September 2020 Issue

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SNIA Welcomes DMTF to the SNIA Technology Center

DMTF has announced its Redfish® Interoperability Lab is being hosted at the SNIA Technology Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Redfish Interoperability Lab allows Redfish Forum members to submit equipment to be made available for interoperability testing. Michael Oros, Executive Director, SNIA said, “We welcome DMTF, our strategic alliance partner, to the SNIA Technology Center. The SNIA Swordfish™ specification is an extension of the DMTF Redfish specification, and having the Redfish Interoperability Lab co-located with SNIA’s SM Lab provides developers from both organizations the opportunity to ensure Redfish and Swordfish work seamlessly across multi-vendor implementations.”

New Computational Storage Architecture and Programming Model

A new version of the Computational Storage Architecture and Programming Model is now out for public review.  This updated version incorporates added Computational Storage Technical Working Group (TWG) efforts to drive standard terminology and direction of this innovative technology. Also Included are updates per previous public reviews and, most importantly, new Illustrative examples of use models for deploying solutions. It is great to see the continued work of so many companies - now at 46 - from the SNIA membership. Next up is a release of v1.0 to come in early 2021, and ongoing work with NVM Express via their liaison agreement on defining the technical implementation with that interface. Stay tuned for more, and if you have not already, join the effort!​

New Parallel Traces Added to the SNIA IOTTA Repository

Two large sets of parallel traces have recently been added to the SNIA IOTTA Repository. These traces were collected upon the cloud servers of Tencent Holdings Ltd.
One set contains accesses to photo files; it comprises 5.7 billion records over a period of 8 days.  These traces were used for the paper, “Demystifying Cache Policies for Photo Stores at Scale: A Tencent Case Study.” 
The other set is of accesses at the block level, with 33.6 billion records over 9 days.  These traces were used for the paper, “OSCA: An Online-Model Based Cache Allocation Scheme in Cloud Block Storage Systems.”
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 Swordfishv1.2.1 Supporting NVMe and NVMe-oF is Now a Working Draft

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 is now available as a Working Draft available for your review here. This version adds support for NVMe and NVMe-oF. It also 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. This release is done in conjunction with the DMTF Redfish® Forum 2020.3 release of the Redfish specification.

Geek Out on Storage Management

It’s time for the next installment in SNIA’s Geek Out on Storage campaign, currently focused on “Storage Management for an Increasingly Virtualized World.” In this series, we’re bringing you up-to-speed on SNIA’s Swordfish specification, which was SNIA’s most downloaded specification in the month of July!
Watch the latest featured video titled “Accelerate Development of SNIA Swordfish” and learn about several open source tools already available in open repositories to help speed your Swordfish implementation.
Geek Out Here
Storage Developer Conference (SDC)

SDC 2020 Begins in Less Than 3 Weeks!

Taking place virtually on September 22-23, 2020, SNIA's Storage Developer Conference (SDC) will bring the global storage developer community together to collaborate and network through the sharing of ideas, industry developments and best practices.

The SDC 2020 agenda is jam-packed with over 130 sessions on topics including NVMe, Computational Storage, Blockchain, Persistent Memory, Storage Architecture, and much more. 
Register Here for $95

SDC Persistent Memory Programming Bootcamp

A special highlight of SDC 2020 is the Persistent Memory Programming Bootcamp, where attendees can take a deep dive into real-world programming based on SNIA’s NVM Programming Model. After a Monday tutorial session that can be accessed later as well, participants can program a variety of persistent memory code examples in a cloud environment, develop simple applications, and receive coaching along the way. A Zoom Birds-of-a-Feather on Tuesday September 22nd will be the perfect venue for discussion and live Q&A.   
Learn More About the Bootcamp Here

SDC 2020 Sponsors

A special thanks to our many great sponsors this year. Their support enables us to deliver the best technical content for a low registration fee of $95.  A limited number of sponsorships for SDC 2020 still exist. Learn about sponsorship opportunities here.
Featured Video

Enterprise and Data Center SSD Form Factor - the End of the 2.5-inch Disk Era?

