Computer storage startup Pliops launches flagship product

By | August 13, 2021

A startup referred to as Pliops has emerged from stealth mode with a brand new strategy to do knowledge processing. Quite than load knowledge into predominant reminiscence as is historically carried out, the Pliops know-how offloads knowledge and the appliance to a PCI Categorical card, and knowledge is processed the place it’s saved, thus releasing up the CPU for different duties.

It is referred to as computational storage. The idea has been round for some time, however like so many technological concepts, it was forward of its time. The know-how wanted to catch as much as the idea. It might by no means be carried out with mechanical onerous drives, and SSDs, too, wanted to make features. Lately, Samsung and Xilinx partnered to ship a compute-on-storage SSD gadget that makes use of a Xilinx FPGA to dump the processing work.

Pliops has been round since 2017. It lastly launched its flagship product, the Pliops XDP, which stands for eXtreme Information Processor.

“Simply as GPUs overcome processing inefficiencies to speed up AI and analytics efficiency, the breakthrough Pliops Excessive Information Processor (XDP) overcomes storage inefficiencies to massively speed up efficiency and dramatically decrease infrastructure prices for at the moment’s functions,” reads the Pliops web site.



Whereas the Samsung/Xilinx product is a SSD with some compute and DRAM on it for processing in place, the Pliops card is basically a contemporary RAID controller for all-flash storage. The XDP is a specifically designed, low-profile accelerator that sits between NVMe SSDs and data-requesting functions.

The cardboard truly takes the functions working on the system and strikes them on to storage, the place processing is finished. This reduces or eliminates the load on the CPU. Pliops claims as much as 80% discount in stress on the CPU, releasing up efficiency for different duties.

The corporate’s web site states: “XDP’s ultra-fast hardware-based storage engine leverages breakthrough knowledge buildings and algorithms to ship the efficiency equal of lots of of Intel Xeon Gold cores of frequent knowledge processing and storage administration features. This eliminates bottlenecks, reduces latency, and tremendously will increase workload scaling of your present infrastructure footprint.”

Pliops claims says the XDP card can present general 10x efficiency features for databases, analytics, and AI/ML work. As a result of it requires fewer servers to do extra software work, Pliops estimates the XDP can present an as much as 5x price financial savings on knowledge middle infrastructure, that means much less {hardware} is required to do the identical process as with out the XDP.

Massive claims, proper? We have heard them earlier than. However contemplate this: Intel and Nvidia had been behind a $65 million spherical of funding for the corporate final February. If these two help Pliops, there have to be one thing to it.