December 2019 Issue

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SNIA Swordfishv1.1.0a is Now a SNIA Technical Position

SNIA Swordfish v1.1.0a is now a SNIA Technical Position, available for immediate download here. This version of the specification has been updated to include Features and Profiles, enhancements for volumes, storage pools and consistency groups have been added, and class of service has become an optional feature. It also includes a new type of schema for Redfish Device Enablement (RDE). Please see the release bundle for full v1.1.0a change details.
SNIA Swordfish is a customer-centric interface extension of the DMTF Redfish® specification for easy integration of scalable management solutions. Your one-stop place for all Swordfish information is

SNIA Emerald™ Now an ISO Standard

The SNIA Green Storage Technical Work Group (TWG) has developed the SNIA Emerald™ Power Efficiency Measurement Specification with the goal that it be a recognized world-wide methodology for measuring the power efficiency of data center storage systems. This worked reached a level of maturity in Specification V3.0.3 that merited submission for adoption as an International Standard.
After adoption by Joint Technical Committee ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information technology, ISO has published the International Standard. Adoption of the SNIA Emerald Specification as an International Standard facilitates the use of the methodology on a world-wide basis. The International Standard is available for purchase from ISO at

IEC/ISO 24091:2019 is technically equivalent to SNIA Emerald Power Efficiency Measurement Specification V3.0.3; therefore procedures, tools, documents, and training developed for use with Specification V3.0.3 are directly applicable for use with IEC/ISO 24091:2019.
This major milestone for the Green TWG and Green Storage Initiative (GSI) culminates a significant effort that started in 2008, with many SNIA volunteers,, SNIA Alliances, and regional regulators. With the ISO accreditation, SNIA Emerald will more readily be referenced by regulators and  data center energy efficiency programs. The USA EPA Energy Star Program was the first regional program to build a storage server program on the foundation of the SNIA Emerald test methods and metrics, that continues to evolve to this day.   

Submit Your Entry for the Persistent Memory Programming Challenge!

Your chance to design a persistent-memory-based application is here!  Accessible systems with NVDIMMs contributed by PM&NVDIMM SIG members AgigA Tech, Intel, SMART Modular, and Supermicro are now installed at  the SNIA Technology Center as the backbone of the first SNIA NVDIMM Programming Challenge. Judging is underway and winning solutions will be featured at the complimentary-to-attend January 23, 2020 SNIA Persistent Memory Summit.
Interested in participating?  Get your credentials and review the judging criteria on the SNIASolidState blog. Happy coding! 

SNIA’s Data Protection Committee -
New Name and Charter

The SNIA Data Protection and Capacity Optimization Committee has updated its charter and name to the Data Protection & Privacy Committee (DPPC). This announcement is in response to increasing global legislation on data privacy which is having a significant impact on data governance.
The new DPPC will promote the adoption of data protection technology and provide guidance on aspects of data privacy through education, marketing outreach, best practices, and compliance advice. In collaboration with other relevant SNIA groups, the DPPC will deliver guidance to improve management of primary data assets and reduce exposure to external threats.
The DPPC will be delivering an introductory webcast, Data Privacy & Why it Matters, on December 11th at 10:00 am PT which will cover what kinds of personal information must be protected and guidelines for keeping it safe.
If you are interested in this work and want to participate in the DPPC, please contact Paul Talbut.
Featured Event

Dynamic Speakers on the 2020 Persistent Memory Summit Agenda

Stephen Bates,
PhD, Chief Technology Officer, Eideticom
Dave Eggleston,
Principal of Intuitive Cognition Consulting
You won’t want to miss a great lineup of erudite speakers and entertaining topics at next month’s Persistent Memory Summit, including:
  • Stephen Bates, CTO of Eideticom, will present The Perfect Trifecta:  NVMe, CXL, and Persistent Memory.  Stephen will introduce CXL and how it can be used as an innovation platform to extend existing NVMe devices to the new and exciting world of CXL and persistent memory. He will discuss the nuts and bolts of CXL, the upgrade path from NVMe to CXL, a variety of use-cases for NVMe/CXL devices, and software issues like drivers, OS support and management.

  • Dave Eggleston, Principal of Intuitive Cognition Consulting, will speak on Persistent Memory:  Media, Attachment, and Usage.  Dave will identify, compare, and contrast the new methods for persistent memory attachment, and propose innovative ways applications will utilize persistent memory to overcome memory and power limitations. 
Read more about these speakers and talks, check out the rest of the agenda, and  register today for this complimentary event on January 23, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.
Featured Video

Standardization for a Key-Value Interface Underway at SNIA and NVM Express®

Presented by Bill Martin, SSD IO Standards, Samsung
Featured Blog

Hyperscalers Take on NVMe™ Cloud Storage Questions

Learn how Hyperscalers Facebook and Microsoft are leveraging NVMe cloud storage in this Q&A blog.
Featured Podcast

Accelerating RocksDB with Eideticom’s NoLoad NVMe-based Computational Storage Processor

by  Stephen Bates, CTO, Eideticom

SNIA Welcomes New Member

SNIA is pleased to welcome Metify as a new SNIA Startup member.
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.
Upcoming Webcasts
Data Privacy & Why it Matters
December 11, 2019
Thomas Rivera, Chair, SNIA Data Protection & Privacy Committee; Paul Talbut, SNIA
The way data is shared and stored can put information at significant risk. Failing to protect sensitive information can increase the risk of exploitation by cybercriminals and force companies to face lawsuits and legal penalties. This presentation will cover the kinds of personal information that must be protected and guidelines for keeping it safe.
Where Does SPDK Fit in the NVMe-oF Landscape?
January 9, 2020
Jim Harris, Intel; Ben Walker, Intel, Tim Lustig, Mellanox
The Storage Performance Development Kit (SPDK) has gained industry-wide recognition as a framework for building highly performant and efficient storage software with a focus on NVMe™. This includes software drivers and libraries for building NVMe-oF™ host and target solutions. In this presentation, technical leaders from SPDK will provide an overview of the project, NVMe-oF use cases that are best suited for SPDK, and insights into how SPDK achieves its storage networking performance and efficiency.
What a Year It Was – and Where We Need to Go on Emerging Memory
January 14, 2020
Jim Handy, Objective Analysis; Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates
Get prepared for SNIA’s Persistent Memory Summit with this webcast from Objective Analysis and Coughlin Associates. Following up on their 2018 groundbreaking report on emerging memories, Jim Handy and Tom Coughlin will update us on 2019 advances in support from SNIA, the launch of Optane memory on DIMMs, new MRAM types, and more. You won’t want to miss their analysis on the progress made, and their perspective on the groundwork that still needs to be covered to bring persistent memory to mainstream computing.
Find SNIA at these Events

SNIA Annual Members Symposium – Santa Clara, CA – January 20-24, 2020
Persistent Memory Summit – Santa Clara, CA – January 23, 2020
SDC EMEA – Tel Aviv, Israel – February 4-5, 2020
USENIX FAST'20 – Santa Clara, CA – February 27, 2020
SDC India – Bangalore, India – May 21-22, 2020
Storage Developer Conference – Santa Clara, CA – September 21-24, 2020

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