events, there is a jam-packed schedule of informative and entertaining presentations.  You’ll have trouble narrowing it down to which ones you want to attend!

Micron SSDAnd you know Pogo will be at both shows, highlighting our new virtualization-based systems and giving away our ever-popular promotional items. Not only that, in partnership with Micron we are giving away several Solid State Drives. Stop by our booth and fill out an entry slip for your chance to win!

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3D XPoint: Intel and Micron disrupt the memory industry

Introducing 3D XPoint

The first new class of memory in 25 years

1989 was a good year. Gas was less than a dollar per gallon; Intel unveiled the 486 series CPU; the Berlin Wall came down; and Nintendo released the first Game Boy. There was also a milestone you may not remember: 1989 was the the last time the semiconductor industry introduced a major new memory architecture. For the past 25 years, NAND flash memory has served us well. Though you are not likely to still be playing your original Game Boy, you are definitely still using NAND. This decades-old non-volatile rewritable memory architecture is a primary building block for devices such as USB flash drives, SSDs, and your cell phone. This is pretty impressive for technology that was introduced in the same year that Ronald Reagan moved out of the white house!

A whole new memory architecture

Given that so much time has passed, you’d imagine not only that it’s time for a newer architecture, but also that it had better be impressive. Never ones to back down from a challenge, Intel and Micron have been hard at work on a brand new class of memory which they are calling 3D XPoint™.

On paper, 3D XPoint (pronounced “cross point”) does not disappoint, with performance landing somewhere between system DRAM and Solid State Drives. Intel and Micron report a 1,000x improvement over NAND in both speed and endurance, plus a 10x improvement in density over conventional memory. Although it’s not as fast as volatile system RAM, 3D XPoint is much denser, plus your data does not go away when the power is turned off.

Intel 3D XPoint Technology

The incredible performance increase over NAND-based SSDs is facilitated by a three-dimensional architecture, where memory cells sit at the intersection of word lines and bit lines (the crosspoint, if you will). This unique structure allows each cell to be individually addressable. As a result, data can be read and written in much smaller chunks than the 16K blocks of a typical NAND architecture. Though Intel and Micron have yet to release specific figures, the efficiency of this new architecture should bring about significant power savings, as well.

A third layer of system memory

The traditional computing paradigm has generally consisted of two memory components: fast/temporary system RAM and slow/permanent data storage. 3D XPoint asserts itself as a third memory component, positioned neatly between system RAM and bulk data storage.

3d-xpoint-low-latencyAt the recent event where Intel and Micron unveiled 3D XPoint, they shared little detail about how the technology will find its way into the products the industry will bring to market next year. Industry pundits have expressed a range of hypotheses on this. They tell us to expect various form factors, such as NVDIMMs that will plug straight into the motherboard, NVMe-style devices that run on the PCI bus, and possibly even self-contained drives that would run alongside existing SSDs.

Use cases

The most obvious use case calls for 3D XPoint to be employed as an additional layer of cache, speeding up applications and databases. However, the non-volatile nature of 3D XPoint provides an enormous advantage, since the data it contains does not need to be replicated at lower layers, such as hard drives or SSDs. This could enhance the performance of databases, as active data can be stored in the middle layer, while less frequently accessed data is written to the slower bottom layer (SSD or HDD). This could be a boon to research facilities, as extremely large data sets could be analyzed in real time. On the consumer side, one eventual use case could eventually have 3D XPoint employed in gaming consoles. Game levels and data could be stored in such a way that the end user never perceives any loading times. Another use case has 3D XPoint replacing NAND in portable and embedded devices, leveraging the incredible density and endurance of the new architecture.

Since this is an entirely new classification of memory technology, there are sure to be future applications of 3D XPoint that we cannot yet imagine. Meanwhile, starting next year, your next Pogo system will have some exciting new configuration possibilities. Stay tuned to www.pogolinux.com for details.

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Ultimate Computing Power in a Nearly Silent Workstation

Maximum available computing power peacefully residing under your desk

Big computing doesn’t always happen at the data center. Sometimes you need maximum computing power right there at your desk. Unfortunately, being in same room as a maximum-performance pc can be like sharing a room with a jet engine.

Why are systems so loud?

