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    Help Develop Next Generation SSDs and Win Cool Stuff!

    April 30th, 2014

    The SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative (SNIA SSSI) is working to better understand disk drive use in everyday computer actions. You can help by participating in our Workload I/O Capture Project – WIOCP – and get rewarded!


    The WIOCP captures I/O statistics unobtrusively and without compromising your PC’s performance. No personal data or content is captured – only statistics on the types of data transfers that occur.  This helps the SNIA SSSI and the industry understand what actually takes place with your drive when you use your PC.


    Collecting I/O statistics helps computer scientists determine the type of workloads your drive is experiencing.  By capturing statistics from a large number of computer users, designers can optimize both the drive and the host computer system to improve your overall computing experience.  You can be a part of history!


    Participate NOW and return one set of statistics to qualify to win a $10 Amazon gift card and to be  entered in a drawing for a free Intel 120GB SSD.  Submit more sets and increase your chance of winning a SSD!


    Go to http://www.snia.org/forums/sssi/wiocp for a FAQ and details on participating.  And see results at http://iotta.snia.org/

    Your Chance to Learn about PCIe Storage Protocol Analysis Test and Connectivity Tools and How to Hear On-demand The Latest on NVDIMM

    December 6th, 2013

    Join the SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative for an Open SSSI PCIe SSD Committee call

    Who:  John Weidemier, Teledyne LeCroy

    What:  PCIe storage protocol analysis test and connectivity tools

    When:  Monday December 9, 2013 at  4:00 PM PST

    Where:   via WebEx. at http://snia.webex.com Meeting Number: 792 152 928 password: sssipcie  and by dialing in to teleconference: 1-866-439-4480 Passcode: 57236696#

    Why:  This OPEN call is an invitation to non SSSI Members to learn more about the exciting work of the PCIe Solid State Drive Committee and 2014 activities of the SSSI.

    And, the great NVDIMM talk given on 12/5/13 as part of the BrightTALK Enterprise Storage Summit is now available for on-demand viewing! The session ranked 4.8 out of a 5.0 for quality technical content featuring information on a wide number of vendors who are creating NVDIMM products and solutions.

    Click on this link  https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/663/95329.

    Learn about NVDIMM in BrightTalk’s Enterprise Storage Summit

    December 3rd, 2013

    If 2013 was the year of software-defined everything, of everything-as-a-service, and big data – what’s on the horizon for storage in 2014? What do we still need to know about the innovations of this year? What hard realities have been missing from the hype? In the  Enterprise Storage Summit, https://www.brighttalk.com/summit/2271, a bi-annual event from BrightTALK, top thought leaders from all over the globe gather to share their insights into one of the most difficult areas of IT infrastructure and shed light on some of the most crucial topics facing enterprises today, including backup/recovery, hardware innovations, continued transition to cloud storage and the implications of big data.

    On December 5 at 9:00 am Pacific/12:00 noon Eastern, learn how Non-Volatile DIMMs, or NVDIMMs, provide a persistent memory solution with the endurance and performance of DRAM coupled with the non-volatility of Flash. This webinar, presented by Jeff Chang of AgigaTech, will provide a general overview of this emerging technology and why the industry is starting to take notice.

    You will learn what an NVDIMM is, how it works, where it fits and why every system architect should consider them for their next generation enterprise server and storage designs.

    Join this summit with other smart people from around the world to participate in live events and ask your questions. Register at https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/663/95329 to attend live or be notified of on-demand viewing.


    Participate in the SSD Features Rating Project!

    October 21st, 2013

    The SSSI has launched the SSD Features Rating project – intended to provide a better understanding of what users expect of their SSDs.

    Understanding which attributes are most important in applications will help SSD manufacturers to design products more suitable for those applications, and will provide guidance to users looking for the best SSD for their application.

    The first step of the project  is a survey which asks SSD users to rate the importance of various SSD attributes/features.  SSSI plans to announce the results of the survey at the Storage Visions conference on January 5-6, 2014.

    The survey is now open and will close on November 28.  Survey results will be posted on this page after the conference.

    Join our LinkedIn Group:  SSDs – What’s Important to You? to contribute to the discussion!

