Innovative Use Cases of Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory

Apr 07, 2020

Innovative Use Cases of Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory

Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory is one of the most innovative advances in memory technology to hit the market in years. It offers large-capacity, persistent data storage with DRAM-like performance, making Optane memory ideal for a wide range of use cases. Here is an overview of the innovative memory technology and a few ways it can provide solution providers quicker insights from data-intensive applications.

Capabilities and Uses of Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory

Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory was first released in early 2017. It is non-volatile, meaning that it retains its data after it loses power. Optane memory isn’t as fast as RAM, but its storage capacity is greater and has a cost per unit of storage that’s about the same as RAM. The storage capacity of Optane memory is less than that of traditional storage media like a hard drive or SSD, but its speed is much higher. Optane’s delay in accessing data, technically known as its latency, can be as low as 10 microseconds.

Applications requiring multiple terabytes of persistent memory are the most common uses of Optane memory, but they aren’t the only ones. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) defined by software can also realize Optane’s benefits with only moderate memory requirements under the right conditions. This design is becoming highly popular in both public and private clouds. The cost of HCI primarily depends on the density of virtual machines (VMs) on each network node. Intel’s research shows that, along Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, Optane reduces the cost for each VM by 27 percent (see footnote #20) without the need for multi-terabyte memory.

Advanced analytics is another use of Optane memory that can provide performance gains over conventional memory. These applications include artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning for the analysis of images, language, and sentiment, which require large amounts of memory. The use of DRAM dramatically increases the cost of these platforms, while the use of Optane memory can reduce costs significantly. Intel’s testing of analytics models compared a platform with 1.5 terabytes of DRAM against one with 1.5 terabytes of Optane memory and 192 gigabytes of DRAM. The performance of these two systems was similar, but the memory cost of the Optane system was 43 percent less (see footnote #19).

Ready to Experience Game-Changing Memory to Power Your Solution?

Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory has demonstrated the ability to significantly reduce your memory costs, especially for applications that require increasingly large memory in the terabyte range. Its persistence, capacity, and cost provide Optane with the potential for transforming the operation of a data-rich environment. As an Intel Technology Provider, UNICOM Engineering has been driving seamless transitions with our partners for decades. We have even performed benchmarking studies for our clients to see the opportunity for themselves. Additionally, we have the engineering and technical expertise needed to bring your solutions to market quickly and efficiently while meeting your cost and performance goals. With our global presence, our customers can obtain high-level support from a single company.

Learn more about how UNICOM Engineering can help you transition to next-generation technologies like Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory. Contact us for more information by visiting our website or calling us at +1 (972) 633-3400.

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