|[September 03, 2014]
NVM Express Organization Initiates "NVM Express over Fabrics" Effort; NVMe Specification Revision 1.2 Approaching Ratification
WAKEFIELD, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
Express, Inc., the organization that developed the NVM Express
specification for accessing solid-state drives (SSDs) on a PCI (News - Alert) Express
(PCIe) bus, today announced that it has initiated an effort to specify a
standard for NVM Express over Fabrics. This extends the benefits of NVM
Express (NVMe) to usages with hundreds of solid state drives where using
a fabric as an attach point is more appropriate than using PCI Express,
as in flash appliances that use fabrics such as Ethernet with RDMA,
InfiniBand® and Intel (News - Alert)® Omni Scale Fabric.
The organization also announced that Revision 1.2 of the NVM Express
Specification is in the final stages of ratification.
Delivering application-focused performance for data-intensive workloads,
such as real-time data analytics, NVM Express over Fabrics enables
end-users to connect remote subsystems with a flash appliance to achieve
faster application response times and better scalability across virtual
data centers. While the ability to access remote solid state drives over
fabrics exists today, typically a SCSI-based protocol is used. This
results in increased latency. By using NVMe end-to-end, the
latency-contributing SCSI translation is eliminated, resulting in faster
access to data. This provides end-users with the ability to harness the
performance of hundreds of solid state drives, achieving similar latency
whether the SSDs are local or remote.
An early prototype of NVM Express over Fabrics will be demonstrated at
the Intel Developers Forum, September 9-11 in San Francisco. This
demonstration showcases the performance and latency benefits for a flash
ppliance attached via Ethernet with RDMA.
"NVM Express has redefined the standard for performance of
next-generation flash storage devices. EMC (News - Alert) is working to deliver
industry-leading NVMe solutions to the market, including the
breakthrough DSSD™ storage system," said Mike Shapiro, Vice President,
Software Engineering of DSSD, EMC Corporation (News - Alert) and a co-author of the
NVMe over Fabrics specification. "As part of that effort, EMC is pleased
to be a core contributor to the definition of NVMe over Fabrics, the new
NVM Express standard for sharing next-generation flash storage in an
RDMA-capable fabric. NVMe over Fabrics is a key technology to enable the
next generation of EMC® storage to deliver unprecedented
performance to the Third Platform of IT applications."
The demonstration can be seen at the Intel Developers Forum at the Intel
booth, #173, in the NVM Express Community.
NVM Express 1.2 Specification
NVM Express, Inc. is in the final stages of ratifying the NVM Express
1.2 specification, extending the specification to a new level of
enterprise and client functionality. NVMe is the preeminent
high-performance standard for enterprise and client non-volatile memory
based storage solutions, such as PCIe solid state drives.
The NVMe 1.2 specification adds features for both enterprise and client
systems. For client systems, the NVMe 1.2 specification enables better
power management, and other mobile-oriented capabilities, such as a
feature that enables SSDs with less or no DRAM, reducing system costs.
These features are especially important in the expanding small form
factor computing segment. For enterprises, the NVMe 1.2 specification
enhances status reporting and expands capabilities including live
The NVM Express 1.2 specification will be available for download in the
fourth quarter of 2014 at http://www.nvmexpress.org.
About NVM Express
NVM Express is the optimized, high performance, scalable host controller
interface with a streamlined register interface and command set designed
for NVM based storage. NVM Express was developed to reduce latency and
provide faster performance with support for security and end-to-end data
protection. The first NVM Express products began shipping in 2014 and
have demonstrated up to six times greater performance and lower latency
than SATA solid state drives. NVM Express specifications are owned by
NVM Express, Inc.
About NVM Express, Inc.
NVM Express, Inc., the NVM Express organization, was formed as the NVM
Express Work Group to define a new storage interface protocol, NVM
Express, to enable the full performance potential provided by
non-volatile memory storage technology, such as PCI Express solid state
drives, in a standards-based approach to enable broad ecosystem adoption.
Organizations interested in participating in the development and
promotion of NVM Express are invited to become Contributors to NVM
Express, Inc. Additional information is located at www.nvmexpress.org.
NVM Express is a trademark of NVM Express, Inc. All other trademarks
mentioned are the property of their respective owners.
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