Fast Storage and Live Music

By Steve Moyer - 2015-10-14

In my previous post, Micron’s Commitment to Software, I talked about how Micron is establishing a new research center to focus on storage software and solutions.  Well, moving day has finally arrived, and it feels great to be in our new facility in Austin, Texas.  In future posts I’ll discuss in more detail some of the plans we’re putting in place and the exciting initiatives we have underway at the center. Until then, I want to focus on our hometown of Austin. It’s not just a great place to develop storage solutions, it’s also an amazing place to catch live music.

As I type, the annual Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is kicking off and will attract an estimated 75,000 people per day.  Dozens of bands will put on 246 performances on eight different stages over a period of two three-day weekends.

Unfortunately, by the time this blog gets posted, ACL 2015 will be history, so hopefully all of that great music gets recorded and is available for streaming.  Presuming each of the 246 performances averages one hour, and is recorded in MP3 format at 320 Kbps, that’s a total of 35GB of data.

If I were building a content distribution server to stream these ACL performances, I would choose Micron’s M510DC SATA SSDs for the storage because they are cost-effective, optimized for read-heavy workloads, and can stream data at up to 420 MB/s while providing TCG Enterprise-level encryption.  Think about it—that’s every ACL 2015 performance delivered in as little as 82 seconds from a single drive!

Of course if that’s not fast enough for you, then Micron’s P420m PCIe SSDs can stream all of those performances at up to 3 GB/s in as little as 11 seconds from a single drive.  And when storage products based on our new 3D XPoint technology become available, well, let’s just say that the storage won’t come between you and your music.

But please don’t try to listen to all these great ACL performances at those speeds—that would just be weird.  But seriously, it is interesting to think about how flash and emerging nonvolatile memory technologies like 3D XPoint are going to impact content distribution and sharing platforms in the future.  

So long for now from our new home in Austin, where we like our storage fast and our music live. Happy listening!

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Steve Moyer

Steve Moyer

Steve Moyer is Vice President of Storage Software Engineering for Micron Technology. He is responsible for leading Micron’s strategy to design, develop, and deploy storage software solutions addressing the needs of virtualization, big data, database management, and cloud-based IT.

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