Persistent memory is a new addition to the memory/storage hierarchy that bridges the gap between DRAM and storage, allowing greater flexibility in data management by providing nonvolatile, low-latency memory closer to the processor. Because it resides on the DRAM bus, persistent memory can provide ultra-fast DRAM-like access to critical data. Combining the data reliability of traditional storage with ultra-low latency and high bandwidth enables designers to optimize their systems and manage data in a whole new way.
Persistent memory is ideal for environments that require frequent access to large, complex data sets and environments that are sensitive to downtime caused by power failures or system crashes. Applications include big data analytics, storage appliances, RAID cache, in-memory databases, metadata servers that store indexes and on-line transaction processing.
Micron’s 8GB DDR4 NVDIMM represents the first product in our persistent memory family. Our DDR4 NVDIMMs combine DRAM, NAND flash and a power source in a memory subsystem to deliver high performance plus the reliability of backing up data if power is interrupted. We will continue leading the way on persistent memory development, spearheading R&D efforts on promising new technologies like 3D XPoint™ memory and other storage-class solutions that will provide unprecedented system performance, capacity and reliability.