November 2020 Issue

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SNIA Announces 2020-2021 Board of Directors and Technical Council

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced its 2020-2021 Board of Directors and Technical Council (TC) members.

“2020 has been a year of change, renewed commitment and investment for the future by the industry” said Michael Oros, SNIA Executive Director. “Taking on the changing world, we have new representatives from several industry companies that have joined the SNIA Board from Cisco Systems, Kioxia, NetApp, and Pure Storage. In addition, Dell has also joined the Technical Council, and together we look forward to the new industry engagements and technical work that is already underway with SNIA’s 2,500 storage industry experts from around the world.”

SNIA has reaffirmed its key vision to be “All Things Storage,” with a focus on responsibility and accountability to its members, its alliance partners, and end users worldwide. 

“SNIA is taking the opportunity to strengthen its relationships, both inside and outside the organization,” said Dr. J Metz, Chair of SNIA’s Board of Directors. “We understand the importance of leading by example - creating stronger bonds of communication and technical responsibility. SNIA has the advantage of representing a diverse ecosystem of storage technology, and we are taking steps to maintain its reputation of trust and reliability throughout the industry.”

Read the full press release here

Geek Out on Computational Storage

Have you been wondering what computational storage is? Thinking about how it plays in architectures? Evaluating its current and future uses?  Well, here’s your chance to find out – in our new entry in the Geek Out on Storage series - Computational Storage. 

Start from the beginning with the two-minute fundamentals video from the SNIA Computational Storage Special Interest Group. Then dive into three playlists that give a perspective from SNIA experts on:
  • Approaches for moving compute closer to storage 
  • How computational storage is deployed in today’s environments 
  • Where the future will take us 
Pick and choose the ones you want to Geek Out on!
Geek Out Here on Computational Storage

SSD Block Traces Added to the SNIA IOTTA Repository

A new set of block traces collected using solid-state drives has recently been added to the SNIA IOTTA Repository.  The set contains 2 billion records collected over a period of nine hours using the Yahoo! Cloud Serving Benchmark (YCSB) workload.
The traces will be discussed in more detail within a forthcoming ACM Transactions on Storage (TOS) paper entitled “SSD-Based Workload Characteristics and Their Performance Implications”.
Established and maintained by the SNIA “Input/Output Traces, Tools, and Analysis Technical Work Group (IOTTA TWG)”, the SNIA IOTTA Repository is a worldwide repository for storage-related I/O trace files, associated tools, and other related information.  All repository content is available for free download by the storage research and development communities in both academia and industry and by the general public.

SNIA Swordfish™ Virtual Mockathon II

On Dec. 2 & 3, developers will have a unique opportunity to start down the Swordfish implementation path by participating in the SNIA Swordfish Virtual Mockathon II. This event features hands-on work with open source tools and will help you create mockups of your existing interfaces using Swordfish functionality.

Participants will learn how to:
  • Find and use the various tools available to create and validate mockups
  • Validate a basic Swordfish mockup using the latest open source tools
  • Map features from existing product lines to a Swordfish mockup
  • Convert a mockup to a real, functional Swordfish implementation
To register, please e-mail Tom Mancuso at

SNIA Swordfishv1.2.1c Now Available as a SNIA Standard

SNIA Swordfish v1.2.1c is now available as a SNIA Standard. This version adds schema support for NVMe and NVMe-oF, the all-new SNIA Swordfish NVMe Model Overview and Mapping Guide, NVMe use case enhancements to the SNIA Swordfish User’s Guide, and more.   The site has also been updated with multiple NVMe and NVMe-oF mockups. Visit
Storage Developer Conference (SDC)

Registration Open for SDC India 2020 – December 4-5, 2020

The 6th Annual Storage Developer Conference (SDC) India will be a virtual conference on December 4-5 2020. Registration is now open to delegates wishing to attend the virtual conference. The cost to attend the two-day conference will be INR 2000 plus GST.
Register Here
The draft agenda has now been published. SDC India 2020 contains two full days of high quality technical and educational sessions that will appeal to all storage developers. These sessions will be pre-recorded and streamed at the times listed on the agenda, with the speakers available during and after their talk to take questions from the delegates.
View the Agenda Here

SDC 2020 Sessions Now Available

This year's Storage Developer Conference (SDC) was by many measures, our most successful. Holding the conference virtually opened it up to a wider audience and allowed us to offer even more presentations!
There were more than 130 sessions and keynote presentations covering 18 different technology tracks including Storage Architecture, Computational Storage, Blockchain, Key Value, NVMe-oF™, Persistent Memory and much more.