As you probably know, computing power creates heat. Lots of heat. With modern PC components becoming smaller yet more powerful, they require a considerable amount of power to run. This power creates heat, especially under load. When sitting idly at the desktop, most modern PCs are not terribly loud. However, as soon as you start an application that requires a lot of system resources, the internal components heat up quickly. In a typical PC, this heat is mitigated by a bevy of heatsinks and fans mounted on the CPU and in the computer chassis. As load increases and the CPU starts to heat up, the system increases the speed of the fans to compensate. This works well in a server room or data center environment, where noise is not a problem and there are HVAC systems in place to pull the heated air out of the building. However, this type of system tends to be unbearable in an environment where humans need to get work done.

2 Intel Xeon + CUBE = sleep like a babyWater Cooling to the Rescue

At the behest of several clients, our engineering team here at Pogo has tackled these issues head-on. Enter the T12 Quiet Compute CUBE. This workstation delivers dual Intel® Xeon performance in a headache-free, no-sweat package that you’ll be happy to share an office with.

The CUBE’s secret weapon is the special closed loop water cooling system. No longer the exclusive domain of hardcore PC enthusiasts willing to take on a science project, water cooling has come of age. The cooling system used in The CUBE is factory sealed and requires zero maintenance. Utilizing a specially formulated coolant, the system conducts heat away from the CPU much more efficiently than plain water. As a result, the system can run extremely processor intensive applications, with barely any perceptible increase in noise.

Pogo Linux Tempest T12 CUBEAs you might imagine, this system is very popular with universities and government laboratories. We have many happy users at the University of Washington that place a lot of value on the ability to run extremely complex scientific modeling simulations right there at their desk, while being able to concentrate on other work, or having on a quiet conversation!

  • Processing and I/O performance with no compromises 
    • Dual Intel Xeon E5-2600v3 Processors / up to 1TB of DDR4 Memory
    • Huge selection of video cards and expansion cards
    • Up to eight SSD (or HDD) in optional RAID
  • Nearly silent operation
    • 100% Reliable / 0% maintenance closed-loop water cooling system
    • Quiet case fans
    • Low-noise 1300w power supply
    • Ultra efficient case

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The Current State of Solid State

Pogo SSD Update

An update on the state of the SSD

Last summer, we brought you “A Brief History of Solid State Drives,” which outlined the evolution of the SSD through the ages.

Now that it’s a year later, we thought it fitting to revisit changes over the last year and give an updated look at the future of SSDs.

Long Term Studies

Until recently, there have been few long term studies focused on SSD behavior and characteristics. However, in this recently published study, Carnegie Mellon University and Facebook take the first large scale and long term look at answering many lingering questions about SSD performance and behavior in the data center.

Here are a few key insights from their report:

1. The failure profile of SSDs differ from HDDs. While HDDs are regarded to have a ‘bathtub graph’ of reliability where drive failures occur either immediately, or way down the road at the predicted end of their lifespan. However, the reliability graph for SSDs looks different, due to an early period of URE’s (Unrecoverable Read Errors) as faulty cells are detected and flagged. The self-monitoring serves to increase the overall reliability for the life of an SSD.

2. SSDs require a surprising amount of power to run. As power consumption increased, they found a correlation of increased failure rates.

3. Data stored sparsely across the physical drive can lead to higher failure rates.

4. Data writes cause significantly more wear on flash cells than reads. As a result, for write-intensive applications such as logging, HDDs may still be a better choice.

5. Higher operating temps were correlated with increased failures – more so than with HDDs. These failures can be mitigated by throttling, though early SSDs did not include this functionality.

SSD Flash Chips and BoardSome of this information, such as drive wear from writes vs reads, have been know to us for some time. However, other information about temperature based failures and power consumption are very interesting insights.

Pogo’s three main takeaways:

1. SSD performance is still the number one selling point. Density, environmental conditions, and power consumption are secondary.

2. The number of writes per day matters. Matching an SSD wear level to a specific use case is important.

3. HDDs are not going away. Even with 3D NAND, ultra high capacity HDDs are still going to be the choice for archival storage. This is made even more relevant by the fact that if SSDs are left powered off for even a few months, they can begin to lose their data integrity.

