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xPU Deployment and Solutions Deep Dive
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Our 1st and 2nd webcasts in this xPU series explained what xPUs are, how they work, and what they can do. In this 3rd webcast, we will dive deeper into next steps for xPU deployment and solutions, discussing:

When to deploy

  • Pros and cons of dedicated accelerator chips versus running everything on the CPU
  • xPU use cases across hybrid, multi-cloud and edge environments
  • Cost and power considerations

Where to deploy

  • Deployment operating models: Edge, Core Data Center, CoLo, Public Cloud
  • System location: In the server, with the storage, on the network, or in all those locations?

How to deploy

  • Mapping workloads to hyperconverged and disaggregated infrastructure
  • Integrating xPUs into workload flows
  • Applying offload and acceleration elements within an optimized solution

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xPU Accelerator Offload Functions
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET

As covered in our first webcast “SmartNICs and xPUs: Why is the Use of Accelerators Accelerating,” we discussed the trend to deploy dedicated accelerator chips to assist or offload the main CPU. These new accelerators (xPUs) have multiple names such as SmartNIC, DPU, IPU, APU, NAPU.   

This second webcast in this series will cover a deeper dive into the accelerator offload functions of the xPU. We’ll discuss what problems the xPUs are coming to solve, where in the system they live, and the functions they implement, focusing on:

  •  Network Offloads 
  •  Security Offloads
  • Compute Offloads 
  • Storage Offloads

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Is the Data Really Gone? A Primer on the Sanitization of Storage Devices
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
9:00 am PT / 12:00 noon ET

What do you think is a more secure way of securely removing data from a hard drive - putting it through a shredder, or doing an instant secure erase? The answer might surprise you! Companies go to great lengths to secure their data and prevent confidential information from being made available to others. When a company is done using its ICT equipment, including the storage device, it is important to render the data inaccessible. Sanitization is a process or method to render access to target data on storage media infeasible for a given level of effort. SSDs and HDDs have various security features that make this sanitization quick, secure, and verifiable.

In this webcast, we will go over the different types of sanitization defined in the new IEEE P2883 Specification for Sanitization of Storage and cover easy ways to perform “Clear”, “Purge,” and “Destruct in mainstream storage interfaces like SATA, SAS, and NVMe. We discuss recommendations for the verification of sanitization to ensure that devices are meeting stringent requirements and explain how the purge technique for media sanitization can be quick, secure, reliable, and verifiable - and most importantly keeps the device in one piece.

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Why Cryptocurrency and Computational Storage?
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Blockchains, cryptocurrency, and the internet of markets are working to transform finance, wealth, safety, digital security, and trust. Storage-based cryptocurrencies had a breakout year in 2021. Proof of Space and Time is a new blockchain consensus that uses storage capacity to secure the blockchain. Decentralized file storage will enable alternatives to hyperscale data centers for hosting files and objects. Understanding the TCO of a storage system and optimizing the utilization of the storage hardware is critical in scaling these systems. Proof of space generation requires temporary compute and ephemeral storage resources. Having compute resources onboard an SSD can allow for local data processing to decrease overall system Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

Join SNIA members Jonmichael Hands of Chia Network, and Eli Tiomkin of NGD Systems as they discuss how a new approach of auto-plotting SSDs combined with computational storage can lower the total TCO. They will discuss how autoplotting works, provide server use cases that illustrate significant performance/TB gains, and discuss the results based on the SNIA Total Cost of Ownership Mode for Storage. This is a perfect opportunity to learn about the SNIA TCO model with an interactive case study.

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High Performance Storage at Exascale
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

As the computational performance of modern supercomputers is approaching the ExaFLOPS level (10**18 floating point operations per second), the demands on the storage systems that feed these supercomputers continue to increase. On top of traditional HPC simulation workloads, more and more supercomputers are also designed to simultaneously satisfy new data centric workflows with very different I/O characteristics.

Through their massive scale-out capabilities, current parallel file systems are more than able to provide the capacity and raw bandwidth that is needed at Exascale. But it can be difficult to achieve high performance for the increasingly complex data access patterns, to manage billions of small files efficiently, and to continuously feed large GPU based systems with the huge datasets that are required in ML/AI workloads.

