Networked Storage

This focus area deals with data access protocols and various networking technologies for storage. The SNIA Networking Storage Forum (NSF) drives the broad adoption and awareness of storage networking solutions. This expert community covers topics as diverse as block (FC, iSCSI, NVMe-oF), file (SMB, NFS), object network storage, as well as virtualized and hyperconverged solutions … and more. We accomplish our mission by delivering webcasts, publishing white papers and articles in trade journals, actively blogging, and leveraging social media to promote networked storage.

SmartNICs to xPUs: Why is the Use of Accelerators Accelerating?  

As applications continue to increase in complexity and users demand more from their workloads, there is a trend to again 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. How are these different than GPU, TPU, CPU? xPUs accelerate and offload functions including math, networking, storage, cryptography, security, and management. This webcast covers key topics about, and clarify questions surrounding, xPUs.

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