    Please take the survey at  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LGWKWJL

    New Solid State Storage Performance Test Specification Available for Public Review

    July 9th, 2013

    A new revision of the Enterprise Solid State Storage Performance Test Specification (PTS–E 1.1) is now available for public review. The PTS is an industry standard test methodology and test suite for the comparison of SSD performance at the device level. The PTS–E 1.1 updates the PTS–E 1.0 released in 2011 and adds tests with specific types of workloads common in the enterprise environment. The PTS–E 1.1 may be downloaded at http://www.snia.org/publicreview.

    “The PTS–Enterprise v1.1 provides both standard testing (IOPS, Throughput, Latency, and Write Saturation) as well as new tests for specific workloads commonly found in Enterprise environments,” said Eden Kim, Chair of the SSS Technical Work Group. “These new tests also allow the user to insert workloads into the new tests while maintaining the industry standard methodology for pre conditioning and steady state determination.”

    The new tests target workloads common to OLPT, VOD, VM, and other enterprise applications while paying special attention to the optimization of drives for varying demand intensity, maximum IOPS and minimal response times and latencies.

    For more information, visit www.snia.org/forums/sssi

    How Many IOPS Is Enough?

    May 22nd, 2013

    SNIA’s SSSI channel webcast of “How Many IOPS Is Enough?” was a smash success!  Now you can listen to an on demand rebroadcast.

    Even though there are lots of SSDs on the market today offering IOPS (I/Os Per Second) performance in the thousands to hundreds of thousands (with indications that future models will offer speeds in the million-IOPS range), and HDDs that support from tens to hundreds of IOPS depending on spindle speed and interface, not every application can use the extreme performance of high-end SSDs, and some may not benefit from high IOPS at all.

    Since performance is tied to cost, users can save money if they understand how many IOPS the system really needs.  “How Many IOPS is Enough?” draws from the recent study by Coughlin Associates and Objective Analysis that examined what makes an application require high IOPS and which profiled applications according to their needs.

    In the webcast, you will also learn how to take part in an exciting SSSI project – the Workload I/O Capture Program, or WIOCP, a simple tool that captures software applications’ I/O activity by gathering statistics on workloads at the user level (IOPS, MB/s, response times queue depths, etc).  The WIOCP helps users to identify “Hot Spots” where storage performance is creating bottlenecks. SNIA SSSI hopes that users will help the association to collect real-use statistics on workloads by uploading their results to the SNIA website. Details on WIOCP can be found at tinyurl.com/tryWIOCP.

    Reaching Nirvana? Maybe Not, But You Can Help In Better Understanding SSD and HDD Performance via SNIA’s Workload I/O Capture Program

    March 25th, 2013

    SNIA’s Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) recently rolled out its new Workload I/O Capture Program, or WIOCP, a simple tool that captures software applications’ I/O activity by gathering statistics on workloads at the user level (IOPS, MB/s, response times queue depths, etc).  The WIOCP helps users to identify “Hot Spots” where storage performance is creating bottlenecks. SNIA SSSI hopes that users will help the association to collect real-use statistics on workloads by uploading their results to the SNIA website.

    How it works
    The WIOCP software is a safe and thoroughly-tested tool which runs unobtrusively in the background to constantly capture a large set of SSD and HDD I/O metrics that are useful to both the computer user and to SNIA. Users simply enter the drive letters for those drives for which I/O operations metrics are to be collected. The program does not record anything that might be sensitive, including details of your actual workload (for example, files you’ve accessed.) Results are presented in clear and accessible report formats.

    How would the WIOCP help me as a user of computer systems?
    Our upcoming white paper gives many reasons why you would want to download and run the WIOCP.  One reason is that empirical file and disk I/O operation performance metrics can be invaluable with regard to theories and claims about disk I/O performance. This is especially so when these metrics reflect the actual file and disk I/O operation activity performed by individual applications/workloads during normal usage. Moreover, such empirical I/O metrics can be instrumental in uncovering/understanding performance “bottlenecks”, determining more precise I/O performance requirements, better matching disk storage purchases to the particular workload usage/needs, and designing/optimizing various disk storage solutions.

    How can I help this project?
    by downloading and running the WIOCP you help us collect I/O metrics, which can reveal insights into the particular ways that applications actually perform and experience I/O operation activity in “real-life” use. And using this information,  SNIA member companies will be able to improve the performance of their solid state storage solution, including SSDs and flash storage arrays. Help SNIA get started on this project by clicking http://www.hyperIO.com/hIOmon/hIOmonSSSIworkloadIOcaptureProgram.htm and using the “Download Key Code” enter SSSI52kd9A8Z. The WIOCP tool will be delivered to your system with a unique digital signature. The tool only takes a few minutes to download and initialize, after which you can return to the task at hand!

