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PCIe SSD consortium, product test lab created

University led group of vendors like Dell, EMC Intel and Oracle aims to ensure interoperability of NVMe-compliant SSDs

The University of New Hampshire (UNH) is forming a consortium charged with developing an interoperability test suite for Non-Volatile Memory Express Consortium (NVMe) PCIe-based solid-state devices (SSDs).

The NVMe specification was developed by a cooperative of than 80 companies and released in March of 2011.

Version 1.0 of the NVMe spec defines an optimized register interface, command set and feature set for PCIe SSDs utilized in both enterprise and client systems. The NVMe specification is the only interface specification optimized for PCIe SSDs that has been released and is publicly available.

UNH's InterOperability Laboratory, an independent testing and standards organization for networking and storage technology, said the consortium's founding members include Dell, EMC, IDT, Intel, LSI Corporation, NetApp, Oracle and SanDisk.

The NVMe Consortium will focus on developing an interoperability test suite for PCIe SSD and their supporting software.

"NVMe is focused on delivering an open architecture with unparalleled performance and scalability. This will enable everyone involved in the development of NVMe-based products to deliver solutions that meet customers' expectations of dependability, reliability and interoperability," said Don Walker, a systems architect in Dell's Office of the CTO, in a statement.

The UNH laboratory expects to provide a vendor neutral location for consortium members to test the conformance of their products to the NVMe specification and to test interoperability of motherboards and drives utilizing the standard interface with other members.

Subsystem vendors interested in joining the NVMe Consortium can contact David Woolf at david@iol.unh.edu.

Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at @lucasmearian, or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed. His e-mail address is lmearian@computerworld.com.


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