Market Changes

With respect to players in the market, not much has changed. The wave of consolidation is over and three or four dominant brands remain in the market. With a few years now to perfect the technology, reliability has increased and performance is more consistent. There are also SATA and SAS options for almost any capacity and wear level that is desired. This has given consumers a lot of choice and driven down costs significantly.

Speaking of cost, how much have prices come down? This graph shows the downward pricing trends of two SSDs we commonly use in our configurations.

SSD Pricing Trends

The Future

3D NAND 32 layer stackWhat does the future hold? The big news as we announced in our previous blog post, is the move to 3D NAND. This will provide a huge capacity increase over the existing technologies and should continue to reduce the overall price per GB. SSDs supporting 3D NAND should start shipping later Q4 to Q1 of next year. We are very excited about this development and can’t wait to see capacities in the 10’s of TB!

Last year around this time we also predicted the rise of the NVMe form factor to direct connect SSDs to the PCIe bus of a system. Turns out this form factor has taken much longer to catch on than we anticipated. We still believe that long term this will be the preferred method to attach SSDs to a system. It is very hard to continue to decrease latency in the I/O sub-system and this is the next logical step. However, there are still very few NVMe SSDs on the market, although most vendors say there will be many more options by the end of the year.

Conclusion

A lot has changed in the SSD market over the last year. Not only do we have a better idea about the long term behaviors of SSD drives, prices have dropped and capacities continue to rise. With the announcement of future drives supporting 3D NAND, HDDs will face even more competition. While we still see the need for large spinning disks for archival storage, SSDs are quickly becoming the default option for many applications. The coming year will continue to be an interesting time in the SSD market.


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Coming Soon to a Data Center Near You: 3D NAND

3D NAND Gum Stick

A 3.5 Terabyte Stick of Gum?!

Over the past few years, adherence to Moore’s Law has slowed throughout the tech industry. Nonetheless, Micron® and Intel® have teamed up to maintain the rapid pace of innovation in the solid state storage space. They have just introduced a revolutionary new high-density flash memory architecture called 3D NAND.

Traditional planar NAND architectures are reaching their practical limits for scale. As a result, it has become impractical and cost-prohibitive to increase the density or capacity of storage devices based on planar (2D) NAND technology. Engineers throughout the industry have been seeking a workable solution to this conundrum.

The Solution: 3D NAND Technology

3D NAND vs Planar NANDIntel and Micron tackled the scaling problems of traditional NAND head on by creating a whole new architecture. Where older NAND designs scaled outward on chips and dies of increasing size, 3D NAND scales upward. Like a Manhattan skyscraper, 3D NAND increases storage density and capacity by building upward instead of outward, smashing through existing barriers of scale. This draws us ever closer to parity with traditional spinning disk technologies in cost, capacity, and reliability. For example, a 2.5″ laptop-sized SSD can hold 10 TB, and the “gum stick” form factor can host 3.5 TB of storage. Obviously, 3D NAND will be extremely effective in mobile devices where solid-state storage is already the established standard. However, even more significantly, 3D NAND is poised to become a stalwart of the data center.

Here are Intel’s stated key features of 3D NAND:

Large Capacities –Three times the capacity of existing 3D technology—up to 48GB of NAND per die—enabling three-fourths of a terabyte to fit in a single fingertip-sized package.

Reduced Cost per GB – First-generation 3D NAND is architected to achieve better cost efficiencies than planar NAND.

Fast – High read/write bandwidth, I/O speeds and random read performance.

Green – New sleep modes enable low-power use by cutting power to inactive NAND die (even when other die in the same package are active), dropping power consumption significantly in standby mode.

Smart – Innovative new features improve latency and increase endurance over previous generations, and also make system integration easier.

Micron explains the benefits of 3D NAND

Why we’re excited

3D NAND 32 layer stackWe at Pogo are thrilled at the prospect of flash memory getting back on track with Moore’s Law. Gone are the days of solid-state storage being prohibitively expensive and unreliable, when compared to traditional spinning disks. We will soon be able to offer servers and storage solutions that are faster, cheaper, more efficient, and more reliable than anything we’ve seen in the past. The revolution begins in Q4. Stay tuned!

 

 


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