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How New QLC SATA SSDs Deliver 8x Faster Machine Learning

October 9, 2018

We record performance measurements on Micron 5210 SSD related to Machine Learning workflow. Even though Machine Learning is highly CPU intensive, fast storage can lower training time through faster file pre-processing and serialization, particularly when the size of a data set exceeds the amount of installed memory. A popular format for datasets is TFRecord, and in our performance measurements, we will be comparing the throughput speed and completion time of a TFRecord on a 7.68TB Micron 5210 ION SSD versus that of an 8TB Seagate 7200RPM HDD.  Colfax-Machine-Learning-and-QLC-SSDs.pdf (151 KB) Table of Contents 1. QLC SSDs 2. Micron QLC SSD 3. Test System Configuration 4. Test Workload: TFRecord 5. Test Results 6. Summary 1. QLC SSDs For years, 7200 RPM hard disk drives (HDDs) have been the standard media on which Machine Learning (ML) training data sets have been stored. These traditional HDDs have been preferred due to their low cost and easy to adopt SATA interfaces. However, HDD’s suffer from relatively slow throughput . Solid State Drives (SSDs) have been too [...]