Updated Client Solid State Storage PerformanceTest Specification Released By SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative

For Release: 
Revised Test Specification Adds New Write Saturation Test and Refines Existing Tests

News Summary:

  • The Solid State Storage Performance Test Specification (PTS) is a device-level performance test suite for benchmarking and comparing performance among SAS, SATA and PCI Express SSDs
  • Revision of the PTS-Client workloads adjust the preconditioning ranges and test boundaries – further reflecting typical everyday single user SSD usage patterns
  • Sample test results using the PTS-Client v1.1 have been posted to the SNIA SSSI Understanding PTS Performance webpage

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Full Story:

June 26, 2012.  San Francisco, CA.  The Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) today announced the release of an updated Performance Test Specification (PTS) for Client workloads - the PTS-Client version 1.1.  The PTS is the industry standard test specification for comparative performance testing of NAND Flash based Solid State Drives.  This specification prescribes standardized procedures for preparing SSDs for test by defining pre-conditioning methodologies, steady state determination criteria, and standard performance test measurements.

The PTS-Client v1.1 updates tests for IOPS, throughput and latency to more accurately reflect the workload conditions under which Client SSDs are used.  The PTS-Client v1.1 also adds a Write Saturation test that measures the initial Fresh-Out-of-Box state of SSDs and their performance evolution as data is randomly written to the device.

"The primary updates to PTS-Client v1.1 are adjustments to preconditioning ranges and test boundaries.   Taken together, these parameters create a repeatable test stimulus that more accurately reflects the workload characteristics of SSDs used in a single user environment," said Eden Kim, Chair of the SSS TWG.  "The PTS-Client v1.1 also adds an easily understandable description of each test, which helps the user to understand the purpose of the test, the test flow, and guidance on how to interpret the test results."

"Sample test results using the PTS-Client v1.1 have been posted to the SNIA SSSI Understanding SSD Performance webpage, showing the results of the updated tests," said Paul Wassenberg, Chair of the SNIA SSSI.  “The webpage also contains test reports for both client and enterprise SSDs, as well as other educational resources aimed at helping users to better understand the mechanics of SSD performance.” 

The PTS is a device-level performance test suite for benchmarking and comparing performance among SAS, SATA and PCI Express SSDs.  The PTS-Enterprise v1.0 and PTS-Client v1.0 test specifications were developed by the SNIA Solid State Storage Technical Working Group (SSS TWG) and were released in April and August of 2011 respectively.

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/forums/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 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.

Dan La Russo
Ogilvy PR
Phone: (303) 634-2632
Email Dan.LaRusso@ogilvy.com