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Computational Storage

The SNIA Computational Storage Technical Work Group (TWG)  has been formed to create standards to promote the interoperabiity of computational storage devices, and to define interface standards for system deployment, provisioning, management, and security.  This will enable storage architectures and software to be integrated with computation in its many forms.  

The Computational Storage TWG: 

  • Acts as a primary technical entity for the SNIA to identify, develop, and coordinate computational features to be added to storage devices.
  • Produces or extends interfaces to accommodate new features.
  • Promotes interoperability (for example plugfests) among devices and systems implementing a new computational storage feature.
  • Coordinates the submission of new feature proposals to standards groups (e.g., NVM Express, T10, and T13).
  • Creates software to encourage adoption of these updated features.
  • Will assist and cooperate with other SNIA Technical Work Groups, including the Security, Object Drive, and Scalable Storage Management TWGs, in their efforts to incorporate or manage these features, and will consider leveraging other SNIA TWG and Alliance partner work

The industry is seeing an increase in customer requirements to move compute closer to traditional storage devices and systems.  In response, a growing number of data-driven applications have demonstrated that adding computation to the normal storage features of devices and systems can realize a significant performance and infrastructure scaling advantage. Computational Storage solutions typically target applications where the demand to process ever-growing storage workloads is outpacing traditional compute server architectures. These applications include AI, big data, content delivery, database, machine learning and many others that are used industry-wide. 

Founding members of the SNIA Computational Storage TWG include Arm, Eideticom, Inspur, Lenovo, Micron Technology, NetApp, NGD Systems, Nyriad, Samsung Electronics, ScaleFlux, SK hynix, Western Digital Corporation, and Xilinx.  

For more information, read the Press Release.

SSI Forum

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Nr Document Type Name Description
1 Specifications SSI_MezzanineSpecification_1.0.1 SSI Compute Blade Mezzanine Specification
2 Specifications SSI_ComputeBladeSpec_1.0.1 SSI Compute Blade Specification
3 Specifications SSI ChassisManagementModule_1.0.2 SSI Chassis Management Module (CMM) Specification
4 Specifications SSI_ExternalMgmtSpecification(Dashboard)_1.0.1 SSI External Management Specification (Dashboard)   
5 Specifications BaseSpec_IO_Expansion_Card_v2.41 Blade Server Base Specification for I/O Expansion Cards
6 Specifications BaseSpecBladev2.41 Blade Server Base Specification for Processor Blade Subsystems
7 Specifications BaseSpecSERDESv2.45 Blade Server Base Specification and Design Guide for SERDES High-Speed Electrical Signaling
8 Specifications BaseSpecSwitchv2.45 Blade Server Base Specification for Switch Module Subsystems
9 Specifications BaseSpecVPDv2.45 Blade Server Base Specification for Vital Product Data (VPD)
10 Specifications SSI_uModuleServer_Specification _1.0.1 SSI Specification Micro Module Server
11 Specifications SSI_MidplaneDesignGuide_1.0.2 SSI Ethernet Midplane Design Guide
12 Specifications SSI_MidplaneElectricalSpecification_1.0.1 SSI Midplane Electrical Specification
13 Specifications SSI PSDG 2008 Version 1.2.1 Power Supply Design Guideline for 2008 Dual-socket Servers and Workstations
14 Specifications SSI EEB 2008 1.0.1 Enterprise Electronics Bay Specification for 2008 Dual-Socket Servers and Workstations
15 Specifications SSI EEB 2011 1.0.1 Enterprise Electronics Bay Specification for 2011 Dual-Socket Servers and Workstations
16 Specifications SSI_Switch_Management_1.0.1 SSI Switch Management Specification
17 Specifications SSI_SystemManagementGuide_1.0.0 SSI System Management Guide
18 Whitepaper Serverstandardsarticle Evolving Server Architecture Challenge Standardization Efforts
19 Whitepaper SSI_Quick_View 5 11 10 Solving Blade Based server Industry Challenge
20 Whitepaper SSI_White_Paper_May_22_2010 Solving Blade Based server Industry Challenges with SSI Forum Open Standards
21 Presentation Intersect360ResearchServerStandardsv2 Standards for Server Architectures - Intersect 360 Research
22 Presentation MicroServerModulePresentation SSI Micro Module Opportunity
23 Presentation SSI Overview may 2010_Web SSI Org overview and update
24 Presentation SSI_Blade_Specification_Overview_May2010 SSI Blade Specification Technical Overview
25 Organizational Collateral Bylaws Bylaws
26 Organizational Collateral ssi_allmembership_11-19-12 SSI Membership agreement
27 Organizational Collateral ssiforum_iprpolicy Intellectual Property Policy