Birds of a Feather (BoF) Sessions

SDC is pleased to offer a variety of Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions. These sessions will be held in one-hour blocks from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM PDT (UTC-7). A BoF is an informal gathering of persons interested in a particular technical topic. SDC BoFs generally will discuss topics presented that day as part of SDC.  To access those presentations prior to the BoF register for SDC.  All SDC 2020 BoFs are live events conducted using Zoom and a Slack channel. The BoFs will not be recorded.

Lead or attend a BoF! Meet with your peers! Present new work! Don't miss these special activities designed to maximize the value of your time at the conference.

All SDC BoFs are open to the general public. If you are registered for SDC, you can acess the BoF detils on the conference website.
If you are NOT registered for SDC
, sign up to receive the BoF access details prior to the event.


All times PDT. Schedule is subject to change.

Tuesday, September 22nd

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Windows File Server Protocol Test Suite Cross Platform Meetup

Vivian Tian, Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft
Victor Ding, Software Engineer 2, Microsoft

Our new release of the Windows File Server Protocol Test Suite on .NET Core enables cross- platform support for testing scenarios. Join us to learn more and to give us feedback for future releases.

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Computational Storage Matures

Scott Shadley, VP Marketing, NGD Systems
Jason Molgaard, Storage Solutions Architect, Arm

Computational Storage update and discussion around industry movement.

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Meet the Experts and Speed your SNIA Swordfish™ Implementation of NVMe™ and NVMe-oF™ - Sharpen Your Sword to Hone Your Edge in Storage Management

Richelle Ahlvers, Storage Management Architect and SNIA Board Director
Curtis Ballard, Distinguished Technologist, HPE
David Black, Senior Distinguished Engineer, Dell EMC
Phil Cayton, Senior Staff Software Engineer, Intel

New approaches to storage management are needed to keep up with the growing and changing market, so it’s time to sharpen your sword before it’s too late to hone your edge.

SNIA Swordfish™ v1.2.1, just released, with support added for NVMe™ and NVMe-oF™, includes the new SNIA Swordfish NVMe Model Overview and Mapping Guide, which provides guidance for getting started and developing Swordfish with NVMe and NVMe-oF devices.

For those of you attending SDC, the storage management track will provide you on the same day, a walk-through Swordfish overview and deep dive, using Swordfish with NVMe and NVMe-oF, and information about development tools and infrastructure.

Attend this BoF to meet the experts who will discuss how the SNIA Swordfish™ specification is currently growing to include full NVMe and NVMe-oF enablement and alignment across DMTF, NVMe, and SNIA for NVMe and NVMe-oF use cases.

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Persistent Memory BoF

Jenni Dietz, Intel, Co-Chair SNIA CMSI
Jim Fister, SNIA

The SNIA Compute Memory and Storage Initiative will be hosting a BoF covering the latest in Persistent Memory development and applications. We'll have a report on some of the latest educational material, an update on our workshop/hackathon program, and a preview of coming PM learning opportunities at FMS, PIRL, and next year's PM Summit. Come join all your Persistent Memory colleagues for a fun online event.

5:00 - 6:00 PM


Mark Carlson, Principal Architect , Kioxia

Bill Martin, SSD I/O Standards, Samsung
Kim Malone, Storage Software Architect, Intel
Peter Onufryk, Intel

A panel of NVMe Authors discussing their latest work, implementation issues and using NVMe in the real world.

5:00 - 6:00 PM

EDSFF: It’s more than just storage, A conversation with very opinionated experts

Alex Haser, Senior Industry Standards Engineer, SFF TA TWG Co-Chair, Molex

The industry needed a new form factor to meet projected workload demands on capacity, thermal loading, electrical loading, and  The SNIA Small Form Factor Technical Alliance (SNIA SFF) met this need with the EDSFF family of specifications.  SNIA SFF maintains this and many other families (such as defining the 2.5” and 3.5” form factors we’re all used to).  Representatives from System Makers, SSD Makers, and Connector Makers will share what they believe is are the important “Things to Know” and a co-chair from SNIA SFF will moderate.


Wednesday, September 23rd

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Building the Software-Enabled Flash™ Community

Earle Philhower, Sr. Staff Technical Product Manager, Kioxia
Sean Stead, Sr. Staff Business Development Manager, Kioxia

KIOXIA (formerly Toshiba Memory) has released the new Software-Enabled Flash API, GitHub under an open source license that enables hyperscale developers to tune flash storage for quality of service (QoS) and performance. We know it takes a community of developers and vendors to make a revolutionary project like this successful. Let’s see how flash vendors, controller manufacturers, and end users can work together to make this open standard successful.

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Friends of Linux Kernel AFS Meetup

Jeffrey Altman, CEO, AuriStor, Inc.

Developers, end-user organizations and representatives of Linux distributions are encouraged to attend to discuss legacy and future use cases for the world's first cloud filesystem, /afs.

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Blockchain Technology and Its Role in the Storage Networking Industry

Lucy Gazmararian, Associate Director, Crypto & Fintech; Co-Chair, Blockchain Committee HK, Price Waterhouse Coopers; Fintech Association Hong Kong

Daniel Sloan, Co-Founder/Blockchain & AI Practice Manager, FutureTech
Bjorn Bjercke, Founder of Blockchain For Business Applications - Europe, Sopra Steria
Igor Khmel, CEO & Founder of NEO Bank, Bankex
Ke Du, Data Architect, Marvell Semiconductors
Yogesh Raje, President, Blockchain Chamber of Commerce

This panel, led by Lucy Gazmararian of PWC ( Price Waterhouse Coopers) will discuss the current state of blockchain technology, potential applications, what the industries are looking for and how it affects the development of new storage and networking applications.