Persistent Memory over Fabrics (PMoF)

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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It is becoming increasingly clear that the value of Persistent Memory is magnified dramatically if it can be accessed by a client over a fabric. Because of its unique nature, (occupying a unique strata in the classical memory hierarchy), Persistent Memory over Fabrics (PMoF) poses some interesting challenges for the fabric. This session sets the stage for addressing those challenges. The talk begins with a description of three abstract use cases for PMoF as a way of illuminating some of the key fabric requirements necessary to implement it. The next portion describes some of the hardware challenges involved in hosting a remote Persistent Memory service on a switched fabric. The third portion of the talk points toward efforts underway in the industry to upgrade existing fabric technologies to deliver the capabilities needed to support Persistent Memory.

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