New Version Enterprise SSD Performance Test Specification Released by SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative

For Release: 
2013-05-29
Releases Draft of New Test Specification, Updated Reference Test Platform, and SNIA Endorsed SSD Testing Service

News Summary:

·         The new version Enterprise Solid State Storage Performance Test Specification (PTS–E) revision 1.1 is available for public review from the SNIA SSSI. The PTS is a device–level performance benchmarking and comparative performance test specification for SSDs.

·         The PTS–E 1.1 allows testers to insert workloads of interest into standard PTS tests including access patterns common to virtualized environments (VM), On–Line–Transaction-Processing (OLTP), Video–On–Demand (VOD), and other application environments.

·         A new Reference Test Platform 3.0 has been defined for the testing of PCIe and 12Gb/s SAS SSDs.

·         A SNIA endorsed SSD testing service based on the SSS Performance Test Specification is now available for PCIe, SAS, SATA, and mSATA SSDs.

San Francisco, CA – (May 29, 2013)The Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) today announced the first public review of a new version of the Enterprise SSD Performance Test Specification, a higher performance Reference Test Platform, and a new SSSI PTS SSD Testing Service.

NEW SOLID STATE STORAGE PERFORMANCE TEST SPECIFICATION

A new revision of the Enterprise Solid State Storage Performance Test Specification (PTS–E 1.1) is available for public review. The PTS is an industry standard test methodology and test suite for the comparison of SSD performance at the device level. The PTS–E 1.1 updates the PTS–E 1.0 released in 2011 and adds tests with specific types of workloads common in the enterprise environment. The PTS–E 1.1 may be downloaded at /publicreview.

"The PTS–Enterprise v1.1 provides both standard testing (IOPS, Throughput, Latency, and Write Saturation) as well as new tests for specific workloads commonly found in Enterprise environments," said Eden Kim, Chair of the SSS Technical Work Group. “These new tests also allow the user to insert workloads into the new tests while maintaining the industry standard methodology for pre conditioning and steady state determination."

The new tests target workloads common to OLPT, VOD, VM, and other enterprise applications while paying special attention to the optimization of drives for varying demand intensity, maximum IOPS and minimal response times and latencies.

NEW REFERENCE TEST PLATFORM

The SNIA SSSI PCIe SSD Committee has also defined the Reference Test Platform 3.0 to be used for testing of PCIe and SAS SSD Devices. A follow on to the SSSI RTP 2.0, the new RTP 3.0 is based on a PCIe 3.0 motherboard. The new RTP 3.0 will enable the testing of PCIe and 12Gb/s SAS SSDs. For more details, see www.snia.org/forums/sssi/rtp.

SSD TESTING SERVICE

SSSI is recommending a new SSD testing service.  Companies and individuals can now submit SAS, SATA, mSATA, or PCIe SSDs to be tested to the SNIA SSS Performance Test Specification (PTS) for a fee.  Testing is conducted by a certified SSS PTS testing facility and includes a variety of tests defined in the SNIA SSSI PTS.  Complete reports as defined in the PTS will be provided.  Interested parties may get more information at www.snia.org/forums/sssi/ptstest.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Any company interested in participating in the ongoing development of the SSS Performance Test Specifications (both Client and Enterprise) and promoting SSS technology is encouraged to join SNIA, SSSI, and the SSS TWG. Status on updates to the specification, related white papers, and industry articles can be found at www.snia.org/sssi.

About the SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative
The SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) fosters the growth and success of the market for solid state storage in both enterprise and client environments. Members of the SSSI work together to promote the development of technical standards and tools, educate the IT communities about solid state storage, perform market outreach that highlights the virtues of solid state storage, and collaborate with other industry associations on solid state storage technical work. SSSI member companies represent a variety of segments in the IT industry; the membership list can be found at /forums/sssi/about/members/. For more information on SNIA’s Solid State Storage activities, visit www.snia.org/forums/sssi, check out the SSSI blog at http://sniasssiblog.org and get involved in the conversation at http://twitter.com/SNIASolidState.

About the SNIA Solid State Storage Technical Work Group
The Solid State Storage Technical Work Group (SSS TWG) created and maintains a reference SNIA architecture to facilitate industry–wide adoption of common requirements, methods, and specifications in related standards organizations.

About the SNIA
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not–for–profit global organization, made up of some 400 member companies spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA’s mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For additional information, visit the SNIA web site at http://www.snia.org or /international for a list of International Affiliates.

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David Friedman
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