A panel discussion with Jonmichael Hands, Intel and co-chair of the SNIA SSD SIG; Bill Lynn, Dell; Ross Stenfort, Facebook; Paul Kaler, HPE; John Geldman, Kioxia; Jonathan Hinkle, Lenovo/JEDEC; Jason Adrian, Microsoft
Featured Podcast

NVMe based Video and Storage solutions for Edged based Computational Storage 

by John Plasterer, Principal Engineer and Chief Architect, NETINT Technologies
SNIA welcomes the following new members:

University of Denver, University College joined as a SNIA Educational Institution member.

Applied Optoelectronics joined as an SFF TA TWG member
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.

Annual Members Meeting October 22nd

SNIA members are encouraged to attend the 2020 Annual Members Meeting on October 22, 2020, 8:00 – 9:00 am PT. Join the SNIA Board, Chair, Treasurer, and Executive Director for an update on the organization’s vision, mission, technical and initiative/forum work, financial health, and strategy for the future of SNIA and the storage industry.
Voting Member Company Representatives are specifically requested to dial–in or arrange for a proxy company representative (quorum required). Members should be on the lookout for details.
Upcoming Webcasts
RAID on CPU: RAID for NVMe SSDs without a RAID Controller Card
September 9, 2020
Fausto Vaninetti, Cisco and SNIA EMEA Board Advisor; Igor Konopko, Intel; Paul Talbut, SNIA EMEA
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 SSDs to PCIe lanes and make RAID arrays using those SSDs 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.
Composable Infrastructure and Computational Storage
September 15, 2020
Eli Tiomkin, NGD Systems; Philip Kufeldt, Seagate Technology; Alex McDonald, NetApp
In this webcast, SNIA experts will discuss what composable infrastructure is, what prompted its development, solutions, enabling technologies, standards/products and where computational storage fits in.

Optimizing NVMe over Fabrics Performance with Different Ethernet Transports: Host Factors
September 16, 2020
Fred Zhang, Intel; Eden Kim, Calypso Systems; David Woolf, UNH-IOL; Tom Friend, Illuminosi
NVMe over Fabrics technology is gaining momentum and getting more traction in data centers, but there are three kinds of Ethernet based NVMe over Fabrics transports: iWARP, RoCEv2 and TCP. How do we optimize NVMe over Fabrics performance with different Ethernet transports?
This discussion won’t tell you which transport is the best. Instead we unfold the performance of each transport and tell you what it would take for each transport to get the best performance, so that you can make the best choice for your transport for NVMe over Fabrics solutions.

Using Data Literacy to Drive Insight
September 17, 2020
Glyn Bowden, HPE; Jim Fister, The Decision Place
Having access to data does not automatically grant the knowledge of how to interpret that data or the ability to derive insight. It is even challenging to judge the accuracy or value in that data. The skill required is known as data literacy, and in this presentation we will look at how access to one data source will inevitably drive the need to access more. We will examine:
  • How data literacy is defined by the ability to interpret and apply context
  • What supporting information is needed
  • How a data scientist approaches new data sources and the questions they ask of it
  • How to seek out supporting or challenging data to validate its accuracy and value for providing insight
  • How this impacts underlying information systems and how data platforms need to adjust to this purpose+ data eco-system where data sources are no longer single use
Technology Implications of Internet of Payments
October 14, 2020
Glyn Bowden, HPE; Richard George, Health Life Prosperity Shared Ltd; Jim Fister, The Decision Place
Internet of Payments (IoP) enables payment processing over many kinds of IoT devices and has also led to the emergence of the micro-transaction. The growth of independent payment services offering e-commerce solutions, such as Square, and the entry of new ways to pay, such as Apple Pay, mean that a variety of devices and technologies also have come into wide use.

In this webcast, we look at the impact of IoP across multiple use cases and how it impacts not only the consumers driving this behavior but also the underlying infrastructure that supports and enables it. We will discuss:
  • The cloud network, applications and storage implications of IoP
  • Use of emerging blockchain capabilities for payment histories and smart contracts
  • Identity and security challenges at the device in addition to point of payment
  • Considerations on architecting IoP solutions for future scale
Event Schedule

Find SNIA at these events:

Storage Developer Conference – Virtual – September 22-23, 2020
Persistent Memory in Real Life (PIRL) – Virtual – October 9-30, 2020
SNIA Annual Members Meeting – Conference Call – October 22, 2020
Flash Memory Summit – Virtual – November 10-12, 2020
SDC India – Virtual – December 4-5, 2020

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