Persistent Memory


Welcome to a summary of SNIA's work on Persistent Memory

Thanks to all companies who joined via webcasts and at Flash Memory Summit to prioritize 2018-2019 industry needs and SNIA work items, including user perspective case studies, best practices, and vertical industry requirements. Welcome to our 2019 activities, including the upcoming SNIA Persistent Memory Summit.

Access the latest information on the 2019 Summit including a pre-Summit Persistent Memory Programming Hackathon.

SNIA activities are foundational to one of the most significant changes in computer architecture – Persistent Memory. SNIA, its technical work, and its marketing Initiatives are key contributors to an ecosystem driving system memory and storage into a single, unified “persistent memory” entity.

Learn what persistent memory will mean to consumers and the industry in this interview with Jim Pappas, SNIA Vice Chairman and Co-Chair of the SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative

SNIA is driving technical activities to define how the industry will use the new persistent memory solutions coming to market. The Non Volatile Memory Technical Work Group (NVM Programming TWG) delivers specifications describing the behavior of a common set of software interfaces that provide access to non-volatile memory. The TWG’s current work is the NVM Programming Model Specification, which describes behavior used by applications and kernel components to access emerging features for traditional block NVM (SSDs), and a new programming model for persistent memory – NVM hardware designed to be treated by software similarly to system memory.

SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) is a leader in enabling users to understand that powerful persistent memory solutions are here today, being standardized, and will be key building blocks of consumer, enterprise and data center solutions for the next decade and beyond. SSSI evangelizes the persistent memory technical work at SNIA, and its Persistent Memory and NVDIMM Special Interest Group (PM&NVDIMM SIG) accelerates awareness and adoption of persistent memory technologies and Non-Volatile Dual In-line Memory Modules (NVDIMMs) in the marketplace through education, providing input to standards organizations, and development of vendor-agnostic user perspective case studies, best practices, and vertical industry requirements to help end user customers understand how products and solutions can meet performance, cost, and efficiency goals.


Version Title Release Date Comments
v1.2 NVM Programming Model (pdf) 19 June 2017 SNIA Technical Position
v1.1 NVM Programming Model (pdf) 9 March 2015 SNIA Technical Position
v1.0 NVM Programming Model (pdf) 21 December 2013 SNIA Technical Position


Version Title Release Date Comments
v1 Persistent Memory Hardware Threat Model 26 July 2018 SNIA Technical White Paper
v1r1  Persistent Memory Atomics and Transactions 10 January 2017 SNIA Technical White Paper
v1 NVM PM Remote Access for High Availability 22 February 2016  SNIA Technical White Paper

PERSISTENT MEMORY Videos, Presentations and Webcasts

OpenFabricsAlliance Workshop 2018 Playlist (videos)
Persistent Memory Summit 2018 Playlist (videos)
Presentations from the 2018 Persistent Memory Summit (presentations)
The SNIA NVM Programming Model: Latest Developments and Challenge (video)
Boosting Performance of Data Intensive Applications via Persistent Memory - February 2017 Presentation at Container World (presentation)
Persistent Memory Summit 2017 Playlist (videos)
Presentations from the 2017 Persistent Memory Summit (presentations)
NVDIMM - Applications are Here (webcast)
Magic and Mystery of In-Memory Applications (webcast)
Providing Storage at Memory Speed Using NVDIMMs Sponsored by the SNIA NVDIMM SIG
NVDIMM Cookbook (SNIA Tutorial)

For more information:

  • Read our SNIA on Solid State Storage Blog
  • Track SNIA Persistent Memory and Solid State Storage activities on Twitter
  • Check out the SNIA newsroom for PM and Solid State articles
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