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Named for the Greek "tachy," meaning speed, combined with "-um," indicating an element, Tachyum emerged from stealth mode in 2017 dedicated to engineering disruptive intelligent information processing products. Tachyum's founders have a track record of solving problems caused by device physics to deliver transformational products to market. The Campbell, Calif.-based company received seed funding in 2016.
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Tachyum and the Top SSD Companies List

by Zsolt Kerekes, editor - - January 23, 2018

Tachyum hasn't appeared in the Top SSD Companies List yet... But it's starting to attract interest among more readers and the company appeared in the closely outlying (unranked) portion of the list (26 to 35 zone of companies) in Q4 2017.

This incidentally was the same quarter that the in-situ SSD processing pioneer NGD Systems grabbed the #1 slot in list. So watch this space.

The computer market is in a new state of getting readiness with alt-nvms in production and being supported by tiering software and datasystems are aiming to stretch their reach downwards (to ultra low power batteryless zones for IoT) while at the same time aspiring to stretch upwards to bigger memoryfication infrastructures in the cloud. Processors are becoming married and genetically bonded to memory in ways which have been contemplated for decades but which before were too problematic to integrate at the SoC level.

The old idea of SSD-CPU equivalence which proved to be the gate opener for SSD acceleration in high end applications at a card and box level (in pioneering applications in the 1990s) and whose early adoption launched the modern era of the enterprise SSD market in about 2003, well - that SSD-CPU equivalence idea is moving to the SoC. Trust me I've been right about some of these things before.
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Who's who in SSD? - Tachyum

by Zsolt Kerekes, editor - - February 2017

We don't know any details of Tachyum's plans yet but what we do know is that in past ventures the founders have changed the economic boundaries of what the data systems industry had previously believed to be possible by their alchemy with product architectures, processor and controller interactions with raw memory (in big and small architectures) and deep analysis to reap the benefits of cumulative efficiency increments to a microscopic and forensic degree which no other competitors at the time imagined possible.

One of key trends in the industry right now is the fast forward to large memory systems architecture.

Simply replacing all the old rotating storage architectures with solid state storage was never the endpoint of the SSD market - merely a necessary transition towards more dataflow capable infrastructures in which modern applications can run without prejudicing processor and memory boundaries. The muletracks of dotcom era server architecture will be discarded except as legacy software emulations.

The modern world needs supercomputer analytics power at commodity pricing everywhere it can serve business needs. I suspect that's the direction which Tachyum is aiming at. Of course I may be far off the track myself. But whatever happens next will be worthy of our attention.

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Tachyum - selected mentions in SSD market history

In February 2017 - Tachyum emerged from stealth mode with a "hello world" announcement but no product details at that time.

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"Almost all modern computers, and future AI machines in particular, will be defined by their power requirements. - Tell me your energy budget and I can tell you pretty accurately how much computing youre going to be able to get done..."
Dave Ditzel, President and CEO at Esperanto Technologies (RISC CPU company) in the article - Esperanto Intends to Create the World's Best AI Processor - in (December 13, 2017).

See also:- SPARC history
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our impact could be 100x SandForce

says cofounder of Tachyum

Editor:- February 8, 2017 - Tachyum emerged from stealth mode today announcing its "mission to conquer the performance plateau in nanometer-class chips and the systems they power."

Tachyum (named for the Greek "tachy," meaning speed, combined with "-um," indicating an element) was cofounded by Dr. Radoslav "Rado" Danilak, who has invented more than 100 patents and spent more than 25 years designing state-of-the-art processing systems and delivering significant products to market.

Among other things Rado founded or cofounded 2 significant companies in SSD market history:- Skyera - an ultra efficient petabyte scale rackmount SSD company acquired by WD in 2014 - and SandForce which designed the most widely deployed SSD controllers. SandForce was acquired by LSI for $322 million in 2011 and in 2014 LSI's SSD business was acquired by Seagate.

Rado's past work in processor applications include:- at Wave Computing where he architected the 10GHz Processing Element of their deep learning DPU.

Explaining the technology void and market gap which Tachyum will focus on Rado said:-

"We have entered a post-Moore's Law era where performance hit a plateau, cost reduction slowed dramatically, and process node shrinks and CPU release cycles are getting longer. An innovative new approach, from first principles is the only realistic chance we have of achieving performance improvements to rival those that powered the tech industry of past decades, and the opportunity is a hundred times greater than any venture I've been involved in."

Editor's comments:- on linkedin I said "I don't know any details but with so many physics rooted data agility problems still needing to be solved anything that Rado Danilak does will be worthy of our future attention."

Rado replied - "Like always you are right on target. In fact Tachyum is 100x of SandForce opportunity and impact."

See also:- in-situ SSD processing
Raw chip memory... how much as SSD? how much as RAM?
after AFAs? - what's the next box
90% of the enterprise SSD companies which you know have no good reasons to survive.
market consolidation - why? how? when?
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and other questions which divide SSD opinion

More than 10 key areas of fundamental disagreement within the SSD industry are discussed in an article here on called the the SSD Heresies.
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