Computer servers today power multiple applications, such as hosting web sites, storing data online, and running enterprise applications. Servers also enable critical and convenient applications to run, from online banking and shopping to e-commerce. The dependability on servers and the necessity to have them running 24x7 is increasing at a rapid pace with growing Internet penetration. The most reliable servers are designed using a dependable architecture and configured with the highest quality components.

Samsung is the worldwide leader in providing the latest and most advanced technologies that power today's computing devices. For servers across all segments, Samsung has all the subcomponents needed to build dependable, reliable, and scalable systems.

The following block diagram illustrates the architecture of a typical server employing a dual-core CPU.
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Block Diagram

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The block diagram highlights the main components of the server:

  • The 2 processor (CPU) cores along with the bus that connects the cores, such as QPI (QuickPath Interconnect)
  • Memory used by the processor cores
  • External interfaces, such as PCIe 3.0 buses, provided for each processor core
  • Storage used by each processor core

Computing DRAM

Samsung is the world's largest memory supplier and the preferred provider for a majority of OEMs across the globe. By embracing a broad range of DRAM solutions that are optimized for most computing and server systems, Samsung is able to address the ever-increasing complexities of computing requirements. Samsung's DDR2 and DDR3 are the main memory types used by the majority of servers today.

Samsung computing DRAM is best suited for deployment on servers, and demonstrates some of the following important advantages:

  • Low power consumption levels: Samsung DRAM memory, such as DDR2 and DDR3, operates at very low voltages, significantly reducing power consumption - an important advantage for applications, such as server farms.
  • Higher speeds and bandwidths: Samsung's latest DDR memory provides data rates as high as 1,866 Mbps, enabling servers to process and respond to incoming data requests on the fly.
  • Small form-factors and physical sizes: The latest fabrication technologies (such as the 20-nm fabrication process) used for DDR3 memory chips reduce both the count for total number of chips going into the server and the board space occupied by chips within the server.

Flash SSD

Samsung is also a major provider of newer technologies, such as flash memory-based Solid State Drives (SSDs), which are one of the biggest innovations in the field of mass data storage solutions. SSDs offer high-capacity data storage and differ from traditional magnetic storage media, such as hard disk drives (HDDs), because they use flash memory-based semiconductors to store data and have no moving parts. Recent advances have enabled the development of SSDs that can be used as direct replacements for HDDs.

SSDs startup instantly with no significant delays for users, unlike HDDs that need "spin-up" time to turn on the motor and align the read/write heads. They also consume very low power, both in their active and idle modes.

A majority of server manufacturers are increasingly adopting Samsung SSDs due to the following advantages:

  • Greater reliability of the stored data due to the absence of any moving parts
  • Equal (and gradually increasing) storage capacities offered (as compared to conventional HDDs)
  • Low power consumption levels, both in active and standby modes, making SSDs ideal for server farms
  • Fast read and write operations compared to HDDs, resulting in quick responses to data requests for server-type applications
  • Availability of multiple interfaces to connect to various types of host devices
  • Greater durability due to very high shock and vibration tolerances, resulting in increased reliability for the stored data

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