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WebChat: Introduction to CXL® Memory Expansion

Unlock limitless power of your high-performance servers with CXL® memory expansion and pooling solutions ranging from 64K to 2T. Memory and data center experts will explain CXL® memory expansion and all the performance and cost benefits that have been unleashed by this technology.

July 24, 2024
2:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM CT / 11:00 AM PT / 7:00 PM GMT 
 
Duration: 30 Minutes
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Summary

CXL memory expansion is needed to address the ever growing memory requirements such as video processing, artificial intelligence, and large in-memory databases.

Compute Express Link (CXL®) builds on PCI Express. It is an open standard design for high-speed, high capacity communication between processors as well as memory opening up massive amounts of shared storage. There are significant performance and cost benefits from using CXL memory solutions.

This WebChat delves into CXL technology and more specifically, CXL® memory expansion. Right now, individual CXL® memory expansion and pooling solutions range from 64K to 2T. The CXL memory experts present the advantages and features of CXL memory solutions.

 

Speakers

Torry Steed 
Sr. Product Marketing Manager 
SMART Modular Technologies 


Torry Steed, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at SMART Modular, presents an overview of CXL PCIe Add-in Cards (AICs) and memory modules that can be used to expand capacity in servers or in external memory pooling systems. 
 
Torry is a seasoned technology professional with extensive expertise in memory solutions and storage technology. Prior to becoming a Senior Product Marketing Manager at SMART Modular Technologies Torry held various systems and applications engineering roles, establishing a broad expertise in high-performance computing environments. Today, Torry plays a pivotal role in driving innovation and advancing the company’s memory product portfolio, including its industry-leading PCIe add-in cards and EDSFF 2T modules utilizing CXL. 
 
He frequently presents to technical audiences, sharing his wealth of knowledge with system designers as they embrace new standards such as CXL. His contributions include enhancing data security, optimizing communication speeds, and expanding memory capacity for critical applications including CPU-based high-performance servers and GPU-based generative AI platforms. 
 
Torry’s leadership and commitment to excellence have positioned SMART Modular as a global leader in memory solutions. His forward-thinking approach continues to shape the industry, making him an invaluable asset to the organization. 

 

Andy Mills 
Vice President, Advanced Product Development 
SMART Modular Technologies
 

Andy Mills is a product solutions architect at SMART Modular Technologies and has worked on many aspects of computer memory, storage and networking over his career.  He currently leads the Advanced Product Development team at SMART where he is responsible for CXL hardware, OCP data center SSDs, software-defined memory, memory pooling, and block storage tiering development.

 

Judy Warner 
Guest Moderator
 


Judy Warner is an entrepreneur, marketing professional, and high-tech influencer. Warner is the founder and host of The EEcosystem Podcast and engineering platform which she launched in 2022. Her career spans over 30 years and she has excelled in a wide variety of roles such as technical sales, marketing, journalism, podcasting, and presentations. Notably, as Director of Community and Ecosystem Engagement at Altium, she spearheaded the creation of the OnTrack Podcast and Newsletter, led the launch of AltiumLive, and managed Altium's academic program.

Warner has also contributed to industry publications such as Microwave Journal, PCB007, PCD&F, and IEEE Microwave Magazine. In addition, she served as the Marketing Co-Chair for the International Microwave Symposium steering committee in 2023 and was on the same marketing committee in 2015. She briefly served on the Corporate Advisory Board for ECEDHA (ECE Department Head Association) in 2019. 

 

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