Back to the Storage Future with Intel’s SPDK

Rich Stroffolino gives an over of Intel’s SPDK, which includes a storage driver that bypasses the kernel for lower latency and better scaling with NVMe storage. Intel’s software approach to performance optimization perhaps signals a performance plateau based on hardware advances alone.


3 Linux Foundation networking projects that your business needs to know

The Linux Foundation is home to a lot of interesting projects. A lot of these are projects started by private companies, but moved over to the Linux Foundation to help foster a more active community and development. Keith Townsend runs down three interesting ones for IT architecture. One that he saw at Networking Field Day last week was PNDA, which is a big data analytics project that came originally from Cisco. PNDA is designed to work across data centers, a scale out approach to big data. The Data Plane Development Kit came out of Intel, and helps improve networking performance on commodity hardware. Finally, he introduces Open vSwitch, which came from VMware by way of Nicira.


Short Take – The Present Future of the Net

Tom Hollingsworth wrote up some quick thoughts from Networking Field Day. He saw Intel really pushing their 5G LTE wireless successor. PNDA really impressed Tom with their potential to change networking data analytics. Finally, VMware talked about the transition from traditional networking to one defined by microservices and application layer intelligence over dinner. Overall, sounds like Tom has a lot of food for thought!


DPDK Project Moves To The Linux Foundation

Drew Conry-Murray the Data Plane Development Kit being brought into the Linux Foundation as an official project. DPDK was originally developed by Intel before being open sourced as a way to accelerate packet processing in CPUs. Drew highlights that DPDK supports not just x86, but a variety of CPU architectures, as well as being able to run on NICs from Broadcom, Cisco, and Mellanox.


Visiting Intel with SFD 12

Howard Marks was at Storage Field Day and got to see the latest and greatest from Intel. As the current de facto CPU and chipset vendor in the data center, Howard sees them as having an immense responsibility in terms of dictating computer architecture. Luckily from what Howard saw at Intel’s presentation, they are living up to this. As an example, he goes into the applications and implication of their Storage Performance Developer Kit, as well as their recent release of the first commercial 3D XPoint.


Storage Field Day 12 – Day 3 Recap | The Partly Cloudy Blog

Adam Bergh went to first Storage Field Day this month. He wrote up a post outlining the presentations he saw at the last day of the event. SNIA and Intel gave Adam a lot of food for thought. SNIA gave an overview of its role in the industry, as well as reviewing the development of hyperscaler storage. Intel reviewed developments with its Storage Performance Development Kit and Resource Director Technology.


Intel Optane Enters the Market – Gestalt IT

Rich Stroffolino gives his thoughts on Intel’s release of their first commercial 3D XPoint product, the Optane P4800X. He situates where its initial $1500+ price tag puts it within the world of new storage technology, what the new tech should be good for in the data center, and similarities to existing storage-as-memory products.


Intel SPDK and NVMe-oF will accelerate NVMe adoption rates

Intel’s presentation from Storage Field Day this month certainly made an impression on the delegates. Jon Klaus wrote up his thoughts. He goes into particular details over SPDK and NVMe over Fabrics, both of which he thinks will have genuine business impacts for overall NVMe adoption. For Jon, this is an example of Intel pushing software to truly catch up to recent advances in hardware.


Intel Are Putting Technology To Good Use

Intel’s Storage Performance Development Kit made quite an impression on the Storage Field Day delegates. Dan Frith is no exception. He’s written up his thoughts on how it impact the emerging NVMe storage space. SPDK is able to offer much lower latency and better scaling IOPS than the standard Linux kernel, mainly by replacing its kernel-based interrupt-driven driver. This centers storage CPU needs on dedicated cores, and frees up overall system resources. In use cases, early customers have seen a roughly 300% improvement in latency and IOPS. The presentation left Dan “mighty excited”!


Intel Storage Futures From #SFD12

Chan Ekanayake shares his thoughts from Intel’s presentation at Storage Field Day earlier in March. He focuses in on Intel’s Storage Performance Development Kit, and how SPDK will impact enterprise storage. It’s an open sources replacement for a lot of the storage functions of the Linux kernel, which allows for much lower latency, and nearly linear scaling of NVMe drive performance.


In Search of the Perfect Data Management Machine

Glenn Dekhayser has a write up from his first Storage Field Day event. He got to hear from Intel, specifically about their Storage Performance Development Kit. Intel developed this to give hyperscale deployments more consistent performance for storage latency, which in SSDs often experiences frustrating tail latency. SPDK works by isolating an entire CPU core solely to storage IO. This allows for much lower latency, and gives you almost linear scalability with NVMe drives. Glenn is impressed with the impacts this could have at scale.


Intel to take the stage at Tech Field Day!

Sadly, Intel will not be able to present at Tech Field Day after all, but we share Mike’s excitement! Plus, check out Mike’s brief history of the company in the piece, which if named after its founders, would have been called “Moore-Noyce” (good call going with Intel).


Hardware has set the pace for latency, time for software to catch up

Jon Klaus thinks software needs to catch up to SSDs for reducing application latency. Initially, SSDs were limited by storage processors and buses build with spinning disks in mind. This has largely been remedied, so where’s the next big performance bottleneck? Latency.

Jon looks at how Intel’s Storage Performance Development Kit, presented at Storage Field Day in October, effects latency by replacing the traditional Linux kernel in storage controllers.


Open-Source Hardware Designs – One step beyond commodity?

Open-Source Hardware Designs – One step beyond commodity?


What should we expect from the next generation storage?

What should we expect from the next generation storage?


10 on Tech Episode 013: J Metz on NVMe and NVMe-oF

10 on Tech Episode 013: J Metz on NVMe and NVMe-oF


Storage Field Day 11 Previews: Intel, HGST

Storage Field Day 11 Previews: Intel, HGST


Flying soon towards Storage Field Day 11!

Flying soon towards Storage Field Day 11!


How Intel’s open source Data Plane Development Kit enables high-performance Linux networking

How Intel’s open source Data Plane Development Kit enables high-performance Linux networking


The Importance of the Network Software Supply Chain

The Importance of the Network Software Supply Chain