Samsung and Red Hat Partner on Open Source Memory Software

Samsung Electronics and Red Hat, Inc., has announced a collaboration on the development and validation of open source software for memory and storage products.

The new partnership marks the first time that Samsung will join forces with an open source software vendor to foster products development and delivery across the IT marketplace. As an extension to this collaboration, Samsung announced that it will launch the Samsung Memory Research Cloud (SMRC), where both partners will develop and verify software solutions on diverse server environments.

The planned SMRC will also serve as an open collaboration hub that will enable customers and partners to evaluate new software products in configuring optimal combinations with memory hardware.

“Samsung and Red Hat will make a concerted effort to define and standardize memory software solutions that embrace evolving server and memory hardware, while building a more robust memory ecosystem. We will invite partners from across the IT industry to join us in expanding the software-hardware memory ecosystem to create greater customer value,” said Yongcheol Bae, Executive Vice President and Head of the Memory Application Engineering Team at Samsung Electronics.

“In the upcoming data-centric era, the integration of memory-centric hardware and software architectures will become increasingly essential, and for this purpose, Red Hat is happy to participate in the joint undertaking with Samsung,” said Marjet Andriesse, Senior Vice President and Head of Red Hat Asia Pacific.

As described, this partnership will focus on the development and validation of open source software for existing and emerging memory and storage products, including NVMe SSDs; CXL memory; computational memory/storage (HBM-PIM, Smart SSDs) and fabrics.

Both partners also plan to participate in open source communities such as the Linux Foundation, to ensure that their software technology has full support in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and with other open source software stacks.

As announced, Samsung plans to open its SMRC platform in the second half of this year and expects it to act as an ongoing catalyst for innovation in future IT systems.