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Author: Ron Herrmann, Director of Systems Engineering

E8 Storage offices are located at the heart of autonomous vehicle R&D.  E8 Storage’s Santa Clara, CA headquarters is right in the heart of Silicon Valley, which is #1 for Autonomous Vehicle research and development.  The streets of Ann Arbor, where E8 Storage has a sales and support office, are also filled with self driving cars and vans these days. This makes a lot of sense as the Ann Arbor SPARK just listed Ann Arbor as the #2 city for Autonomous Vehicle research and development in the United States.   

We see a lot of customers in this vertical and they all have the need for very fast storage to accelerate the applications and data that ‘drive’ autonomous vehicle development.  There’s a core set of requirements for autonomous vehicle data storage that have emerged as part of our discussions with customers and general industry research:

  1. Storage must have a high capacity in a small form factor.
  2. Storage must be able to accept input data from cameras and sensors at “line rate”, in other words have extremely high throughput and low latency.
  3. Storage must be robust and survive media or hardware failures.
  4. Storage must be “green” and have a minimal power footprint.
  5. Storage must be easily removable and reusable.
  6. Storage must use simple but robust networking.

 

E8 Storage meets and / or exceeds these requirements, making it perfect for autonomous vehicles.  Let’s take an in depth look at how E8 Storage delivers.

  1. Capacity and footprint – E8 Storage can provide up to 273TB in only 2U of space for our standard E8-D24 appliance, or up to 550TB in 1U in the Samsung Mission Peak platform.  This is much smaller and lighter than most EV battery packs.
  2. E8 Storage is incredibly fast –  E8 Storage has proven performance, from our varioius industry benchmark results (SPEC SFS2014 and STAC-M3), to customer specific performance testing as we did earlier this year.  For that customer, we proved that E8 Storage can record 2.4TB per minute (40GB/s) of data inputs from cameras, sensors, and other IoT devices.  This means that E8 Storage can record almost 2 hours of feed from the highest resolution camera or sensor.
  3. Robust and reliable – E8 Storage was the first high availability NVMe storage on the market.  Our 273TB system can survive up to two SSD failures and has dual HA controllers and networking.  This ensures that valuable capture data is safely stored, especially for unique data captures.
  4. Reduced power footprint – NVMe SSDs deliver far more performance per drive than other media, reducing the quantity of drives required for high performance.  Being designed for NVMe, E8 Storage is a green solution that uses far less energy than any other storage while delivering better performance.
  5. Easily movable and reusable – E8 Storage units are relatively light and dense.  It can easily be removed as a whole from the vehicle if needed, or simply remove the NVMe SSDs from the controller chassis and take into a lab for read-back or other analysis.
  6. Simple, robust networking – E8 Storage uses high speed Ethernet (or IB) and easily plugs into existing high speed networks for connectivity to compute resource.  It doesn’t require expensive Fibre-Channel switches. Simple cables can be used to connect the E8 Storage unit to the cameras or sensors.

 

Not only is E8 Storage a great fit inside the vehicle, it is also an excellent storage solution in the data center when performing machine/deep learning analytics on captured data.  In recent testing with a NVIDIA DGX1 GPU system, E8 Storage was able to achieve 6625 images per second with 8 GPUs running the ResNet50 benchmark. This is the fastest public storage Resnet50 benchmark published by any storage vendor!

If you are working on Autonomous or EV vehicle project, our people in Ann Arbor or Santa Clara would be glad to talk more about how E8 Storage can help your development efforts.    Please contact us at info@e8storage.com.   And, yes, we also have an office in China!