Samsung’s new open-source software tools make it easier to deploy CXL memory


Samsung on Thursday introduced the Scalable Memory Development Kit (SMDK), the first open-source software solution designed to support the Compute Express Link (CXL) memory platform.

Earlier this year, the company introduced the industry’s first CXL memory expander that allows memory capacity and bandwidth to scale to levels far exceeding what is possible in current server systems. . With this launch, Samsung has extended the CXL platform beyond hardware to offer easy-to-integrate software tools, making CXL memory more accessible to data center system developers.

The new software kit enables main memory and the CXL memory expander to work together seamlessly in heterogeneous memory systems. It includes libraries – pre-built, reusable sets of code – and application programming interfaces (APIs) – the connections to access those software codes, the company said in a press release.

Using the new Samsung SMDK, system developers can easily integrate CXL memory into advanced computing systems without having to modify existing application environments, or use it to optimize application software settings based on specific system needs.

Samsung’s new SMDK also supports memory virtualization, allowing system designers to efficiently manage an extended memory pool in shared memory architectures. The software kit leverages a proprietary intelligent tiering engine to identify and configure the most appropriate memory type, capacity, and bandwidth for each use case.

The open-source software solution is now available on a limited basis for initial testing and optimization and will be open-source in the first half of next year.

For data centers and enterprise systems to smoothly run next-generation memory solutions such as CXL, corresponding software development is a necessity. Today, Samsung is reinforcing its commitment to providing a total memory solution that encompasses hardware and software, so that OEMs can integrate new technologies into their systems much more efficiently.

Cheolmin Park, vice president of the memory product planning team at Samsung Electronics.

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