ALL these presentations are now available on our SNIAVideo YouTube Channel.
Watch SDC 2020 Presentations Here
SNIA Blogs
Got questions? Our SNIA experts have got answers! Check out these recent Q&A blogs:
Featured Video

Introducing SDXI (Smart Data Acceleration Interface)

Presented by Shyamkumar Iyer, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Dell Office of CTO, Dell Richard Brunner, Principal Engineer and CTO of Server Platform Technologies, VMware
Featured Podcast

SmartNICs and SmartSSDs, the Future of Smart Acceleration

by Scott Schweitzer, Systems Architect, Xilinx Inc.
Featured Events
SNIA will again sponsor the Persistent Memory and Computational Storage Track sessions at Flash Memory Summit, and the SNIA Compute, Memory, and Storage Initiative will have a main stage presentation and a “virtual booth” featuring SNIA technical work activities. More details can be found at the Flash Memory Summit website.  
SNIA welcomes the following new member:

Mantis Technologies Co. Ltd. as a new SFF TA TWG member.
See the full list of SNIA Members here.

Nominate Your SNIA Colleagues for Recognition

Volunteers are critical to SNIA fulfilling its mission. Every year, SNIA seeks to recognize our individual volunteers and group volunteers for their extraordinary efforts through its SNIA Recognition Program.

Please take a minute to acknowledge our valuable volunteers for their efforts. The deadline to submit a nomination is November 20th.
Submit your nomination here
Upcoming Webcasts
Not Again! Data Deduplication for Storage Systems
November 10, 2020
Abhishek Rajimwale, Dell; John Kim, NVIDIA; Alex McDonald, SNIA NSF Vice Chair
Organizations inevitably store multiple copies of the same data. Users and applications store the same files over and over, intentionally or inadvertently. Developers, testers and analysts keep many similar copies of the same data. And backup programs copy the same or similar files daily, often to multiple locations or storage devices. It’s not unusual to end up with some data replicated thousands of times.

So how do we stop the duplication madness? Join this webcast where we’ll discuss how to reduce the number of copies of data that get stored, mirrored, and backed up.

Compute Everywhere: How Storage and Networking Expand the Compute Continuum
November 17, 2020
Alex McDonald, SNIA CMSI/CSTI; Steve Adams, Intel; Chipalo Street, Microsoft; Eli Tiomkin, NGD Systems

In modern analytics deployments, latency is the fatal flaw that limits the efficacy of the overall system. Solutions move at the speed of decision, and microseconds could mean the difference between success and failure against competitive offerings. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and In-Memory Analytics solutions have significantly reduced latency, but the sheer volume of data and its potential broad distribution across the globe prevents a single analytics node from efficiently harvesting and processing data. This panel discussion will feature industry experts discussing the different approaches to distributed analytics in the network and storage nodes.

How Video Analytics is Changing the Way We Store Video
December 2, 2020
Kevin Cone, Intel; Glyn Bowden, HPE; Jim Fister, The Decision Place

There is a new wave of cognitive services based on video and image analytics, leveraging the latest in machine learning and deep learning. In this webcast, we will look at some of the benefits and factors driving this adoption, as well as explore compelling projects and required components for a successful video-based cognitive service. This includes some great work in the open source community to provide methods and frameworks, some standards that are being worked on to unify the ecosystem and allow interoperability with models and architectures. Finally, we’ll cover the data required to train such models, the data source and how it needs to be treated.

Cloud Data Management & Interoperability: Why A CDMI Standard Matters
December 9, 2020
Mark Carlson, SNIA Technical Co-chair; Eric Hibbard, Chair SNIA Storage Security TWG; Alex McDonald, SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative Chair

The Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI™) International Standard is intended for application developers who are implementing cloud storage systems, and who are developing applications to manage and consume cloud storage. It documents how to access cloud storage namespaces and how to manage the data stored in these namespaces. In this webcast we’ll provide an overview of the CDMI standard and cover CDMI 2.0:
  • Support for encrypted objects
  • Delegated access control
  • General clarifications
  • Errata contributed by vendors implementing the CDMI standard
Event Schedule

Find SNIA at these events:

Flash Memory Summit – Virtual – November 10-12, 2020
SNIA Swordfish Virtual Mockathon - December 2-3, 2020 
SDC India – Virtual – December 4-5, 2020

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