Second NVM Express Plugfest, February 24-26, 2014

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UNH-IOLThe second NVM Express (NVMe) Plugfest is approaching and the UNH-IOL NVMe consortium would like to invite all members to the NVMe Plugfest. The  NVMe Plugfest will be held at the UNH-IOL facility from February 24-26, 2014 in Durham, New Hampshire. Registration information can be found at the NVMe Plugfest Registration Page. Additional information is also available at the NVMe Plugfest FAQ Page.  

Companies interested in having their products included in the UNH-IOL NVMe test bed are encouraged to contact UNH-IOL directly.

We hope you will be able to attend.

NVM Express Boot Support added to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

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Microsoft recently informed the NVMe community the Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 inbox drivers now includes Boot Support for NVMe devices in windows.

The driver, StorNVMe.sys, was designed primarily with the enterprise in mind, but is extensible and flexible enough to grow into the client space. The ability to boot from NVMe devices on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 using the Windows inbox driver requires the platform to have the appropriate BIOS support and the device is not an eDrive implementation.

NVM Express (NVMe) thanks Microsoft for their continued NVMe support in delivering capabilities customers need.

NVMe Plugfest Webinar – An Interop Event for NVMe SSDs

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UNH-IOLWith the second NVM Express  (NVMe) Plugfest approaching, the University or New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) is providing a webinar titled “NVMe Plugfest Webinar – An Interop Event for NVMe SSDs” provide information to UNH-IOL members and non-members. The session will be led by David Woolf and is designed to provide information on the upcoming Plugfest and the benefits of being a UNH-IOL member to enterprise server, storage or subsystem vendor companies developing NVMe products. The webinar takes place January 24 at 2pm (Eastern).

The topics to be discussed include:

  • The next generation of Solid-State Storage
  • Why the NVMe Plugfest is an important step in introducing NVMe SSDs to the market
  • NVMe test tools and equipment at the UNH-IOL, NVMe testing & reports
  • Tips on using IOL INTERACT software to prepare for the Plugfest
  • How to get on the NVMe Integrators List
  • Requirements for participation in the Plugfest, event logistics
  • Key benefits of membership in the UNH-IOL NVMe Testing Consortium

The free webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.

To register for the event or get additional information, visit

SC ’13 and NVM Express

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SC13-logo_1Denver, Super Computing ’13 and NVM Express! It doesn’t get much better than that. For the first time, NVM Express will be at SC ’13 and you’re invited to join us at the NVM Express booth in the Exhibitor Hall from November 18-22 at the Denver Convention Center.

Spotlighting the most advanced scientific and technical applications in the world, SC13 is one of the preeminent conferences for the HPC community. Developed to deliver higher IOPs and lower latency, NVM Express delivers the performance HPC needs, making SC ’13 the perfect venue to learn about NVM Express.

At the NVM Express booth (#3537), Intel, Mangstor and SanDisk will have product demonstrations showing the benefits of this technology.  Look forward to seeing you in Denver. 

Server Caching and NVM Express

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It’s a pretty well publicized fact that data in our world is growing at a mid boggling rate.  You could probably quote the latest statistic of how much and how fast data is growing, but the fact of the matter is that by the time you read this blog post, those statistics will be outdated.   Whether you’re a large corporation or an independent contractor, you are generating data on a daily basis.  From business transactions to personal posts on social media sites, the hardware behind our ability to access and transmit data are servers.  These machines work feverishly, 24-7, 365 days a year accessing and serving up content all across the globe.

With IT dollars a precious asset and the data increasing at an enormous rate, the battle to do more with less is on.  One of the ways that PCIe SSDs are helping to lower costs and improve efficiency is in the server environment.  It’s pretty well known that PCIe SSDs dramatically improve performance over HDDs and not only lower hardware costs, but lower power and cooling costs as well.  PCIe SSDs are having a significant impact on server caching.  PCIe SSDs enabled with NVM Express (NVMe) will provide even greater performance for the server caching environment.   NVMe reduces overhead  and lowers latency, with an optimized register interface and command sets.  This optimization allows for faster access to data. NVMe benefits also include scalability, end to end data protection, and lowers power consumption. 

