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Super-Converged for the Edge that’s…

Shared Everything All Flash

Shared Everything All Flash
  • 24 terabytes of flash, 24 microservers, 192 CPU cores, all converged in a 2U enclosure.
  • Toshiba’s “shared everything” architecture enables all data to be accessible to all compute.
  • Storage is fully virtualized and integrated into a converged mesh network switch.

Orchestrated Containers

Orchestrated Containers
  • Daisho Core enables stateless Docker® container apps for the edge.
  • Daisho Core seamlessly provisions, de-provisions and resurrects your apps based on system demand.
  • Flashmatrix® and Daisho Core are co-optimized for edge computing use cases and workloads.

Highly Scalable

Highly Scalable
  • Seamlessly scale edge mesh networks with 14 enclosures in a single rack.
  • Massive capability at the edge with 2,688 cores and 336TB per rack.
  • Large data throughput for scalable applications and microservices.

Edge computing represents the next significant wave in computing. The IoT is ushering in a new era where devices will produce more data than people. To manage and make sense of all of this data requires intelligent compute at the edge capable of supporting emerging cognitive workloads.

Toshiba Flashmatrix® is defined for the emerging needs at the edge.

Flashmatrix converges compute, storage and networking elements into a single physical enclosure and reduces the need for external switching. Flashmatrix is optimized for the emerging and demanding needs of edge computing and has unique features beyond today’s hyper converged infrastructure. It is a super-converged platform, a new class of compute for the edge.

Flashmatrix: Super-Converged for the Edge

Flashmatrix® 1000 Series

Flashmatrix 1000 Series

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Flashmatrix 1000 Highlights

Flashmatrix 1000 Series is a super-converged edge analytics platform that enables enterprises to rapidly harness and monetize their growing datasets through a tightly coupled compute, storage and networking platform that only occupies a 2U enclosure space.

Flashmatrix fully virtualizes storage in a shared everything architecture and integrates a converged mesh network switch in a 2U enclosure. Flashmatrix and Daisho Core are optimized for edge computing use cases.

Flashmatrix provides 192 64-bit 2.4 GHz Intel Atom® CPU cores, 24 terabytes1 of Toshiba NAND Flash2 and 24 Gbps of aggregate Ethernet bandwidth to support fast data ingest in a single enclosure.

Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® is installed on all 24 8-Core CPUs (and also on the two management CPUs) allowing you to run your key applications out of the box.

Flashmatrix includes Daisho Core a web-based management interface to manage all compute, storage and networking resources and supports the super orchestration of Docker® container-based microservices.

Through Toshiba’s trusted ISVs, vertically focused applications are available to empower you to fulfill your edge computing initiatives in less time.

Toshiba’s Shared Everything Architecture

Flashmatrix uses a unique 2D Torus network of NAND flash which eliminates the variation of data access latency through a "Shared Everything" architecture. All data is stored in a physical local storage that is shared by every CPU, with fixed throughput paths and constant latency that is independent of data locality. In this architecture, data transfers are not necessary in advance of compute which in turn makes every virtual machine "stateless" which is critical for real time and near real time applications on the edge. For a comparison of this architecture versus traditional CPU-centric architectures refer to the figure below.

Conventional Architecture
Flashmatrix Architecture

Traditional architectures vs. Toshiba’s “Shared Everything” architecture

Features

Hardware

  • 24 CPUs (Intel® Atom™ processor C2758 – 2.4GHz, 8 cores)
  • 24TB Toshiba NAND Flash (e-MMC)2
  • 16GB DDR3 dedicated to each processor (384 GB total DDR per 2U enclosure)
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet port per processor (24 Gbps raw aggregate bandwidth)
  • 2 management CPUs (Intel® Atom™ processor C2358 – 1.7GHz, 2 cores)

Software

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux v7.3 (26 instances loaded per Flashmatrix enclosure)
  • Daisho Core web-based Management Interface for Container Orchestration
  • Red Hat Satellite® for infrastructure life-cycle management
  • Red Hat Ansible Tower® for automation of Flashmatrix deployments

Flashmatrix Top View

Flashmatrix Top View

Industries

The Flashmatrix 1000 was developed to help solve a number of complex problems at the edge of the network in a number of industry segments. The combination of its “shared everything” architecture, dense compute in a small footprint and an enterprise grade OS with support for dense container orchestration provides you with a robust platform to rapidly advance your edge computing initiatives.

