This is a guest post from Mike Montemorra, who is a technology guru with long and successful career in computer industry. Mike keeps an eye on the latest developments in computer and storage technology and publishes his observations weekly. Below is his brief summary of what was important in the past week.
What did we learn last week?
Lot of you have seen this already, but Backblaze continues to track HDD field reliability. This blog shows (to me) that they (Backblaze) are buying on price and reporting associated reliability. This table is their historical summary and a good representation of field reliability in a moderate workload enterprise application. Based on reli, one would expect HGST to be the products of choice, yet there are many more STX drives in the mix. I’d welcome alternative interpretations:
Host managed SMR hits the mainstream! Nice job from WDC on deploying the industry’s first host managed HDD at the highest capacity yet. Ever since Google’s ‘Disks for Data Centers‘ paper, we knew these products were coming and we can expect all HDD makers to deliver similar products. I hope these all behave similarly or the industry will be in for further share erosion. I suspect that a variant of the host managed approach will soon be available for SSDs as well.
A good discussion on some of the big things going on in solid state storage by folks who know. Enjoy! For regular technology updates, go to Jim Handy’s website. He also allows you to subscribe to his podcasts.
A peek at Samsung’s TechDay 2018. These guys continue their scorched earth approach to industry dominance, but they are developing the best and most compelling tech out there, including a 7nm EUV based litho solution.
It looks like these next gen server systems are going to be the fastest ever which is good since they will be the backbone of the Internet for the next few years. These are full speed DDR4 stacked die boards using 16Gb DDR4 chips. Nice!
A little bit more on why Quantum Computing (QC) might ultimately be superior to conventional computing but the nagging problem of how to build a sufficiently powerful one remains. Here is the paper, but you must subscribe: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/362/6412/308 …and the EU’s attempts to develop a QC based net.
We all know 5G is the next big thing, enabling IoT and ubiquitous compute and storage, but for wireless to work, it needs decent antennae. Looks like Qualcomm has a solution that fits:
And, last but not least, an Android phone that uses blockchain technology to encrypt all user data! It’s open to developers who, we hope, will deliver on the vision of a completely secure web experience.