Linux 5.1 Will Let You Treat PMEM Like 3DXPoint Optane NVDIMMs Back As System RAM
Persistent memory like Optane NVDIMMs is geared for uses like databases, HPC, and other enterprise computing scenarios. While it's not quite as fast as system RAM, support is coming in Linux 5.1 should you find yourself wanting to dedicate some persistent memory for use back as conventional system RAM. This may make some sense if Optane NVDIMMs indeed end up being comparatively cheaper than large capacity DDR4 DIMMs albeit would be sacrificing some performance in this PMEM-as-RAM configuration.
Last week I wrote about this PMEM-as-RAM series through the Linux DAX code. At that time it looked like it might not land as Linus Torvalds wasn't yet certain over it. However, this Saturday he has gone ahead and merged the support into the kernel. This support will thus be present in the Linux 5.1 kernel beginning with the 5.1-rc1 kernel release expected tomorrow.