There's a bunch of cool stuff happening at this year's Supercomputing conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. For starters, we'll get to see the updated list of the world's fastest supercomputers (and we'll get to see where Titan ranks on that list). Intel will also be making a few very big announcements at the show, among them will be the official unveil of Intel's SSD DC S3700. We've already looked at the architecture of the drive and reviewed it here, but Intel invited us to participate in a live webcast from the SC12 showfloor.

The topic of the webcast will be Intel's SSD DC S3700. You'll have the opportunity to have your questions about the drive and/or the SSD space in general answered by myself and Roger Peene of Intel's Data Center SSD Solutions, live from the show. Given the venue (SC12 is a supercomputing show after all), try and stick to a mostly enterprise focus (client or server) but I'll be game for answering architectural questions or bigger picture items as well.

If you want to have your question answered on the webcast, respond to this post with your question in the comments area. I can't guarantee that we'll get to all of them but we'll try. The webcast will be live at 9AM Pacific/12PM Eastern on November 13. You can view it live here.



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  • extide - Friday, November 9, 2012 - link

    Will anything like TRIM ever be implemented for Virtual File Systems? Foe example, if I have a VM with storage on top of a SAN that is thin provisioned, if that VM writes a bunch of data, the SAN will allocate storage, but if the VM then deletes that data, there is no way for it to signal up the chain, to the vmdk, and even to the storage underneath the vmdk that those blocks are no longer needed. Something like TRIM seems like it would be the logical solution here, but I have never heard anyone talking about it. Reply
  • Andre Oliveira - Friday, November 9, 2012 - link

    It would be nice if you could wear Spok's pointed ears. Reply
  • DDR4 - Friday, November 9, 2012 - link

    One question: How is the logical interface between the SATA and the internal storage improved since part of the memory access time is taken up by that process, not by the access time to the actual cells. Reply
  • Dug - Friday, November 9, 2012 - link

    Can we expect to see a caching method for storage servers like we see on desktops, hopefully beyond the 60GB space?
    Perhaps something that could be implemented in current storage solutions without buying all new hardware.

    If this is not possible it would still be nice to create a server that only did caching for other storage servers.
  • Spoony - Friday, November 9, 2012 - link


    I am curious if this will be available for later viewing? I live in Australia, and 03:30 during the work week is a bit steep for me to watch live. If possible, enabling a way to watch later would be great. Thank you.
  • Betina - Saturday, November 10, 2012 - link


    I'm by far no geek, and just try to get the knowledge I need for my current projects.
    I host a small website with 6 million pageviews/month. I'm running it on an older 120GB SSD drive. But now I'm concerned, that it will fail due to too much read/write operations.
    Would the new SSD DC S3700 be a good solution for me, or will I have to get myself a SLC based SSD drive - maybe even in the form of PCIe? My biggest problem is the price of these drives.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated very much.

    Best regards
  • thebluephoenix - Sunday, November 11, 2012 - link

    Hi, geek here, not expert.

    Alternative and faster solution:

    2x An SSD in RAID1 (mirroring, 2x faster read performance, >1GB/s sequential).

    I recommend 840 Pro, or even an enterprise drive, like S3700 for more reliability. Samsung 830 series are cheaper and reliable, though slower than 840 Pro.
  • tkll - Saturday, November 10, 2012 - link

    I really should pay more attention to what is going on in town. The office that I work at is only a couple of blocks away from the salt palace. Exhibition tickets are $100 though.... Reply
  • stepz - Sunday, November 11, 2012 - link

    What is the largest block that is guaranteed to be written atomically, i.e. when power is cut, either the whole block is overwritten or nothing is changed, but in no cases, one part of the block contains new data and one part old data. Reply
  • casper.bang - Monday, November 12, 2012 - link

    It seems this technology makes TRIM somewhat less relevant both in regard to performance and endurance.

    Was this technology/design born out of a desire to function without TRIM (in RAID, irrelevant of controller) and can we expect it to migrate to a consumer segment where TRIM becomes nice-to-have, but not a showstopper, when it comes to endurance?

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