How to Benchmark SSDs with FIO Visualizer

Written by Judith Vanderkay on . Posted in Blog

There are two proven software tools commonly used for IO benchmarks – Iometer (http://www.iometer.org/) for Windows and FIO (http://freecode.com/projects/fio) for Linux OS. 

What is FIO Visualizer? It’s a GUI for the FIO. It parses console output in real-time, displays visual details for IOPS, bandwidth and latency of each device’s workload. This is a valuable tool for benchmarking NVMe SSDs.

Learn all the details and how to get started here.

– written by Andrey Kudryavtsev, Solutions Architect, Intel

NVMe Plugfest Webinar – An Interop Event for NVMe SSDs, May 7, 1 p.m. EST

Written by Judith Vanderkay on . Posted in Blog

Join David Woolf, head of the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory’s (UNH-IOL) NVMe Consortium, for an informative webinar about NVMe Testing and the fourth NVM Express Interoperability Plugfest coming up June 8-11, 2015. The plugfest is an opportunity for NVMe implementers to test the interoperability of their products.

When: Thursday, May 7, 2015

Time: 1-2 p.m. EST

Use Event Password “nvme” to sign up for the webinar! 

Register Now!

Who should attend?

  • Are you developing NVMe products? We welcome you to join the webinar to help you make an informed decision about NVMe testing, test tools, and the NVMe Integrator’s List.
  • Users of IOL INTERACT tools will gain knowledge about updates for the tools.
  • Anyone with a product currently listed on the NVMe Integrator’s List.

Topics Covered:

  • NVMe test tools and equipment at the UNH-IOL, NVMe testing, and reports.
  • Why the fourth NVMe Plugfest is an important step in introducing NVMe SSDs to the market.
  • Requirements for participation in the Plugfest, and event logistics.
  • Tips on using IOL INTERACT software to prepare for the Plugfest.
  • How to be listed on the NVMe Integrator’s List.
  • Q&A on NVMe Consortium membership process and the NVMe Plugfest.

Questions?
Contact Suzanne Snow, UNH-IOL Marketing and Communications Manager.

Where is NVMe Going in 2015? Learn in 3 Minutes.

Written by NVMeBMaster on . Posted in Blog

There are several exciting new developments in NVMe. In 2015, NVMe will be coming to client systems, delivering great performance at the low power levels required in 2-in-1s and tablets. The NVM Express Workgroup is also developing “NVMe over Fabrics,” which brings the benefits of NVMe across the data center and cloud over fabrics like Ethernet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand*, and OmniPath* Architecture.

Amber Huffman, NVM Express President, explains the latest developments in NVMe in this three-minute video.

NVM Express Comes to the Client – New Levels of Performance for Gaming and Other Enthusiasts!

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We’re very excited to see NVMe being introduced into the client. Intel just launched the 750 Series SSD, which utilizes four lanes of PCIe Gen3 to deliver the highest levels of storage performance the client PC has ever seen. Check out what a few reviewers are saying:

  • “There’s not much else to say. NVMe seems to have achieved its goal of making PCIe drives just as painless as their SATA peers. We had no issues with installation or testing. No bugs, no glitches, no failed boots.” Digital Trends
  • “When I first created these charts, I spent a few minutes making sure I had not entered the wrong data. This is just downright embarrassing for the rest of the field.” PC Perspective 

OEMs are ensuring that end users can take advantage of the performance of NVMe. Check out these announcements from Asus, MSI and Gigabyte:

Asus launches Sabertooth TUF X99 motherboard with bootable support for NVMe SSDs, details here.
MSI announces support for NVMe SSDs, details here.
Gigabyte announces a new BIOS with support for NVMe SSDs, details here

Get ready for NVMe – as this is just the beginning of what is to come in 2015.

NVMe Basic Management Command

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The NVM Express Management Interface (NVMe-MI) Workgroup has released a technical note that describes an out-of-band management command for NVMe devices that utilizes an SMBus Block Read operation. This command provides a standardized method of performing basic inventorying and health status polling of NVMe devices.

The NVMe-MI workgroup is standardizing a comprehensive management architecture that builds on top of the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) Management Component Transport Protocol (MCTP) and allows out-of-band management of an NVMe device over SMBus and over PCIe using Vendor Defined Messages. The NVMe-MI 1.0 specification is expected to be completed later this year and allows a management controller to both monitor the status of an NVMe device as well as configure its state. This enables advanced features such as out-of-band firmware updates.

Prior to completion and public availability of the NVMe-MI 1.0 specification, we have received feedback that a standardized method is needed by the industry to poll an NVMe device for basic health status information and which only requires SMBus slave support. The intent of the technical note is to publicly release a standardized approach for such a capability.

The technical note is available at http://nvmexpress.org/specifications/.

Peter Onufryk
NVMe-MI Workgroup Chair

ChromeOS adds boot support for NVM Express

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2000px-Google_Chrome_2011_Logo_svg_ ChromeOS devices are known for their fast boot support through a combination of an open source coreboot bootloader and its associated payload called depthcharge. This week, the ChromeOS depthcharge firmware has added boot driver support for NVM Express SSDs. Check it out at Google’s source repository here. We are excited to see infrastructure expanding to support ChromeOS, enabling future mobile platforms to support the benefits of NVM Express!

Jason Akers, Software Architect, Intel Corporation

Webinar Invitation: NVM Express Infrastructure – Exploring Data Center PCIe Topologies

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On January 29, 2015 NVM Express™, Inc. is holding a webinar, NVM Express Infrastructure – Exploring Data Center PCIe Topologies at 12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. This one hour webinar covers how and why to deploy NVM Express (NVMe™) solid-state drives in the data center, and explores available PCI Express SSD topologies, form factors, and interconnects. Learn what it takes to bring high performance PCIe SSDs into the mainstream with NVMe, and discover the value it delivers to the data center with an efficient protocol, the scalability and flexibility of PCIe, and a standard ecosystem for software, drivers, and management. The presentation will be led by Intel’s Jonmichael Hands and PMC’s Peter Onufryk. 

Registration is free and accessed at https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/12367/141221.

Hope you can join! – NVM Express, Inc.

Open Fabrics Alliance NVM Express Window driver 1.4 Released December 8, 2014

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NVM Express in is pleased to announce the 1.4 release of the open source Open Fabrics Alliance (OFA) NVM Express Windows driver. This release is a result of an excellent collaboration between the NVM Express communities.

The following features have been added to this release:

  • Pass Windows Hardware Certification Kit (HCK) and WHQL
  • Hot plug / swap support • Migrate to VS 2013/WDK 8.1
  • WPP Tracing / WMI processing support • Format NVM enhancement
  • Bus reset enhancement
  • Several bug fixes

The 1.4 release package may be downloaded at https://svn.openfabrics.org/svnrepo/nvmewin/releases/revision_1.4.

You can participate in the development of the OFA NVM Express Windows driver by joining the mailing list at nvmewin@lists.openfabrics.org. To subscribe to the OFA NVM Express Windows driver mailing list, please visit http://lists.openfabrics.org/mailman/listinfo/nvmewin.

Thanks to Intel, Seagate, HGST, Samsung, PMC-Sierra and others who contribute to the successful 1.4 release. Looking forward to working with you all again on future releases.

Kwok Kong, PCM