Micron Technology announced the Micron 9400 NVMe SSD is available from channel partners and to global OEM customers for use in servers for improving storage performance.
The Micron 9400 is designed to manage the most demanding data center workloads, particularly in artificial intelligence (AI) training, machine learning (ML) and high-performance computing (HPC) applications.
Micron 9400 is the world’s fastest PCIe Gen4 data center U.3 drive shipping and delivers consistently low latency at all capacity points.
“Thanks to its industry-leading 30TB capacity and stunning performance with over 1 million IOPS in mixed workloads, the Micron 9400 SSD packs larger datasets into each server and accelerates machine learning training, which equips users to squeeze more out of their GPUs,” said Alvaro Toledo, vice president and general manager of data center storage at Micron.
The Micron 9400 SSD’s capacity of 30TB doubles the maximum capacity of Micron’s prior-generation NVMe SSDs.
A two-rack-unit 24-drive server loaded with 30.72TB Micron 9400 SSDs provides total storage of 737TB per server. By doubling capacity per SSD, Micron is enabling enterprises to store the same amount of data in half as many servers.
This maximizes IT resources and budgets by reclaiming valuable rack space and reducing maintenance costs and time required to manage hardware — freeing up IT teams to innovate. The extreme capacity is designed to handle modern, data-intensive workloads while providing the room to scale as needed.
Micron 9400 SSD sets a new performance standard for PCIe Gen4 storage by delivering 1.6M IOPS for 100 percent 4K random reads.
Micron 9400’s capacity and performance enable larger datasets and accelerate epoch time, the total number of iterations of data in one cycle for training machine learning models – leading to more efficient utilization of graphics processing units (GPUs).
Micron 9400 also outperforms the competition, providing:
71 percent higher IOPS for 90 percent read and 10 percent write workloads, surpassing 1 million IOPS4
69 percent higher IOPS for 70 percent read and 30 percent write workloads, surpassing 940,000 IOPS4
In testing scenarios, Micron 9400 SSD excelled in mixed workload performance compared against competitors’ high-performance NVMe SSDs. The results show:
For RocksDB, the 9400 delivered up to 23 percent higher performance and up to 34 percent higher workload responsiveness
For Aerospike Database, the Micron 9400 demonstrated up to 2.1 times higher peak performance and superior responsiveness.
For NVIDIA Magnum IO GPUDirect Storage which enables a direct memory access data transfer path between GPU memory and storage, the Micron 9400 beat the competition by delivering 25 percent better performance in a busy system with compute-bound tasks.
For multi-tenant cloud architectures, the Micron 9400 delivers more than double the overall performance of a competitor’s performance-focused SSD and up to 62 percent better response time
Micron 9400’s 77 percent better IOPS per watt reduces power consumption and therefore operational expenses, carbon footprint and environmental impact.
Micron 9400 SSD is available in a U.3 form factor that is backwards-compatible with U.2 sockets and comes in capacities ranging from 6.4TB to 30.72TB. These options provide data center operators the flexibility to deploy the most energy efficient storage while matching their workloads with the right blend of performance, capacity and endurance.