Forget CPUs. Say goodbye to ARM systems on a chip (SOC). Samsung it just released its second-generation smart SSD, and this sounds like a game changer.
The SmartSSD processes the data right there on the hard drive. Programs saved on your PC do not need to lose transfer speed to your CPU to start. Games can render graphics directly from the unit, freeing up GPU cores. It’s like a party in your SSD and everyone is invited.
“The SmartSSD is playing an increasingly important role,” Samsung said in an official press release. “Especially with the growth of next-generation technologies like AI, machine learning, and 5G/6G, which require massive amounts of data processing.”
But this is not a regular consumer-oriented product. Samsung developed SmartSSDs for high-performance use in industry and research. SmartSSD is a proprietary technology developed by Samsung and AMD in 2020. The hard drive is designed to relieve the CPU and GPU during heavy scanning processes, such as when using AI or developing high-end graphics.
Normally the CPU would need to scan the hard drive for the information it needed and then extract that information from the drive before processing it or sending it to the GPU. But the SmartSSD allows the hard drive to handle most of that processing.
“Unlike existing SSDs, Samsung’s SmartSSD can process data directly, thereby minimizing data transfers between the CPU, GPU and RAM.” Samsung said. “This technology can bypass the bottlenecks that often occur when moving data between storage devices and CPUs, resulting in dramatically improved system performance and much higher power efficiency.”
According to the technology watch site TechPowerUpSamsung’s second generation SmartSSD reduces processing time by 50% and reduces power consumption by up to 70%. It also frees up to 97% of CPU utilization.
Samsung once again partnered with AMD to create the second generation of SmartSSDs. The drive uses a highly optimized AMD-based SOC for Samsung’s SSD architecture. Samsung hopes to work with other manufacturers to standardize SmartSSD technology through the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA) so that future Smart SSDs will work in a variety of devices.