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Intel unveiled its new Durane Optane DC memory modules, which provide data centers with a whole new class of storage and storage technologies.
The Optane DC (DIMMs) permanent dual-in-line memory modules are based on Intel's 3D XPoint technology instead of DRAM. The coming memory modules are different from the already available Optane SSDs, which also use 3D XPoint.
Intel is positioning permanent Optane DC storage as a stage between DRAM and storage that helps accelerate in-memory databases in the data center. The idea is to lessen latency by moving more workload closer to the processor.
Lisa Spelman, vice president and general manager at Xeon, said the new memory modules will be delivered to customers later this year and will be widely available in 201
The modules will be available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB and 512 GB and have a DDR4 form factor to fit standard DDR4 slots. However, they are only compatible with Intel's future Intel Xeon Scalable chips.
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"Unlike traditional DRAM, Intel Optane DC's persistent memory offers the unprecedented combination of high capacity, affordability, and durability," Spelman explains in the announcement.
"By extending affordable system storage capacity (more than three terabytes per CPU socket), end users can leverage systems equipped with new class of storage to better optimize their workloads by moving and managing larger amounts of data closer to the processor and minimizes the latency of retrieving data from system memory. "
According to Intel, systems with constant Optane DC memory reduce reboots by minutes in seconds compared to a DRAM cold start by just seconds. The new storage type also allows for more server instances and faster analysis.
Prior to general availability, Intel provides developers with early remote access to systems with constant Optane DC storage through its Builder Construction Zone. The company encourages developers to redesign applications to take advantage of the new storage layer.
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