This webcast will examine the different I/O workflows seen on supercomputers today, discussing the approaches the industry is taking to support the convergence of HPC and AI workflows, and highlighting some of the innovations in both storage hardware and parallel file system software that will enable high performance storage at Exascale and beyond, discussing:

  • Overview of typical use cases: Numerical simulation, sensor data ingest and analysis, ML/AI, etc.
  • Advancements in HPC storage hardware: From HDDs to storage class memory
  • Solution design: HPC storage fabrics, software stacks, heterogeneity, and tiering
  • Workflows: How to ensure data is available in the right place at the right moment
  • Realities of high-performance storage management – from the perspective of end users and storage administrators

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Next-generation Interconnects: The Critical Importance of Connectors and Cables
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Modern data centers systems consist of hundreds of sub-systems that are all connected with optical transceivers, copper cables, and industry standards-based connectors and cages. For interconnecting storage subsystems, two things are happening: Speeds are radically increasing making the maximum reach of copper wire interconnects very short and, at the same time, increasingly larger storage systems are expanding in size and much further apart. This is making longer reach optical technologies much more popular. However, optical interconnect technologies are more costly and complex compared to copper with a plethora of new buzz-words and technology concepts.

The rate of change from the huge uptick in data demand is accelerating new product developments at an incredible pace. While much of the enterprise industry is still on 10G/40G/100GbE speeds, the next generation optics groups are already commercializing 800G with 1.6Tb transceivers in discussion! Today, it’s all about power, cost, and upgrade paths.

In this SNIA Network Storage Forum webinar we’ll cover the latest in the impressive array of data center infrastructure solutions designed to address expanding requirements for higher-bandwidth and lower-power. This will include next-generation solutions leveraging copper and optics to deliver high signal integrity, lower-latency, and lower insertion loss to achieve maximum efficiency, speed, and density.

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Storage Technologies & Practices Ripe for Refresh: Part 2
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

In our second installment of our Storage Technologies & Practices Ripe for Refresh, we will cover older HDD device interfaces and file systems. Advice will be given on how to replace these in production environments as well as why these changes are recommended. Also, we will be covering protocols that you should consider removing from your networks, either older versions of protocols where only newer versions should be used, or protocols that have been supplanted by superior options and should be discontinued entirely.

Finally, we will look at physical networking interfaces and cabling that are popular today but face an uncertain future as networking speeds grow ever faster. 

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Digital Storage Stars in the Media and Entertainment Industry
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Digital storage is a critical technology for professional Media and Entertainment (M&E). With the Covid-19 pandemic much M&E work went remote, enabled by cloud based services and private and public cloud storage. NVMe SSDs and emerging memories are assuming increased use in high resolution, high frame rate, high dynamic range video content workflows. Between 2019 and 2025, about a 3X increase is expected in the required storage capacity in the industry and a 3.4X increase in storage capacity shipped per year. Cloud storage capacity for the M&E industry will increase 13X between 2019 and 2025.

This webinar looks at the trends driving demand for digital storage in all parts of the M&E industry, with data from the 2020 Digital Storage in Media and Entertainment report from Coughlin Associates presented by Tom Coughlin, who also serves as the volunteer Education Chair for the SNIA Compute, Memory, and Storage Initiative.

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RAID on CPU: RAID for NVMe SSDs without a RAID Controller Card
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:00 PM CET | 3:00 PM GMT | 10:00 AM ET

RAID on CPU is an enterprise RAID solution specifically designed for NVMe-based solid state drives (SSDs). This innovative technology provides the ability to directly connect NVMe-based SSD’s to PCIe lanes and make RAID arrays using those SSD’s without the need for a RAID Host Bus Adapter (HBA). As a result, customers gain NVMe SSD performance and data availability without the need of a traditional RAID HBA.

This webcast will recall key concepts for NVMe SSDs and RAID levels and will take a deep dive into RAID on the CPU technology and the way it compares to traditional Software and Hardware RAID solutions. Learn more about this new technology and how it is implemented, and gain a clear insight into the advantages of RAID on the CPU.

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The Key to Value: Understanding the NVMe Key-Value Standard
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

The storage industry has many applications that rely on storing data as objects. In fact, it’s the most popular way that unstructured data is accessed. At the drive level, however, the devil is in the details. Normally, storage devices store information as blocks, not objects. This means that there is some translation that goes on between the data as it is consumed (i.e., objects) and the data that is stored (i.e., blocks).

Naturally, being efficient means that there are performance boosts, and simplicity means that there are fewer things that can go wrong. Moving towards storing key value pairs that get away from the traditional block storage paradigm make it easier and simpler to access objects.

What does this mean? And why should you care? That’s what this webinar is going to cover! This presentation will discuss the benefits of Key Value storage, present the major features of the NVMe-KV Command Set and how it interacts with the NVMe standards. It will also cover the SNIA KV-API and open source work that is available to take advantage of Key Value storage.

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