Published October 31, 2023
Author Jeniece Wnorowski
Problem: Need to overcome storage bottlenecks that often limit server performance in edge scenarios and can hamper machine learning (ML)/artificial intelligence (AI) applications at the edge.
Solution: Cheetah RAID Raptor, which uses Solidigm SSDs, is a high-performance server designed to help organizations manage their data demands at the edge.
Benefits: Scalable, high-performance real-time data collection ensures edge applications, including ML/AI, have what they need to maintain operations.
Download the customer story or read on to learn how Solidigm partnered with Cheetah RAID, a leader in building high-performance, small form factor NVMe servers for media and entertainment, and autonomous vehicle markets.
Around 2.5 quintillion bytes worth of data are generated every day.  That’s data that needs to be stored, accessed, and analyzed to support all types of activities and decisions. At the edge, where an increasing number of applications are creating and using more data, servers can quickly become overwhelmed.
Unfortunately, it’s a problem that is only going to get worse, as more services and applications rely on ML and AI. Nearly 77% of devices today use AI technology in one form or another,  while 77% of businesses are using or exploring AI.  Without access to data, however, these ML/AI applications cannot function.
Recognizing the increasingly critical need to make sure data can be collected and processed at the edge, Cheetah RAID built the Cheetah Raptor, which leverages Solidigm solid state drives (SSDs) for high performance, reliable data storage. Not only can it handle the terabytes (TB) of data required by ML/AI applications, but it can maintain operations under the extremely challenging conditions often found at the edge (e.g., vibrations, shocks, humidity, and large temperature swings).
The Cheetah RAID Raptor enables organizations to manage their sprawling edge data and support ML/AI applications with a server that offers modular storage canisters that can support nearly three quarters of a petabyte across just 12 drives.
The Raptor has three hot-pluggable Gen4 NVMe canisters, AMD EPYC CPUs with up to 64 cores, and 128x Gen4 PCIe lanes. Each of the canisters holds up to four SSDs. The canisters allow data to be logged and processed independently and frees data migration from the constraints of the network fabric, as they can be easily moved to different locations.
Emby states that the primary constraint for edge workloads is the limitation of bandwidth rather than latency. The seamless integration of Solidigm QLC SSDs with Cheetah's high-performance servers makes them highly suitable for the efficient deployment of edge solutions.
The Cheetah Raptor was purpose-built to maintain operations under the most challenging of environments. For instance, the chassis has been significantly braced and reinforced internally to protect it from sudden movements and shocks.
The Solidigm SSDs have no moving parts and offer an extremely small form factor, which minimizes the real estate, power, and cooling required in the chassis, and help it perform regardless of swings in temperature (ranging from 0° to 50°C) and humidity (5% to 90% relative humidity).
The Cheetah RAID Raptor has a triple canister design; each canister can hold four Solidigm high-capacity SSDs. The Solidigm 61.44TB SSD can store nearly a petabyte of data in a single server, which means organizations have the potential capacity they need to support their many use cases at the edge. They can spend less time swapping canisters and more time getting the benefits of their ML/AI applications.
Ingest rate in a 12-drive configuration can reach approximately 40GB/sec with a lifetime write endurance of in excess of 200PBW per drive. During inference, a 12-drive configuration can generate 12 million IO operations per second with a fully random access pattern using 4KB fetch size. 
When the Cheetah RAID Raptor is configured with four 30.72TB or 61.44TB Solidigm D5-P5316 NVMe SSDs, which are hot swappable, the removable drive canister makes it easy to offload data and refresh the storage for optimal performance and reliability in the field.
For more information on how Solidigm can provide customized data storage solutions to support your most challenging edge requirements, please go to www.Solidigm.com
 Max potential 1U storage density: Industry-leading 61.44TB capacity enables nearly 2PB of storage in a 1U server:1U based on 32x E1.L front load drive bays x 61.44TB E1.L D5-P5336 = 1.966PB. Max 1U front load based VAST configuration.