    If you have any questions or comments, please contact: SSSI_TechDev-Chair@SNIA.org

    January 29 NVM Summit At the SNIA Symposium Brings Experts Together

    January 23rd, 2013

    January 29th’s Summit on Non-Volatile Memory – in San Jose, California as part of the SNIA Winter Symposium – delivers an excellent one-day, comprehensive deep-dive on all the issues you need to consider about this technology that has changed the ways that storage devices can be used.   Join 150 of your colleagues with products, strategies, or just an interest in NVM who have already signed up for this complimentary event.  Speakers from companies leading the way in NVM will offer critical insights into NVM and the future of computing in an exciting day-long agenda:

    • Keynotes from Mark Peters, Senior Analyst, ESG on the Storage Industry Landscape and David Alan Grier, President, The Computer Society on The Future of Computing with NVM Inflection Point
    • Industry Analyst Perspectives from Jeff Janukowicz, Research Director, IDC
    • Presentations from:
      • Andy Rudoff, Senior Software Engineer, Intel on the problems being solved
      • Ric Wheeler, Manager, Software Engineering, Red Hat on Linux and NVM
      • Dr. Garret Swart, Database Architect, Oracle on killer apps benefiting from this new architecture
      • Jim Pinkerton, Partner Architect, Microsoft  on design considerations when implementing NVM
      • Steven Peters, Principal Engineer, LSI  on what’s nice to have in this new stack
      • Danny Cobb, CTO, EMC on the workings of subsystem speeds and feeds
      • Kaladhar Vorguranti, Technical Director, NetApp on tools for performance modeling and measuring

    Remember, this Summit is COMPLIMENTARY to attend but you must register to guarantee your seat at www.snia.org/nvmsummit-reg.   See you there!

    SSSI Highlighting PCIe SSDs at the Storage Visions Conference

    January 3rd, 2013

    Join the SSSI at the Storage Visions Conference, January 6-7,2013 at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.  With a theme of Petabytes are the new Terabytes, the 2013 conference will explore the convergent needs of digital storage to support cloud content distribution and sharing, user- generated content capture and use, and professional media and entertainment applications.

    The SSSI booth is #6 on the Exhibit floor, and will showcase a PCIe SSD display of drives from SSSI members BitMicro, Fusion-io, IDT, Marvell, Micron, STEC, and Virident, and a live demonstration by Fusion-io.  The latest information gathered by the WIOCP Project will be presented.  Featured SSSI member speakers at Storage Visions include Jim Handy of Objective Analysis, who will examine how new storage developments are driving new storage systems with panelists Jim Pappas of Intel, Paul Wassenberg of Marvell, Mike Fitzpatrick of Toshiba, Paul Luse of Intel, and Sumit Puri of LSI; and Jim Pappas of Intel, who will moderate a panel on new frontiers in storage software with SSSI member panelists Walt Hubis of Fusion-io, Doug Voigt of HP, and Bob Beauchamp of EMC.

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    Solid State on Stage

    October 30th, 2012

    The media buzz continues on solid state storage, now a prominent feature of storage, virtualization, and developer discussions.  Reaching the ears of business is SSSI’s Marketing Committee Chair Tom Coughlin, who has a blog on Forbes.  Latest posts discuss  a new age of digital storage interfaces, many based on the PCIe computer interface, that can take advantage of the higher data rates that NAND flash-based digital storage can provide.

    Solid State Storage was featured at recent storage conferences including SNIA’s Storage Developer Conference and SNW (Storage Networking World) US and Europe.  At SNW US, Lucas Mearian of Computerworld and Jim Pappas, SNIA Board and SSSI member, discussed a sea change in the non-volatile memory (NVM) market over the next five years, with more dense and reliable technologies challenging dominant NAND flash memory now used in solid-state drives (SSD) and embedded in mobile products.  Mearian’s article is here.

    At Powering the Cloud – SNW Europe, Randy Kerns of the SNIA member Evaluator Group led a spotlight session on Solid State Storage and Its Impact on the Environment, with presentations from SSSI members Kim Gardner of STEC and David Dale of NetApp.

    SNIA and the Solid State Storage Initiative urge you to get involved in fast-developing SSSI activities in PCIe and NVM.  Visit our website at http://www.snia.org/forums/sssi or email asksssi@snia.org