Originally Posted by naz2
pointless gimmick. just some software that rearranges files for you and probably makes resizing the storage "array" a big hassle. i'm gonna assume that most people who care enough to buy an nvme/ssd understand how to structure their file system already
Honestly, it depends. This makes it a bit easier and if you can configure which drives it uses and allow it to ignore some, it could make for an alternate way to RAID drives. eg. I could think of a use case where I buy an M.2 SSD and keep my current 840Evo with this, it's still fast SSD storage and it sounds like it'd put the heavily used stuff on the M.2 drive and use the slower SSD for other things. Or possibly adding together your HDDs so you simply have one C: and one D: drive. If it worked under Linux, it'd make it a lot easier than worrying about mount points and the like too depending on how good the code for determining which files go on the SSDs and which on the HDDs is.
Usually I'm against caching but Optane looks semi-decent and this also looks interesting especially with AMDs previous work with RAMDrives. A TR system running some NVMe drives and a large RAMDisk on fast DDR4 for caching them would be insane.
Originally Posted by starliner
Optane is hardware. This is software. More like AMD's answer to Intel's RST, which could use an SSD as a cache for an HDD. My professional experience with Intel RST was garbage. I wouldn't touch a SW tool like this unless the hardware it was on was meant to support it properly. Mainly for the dirty shutdown cases.
I kinda want a simple version of it for power users rather than an algorithm or the like. I have xGB of RAMDisk and/or 3D XPoint on my system, I'd like to accelerate the loading of these folders/files (eg. Windows, your user profile data and some commonly used programs) which then automatically copies them from whatever storage you use, treats the fast storage as default storage and periodically writes new data in as needed. In theory a power outage or the like shouldn't hurt things much more than it would normally, especially with 3D XPoint as it retains data.