The IT industry is seeing an increase in customer requirements to move compute closer to traditional storage devices and systems. In response, a growing number of data-driven applications have demonstrated that adding computation to the normal storage features of devices and systems can realize a significant performance and infrastructure scaling advantage. Computational Storage solutions typically target applications where the demand to process ever-growing storage workloads is outpacing traditional compute server architectures. These applications include AI, big data, database, machine learning and many others that are used industry-wide.
NETINT’s approach towards Computational Storage architecture is somewhat unique in the storage industry. Video is the largest content category traversing the Internet today. Video files are large, driving significant storage volumes and associated storage expense. Video information also requires high bandwidth to distribute, resulting in large ongoing networking expenses for the video streaming industry. Hence, NETINT’s technology strategy is focussed on innovative Computational Storage Devices (CSDs) that address the video storage and distribution challenges in today’s IP networks and data centers.
NETINT’s computational storage architecture can be seen in our Codensity G4 SSD Controller System on Chip (SoC) functional block diagram:
The Codensity G4 uniquely combines on-chip H.264/H.265 Video Processors (lower left in diagram), with a multi-channel NAND Flash storage controller, which together deliver scalability for video-intensive storage and processing applications.
The Codensity G4 SoC provides the computational storage foundation for our Codensity product portfolio, including our T408 Video Transcoder, as well as our D408 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD, with more products to be announced soon.
NETINT are also members of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), and working with the SNIA Computational Storage Technical Working Group (TWG), which was formed to create standards to promote the interoperability of computational storage devices.
NETINT is fully supportive of SNIA’s efforts to promote interoperability around CSDs, and applying computational storage to arguably the biggest storage and distribution challenge in the industry – Video!