Manufacturing

Industrial IoT is an area of continued investment in the manufacturing sector. The move toward digitization of factory assets unlocks new opportunities for manufacturers to improve productivity, reduce costs and identify new revenue opportunities. Flashmatrix is well suited to receive thousands of real-time and near real-time sensor inputs via industrial gateways. Flashmatrix can be used in both brownfield refreshes of existing factory infrastructure to new greenfield deployments that are built around the digitization of the factory floor. Toshiba along with its network of ISVs, VARs and SIs can support you in fulfilling your industrial IoT digitization initiatives.

Transportation

The modern world relies heavily on the transportation industry to move people and goods from point-to-point. A number of concerns face this industry from ensuring safety and security in public transportation to reducing queueing and wait times between steps in the value chain. Flashmatrix with its unique shared everything architecture and its ability to support large data throughput enables a number of use cases in the transportation sector including: video forensics for airport security, centralization of logistics and route planning for distribution networks and automation of fleet management.

Energy

Both the traditional oil and gas as well as the renewable energy industries are producers of tremendous datasets. Terabytes of information is produced daily in both the traditional and renewable fields. Emerging cognitive computing techniques like machine learning and deep learning can be applied to the volumes of heterogeneous sensor data these assets generate on a daily basis. Flashmatrix’s shared everything architecture and its ability to support a very high throughput of data can empower the energy sector to gain insights enabling it to more efficiently power the world.

Telecom & Smart City

The cloud computing movement has enabled IT to deliver compute resources to its customers in a service model. This has revolutionized the way enterprises and developers consume computing resources. The telecom industry has a unique opportunity to address cloud computing economics in a massively distributed fashion. Flashmatrix is well suited to enable telecom providers to rapidly deploy compute and storage in a tightly coupled switchless topology that is distributed and can support localized delivery of high bandwidth content like video.

Retail

The retail sector is intensely cost sensitive and as such requires IT systems and frameworks that can offer exceedingly fast ROIs. Flashmatrix enables retailers to aggregate existing data sources from video surveillance, point-of-sale (POS), HVAC and digital signage systems to gain insights faster. Flashmatrix is an excellent platform for retailers enabling them to improve efficiency, identify new business models and identify opportunities to delight customers.

Healthcare

Flashmatrix is well suited for both research and clinical use cases. Flashmatrix, given its shared everything architecture and ability to support large data throughputs make it an effective platform for medical researchers especially in areas where there is a need to work with very large datasets. Examples include genomics, bioinformatics and new drug discovery. On the clinical side Flashmatrix is an excellent platform for implementing distributed computing at the edge of a hospital and can support a number of workloads from VDI to smart hospital management, e.g. patient bed monitoring, HVAC and lighting control.

Financial Services

Being able to make split-second decisions in a live real-time trading environment can mean millions of dollars in profit or loss to an institution. Also, being able to rapidly synthesize large databases of transactions to identify signatures of fraud can have enormous implications to financial and insurance institutions. Flashmatrix with its shared everything architecture offers a high performance platform for big data analytics that can help enable members of the financial services community to improve operational efficiency while thwarting new modes of fraud.

Manufacturing Manufacturing
Transportation Transportation
Energy Energy
Telecom & Smart City Telecom & Smart Cities
Retail Retail
Healthcare Healthcare
Financial Services Financial Services

1 Definition of capacity: Toshiba defines a megabyte (MB) as 1,000,000 bytes, a gigabyte (GB) as 1,000,000,000 bytes and a terabyte (TB) as 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. A computer operating system, however, reports storage capacity using powers of 2 for the definition of 1GB = 230 = 1,073,741,824 bytes and therefore shows less storage capacity. Available storage capacity will vary based on file size, formatting, settings, software and operating system; actual formatted capacity may vary.

2 Product density is identified based on the maximum density of memory chip(s) within the Product, not the amount of memory capacity available for data storage by the end user. Consumer-usable capacity will be less due to overhead data areas, formatting, bad blocks, and other constraints, and may also vary based on the host device and application.

Flashmatrix® is a trademark of Toshiba Memory Corporation, Inc.

Linux® is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

Red Hat® and the “Shadowman” logo are registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc.

Docker® and the Docker “Moby Dock” logo are registered trademarks of Docker Inc.

Intel Atom® is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.

Daisho Core is developed by Daisho Group and optimized for the Toshiba Flashmatrix platform.

Information about this product including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate at time of publication, but is subject to change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications.

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