Computational storage proponents include academia and the Storage Networking Industry Association. While there's behind-the-scenes work still to do, the tech could bring benefits.
"Computational storage has a simple rationale: move computational tasks closer to where data resides,
writes Tong Zhang in SearchStorage.
"By doing so, we improve system performance and efficiency. Because storage data is processed at all levels of the data center -- inside a server, across a network and, of course, in storage environments -- these efficiencies are highly sought after.
Part of the reason is that storage is not one monolithic entity. As a matter of fact, storage exists at many layers and has many different components. Some of these components have to do with the data itself -- storage, protection and transmission. Other components have to do with controlling systems of storage, setting up management planes, and even orchestrating how, where and when data is transmitted inside and outside different systems..."
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