In an era of doing more with less, emphasis is being placed on how to improve PCIe SSD performance to the highest degree in servers.  NVMe technology reduces unnecessary overhead within the server caching space as well as helps to reduce TCO.

First Official FreeBSD Release with NVM Express Support Available!

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For FreeBSD users looking for NVM Express support, we are pleased to communicate the availability of FreeBSD 9.2. Announced by the FreeBSD Release Engineering Team, this is the first official FreeBSD release with NVM Express support. Additional information on the FreeBSD 9.2 release is located at

As an organization, NVM Express is excited to add the FreeBSD driver to the growing list of drivers supporting NVM Express and congratulate the FreeBSD members on achieving this release.

About FreeBSD — FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for modern server, desktop, and embedded computer platforms. FreeBSD’s code base has undergone over thirty years of continuous development, improvement, and optimization. It is developed and maintained by a large team of individuals. FreeBSD provides advanced networking, impressive security features, and world class performance and is used by some of the world’s busiest web sites and most pervasive embedded networking and storage devices.

Why NVM Express in 3 Minutes…

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UTHLooking for a quick explanation of NVM Express? In 3 minutes, Intel’s Amber Huffman, the chair of the NVM Express Workgroup, explains why Datacenter customers should adopt NVM Express (NVMe) in a short video as part of the Under the Hood series.  Amber explains how using SSDs as a drop-in replacement with legacy interfaces like SATA and SAS limits the performance you could be getting from your storage investments.Under the hood  Built from the ground up for current and future generations of Non-Volatile Memory, NVMe brings lower latency and Total Cost of Ownership while delivering higher IOPs to PCIe Solid-State Drives.  Future proof your Datacenter for the NVM of today and tomorrow by adopting NVM Express.  Check out the video at

NVM Express at Open Server Summit

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Looking to get the latest about NVM Express? Open Server Summit, “The Only Event Aimed Specifically at the Server Community,” provides another opportunity to learn about NVM Express. The session titled NVM Express: Bringing PCIe Speed to SSDs is led by Intel’s David Akerson, PLX’s Akber Kazmi and SanDisk’s Mike James. The session is Wednesday, October 23 from 8:30-9:45. Open Server Summit 2013 takes place October 22-24 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Hope to see you there. 

Another great article about NVM Express

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nvm_express_colorNVM Express (NVMe) continues to get attention after the Intel Developers Forum concluded with a great article from Demartek’s Dennis Martin. For the latest on NVMe and how it saves time and improves overall system performance, check out the publication at

Who wouldn’t want a reduction in overhead by 50% in their system?  The NVMe team thinks improving performance and lowering latency is pretty important and we think you will agree too.


The America’s Cup and NVM Express

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1_fullTaking a break from IDF, I had the opportunity to walk down to San Francisco Bay and had the fortune of seeing the Oracle Team USA America’s Cup boat cross my bow. For someone who grew up racing sailboats, I was awestruck at the catamarans size and the technology incorporated in the America’s Cup 72(AC72). As a gust of wind made Oracle’s speed jump, I thought “Wow, a lot of changes since the days of 12 meter boats, such as Australia III and Stars & Stripes!”

 CUP-capsizeThe new AC72 is built for speed and power. During the summer, Emirates Team New Zealand established a top speed for the AC72 hitting 44.15 knots, or 50.8 mph, on San Francisco Bay.  Throw in a second boat moving at a similar speed and the results can be pretty exciting to watch. On average, the boats top race speeds are consistently hitting 40 knots, about 46 mph. That’s four times faster than the average top speed of the 2007 America’s Cup boats.

AC72Gone are the days of monohulls, winged keels, fiberglass, Kevlar sails and aluminum masts. To deliver the performance these boats are capable of, they have embraced new technology, such as foils, carbon fiber, titanium, sails similar to an airplane wing and electronic sensors. For the America’s Cup race teams, adopting new technology is critical to provide a performance advantage.

So what does this have to do with NVM Express (NVMe)? As I watched Oracle speed away, it got me thinking about NVMe. Similar to the AC72, NVMe is designed to deliver speed and power. In this case, the full performance a PCIe SSD is capable of. In comparison, SATA and SAS are the 2007 America’s Cup boats, fast for their time, but limited by their technology. So the question for you is, to take your performance to a new level, isn’t it time to embrace NVM Express?