GRL Hosting NVM Express Design and Validation Challenges and Solutions Seminar April 20

March 23rd, 2016 by Admin GRL

Granite River Labs (GRL), Oakgate Technology, SerialTek, and sponsors Quarch Technology & Serial Cables are pleased to announce a free Seminar at GRL’s Santa Clara lab.  Complimentary lunch will be provided for all attendees. Space is limited.
Seminar Overview
The Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) specification defines an optimized register interface, command set and feature set for PCIe (PCIe®)-based Solid-State Drives (SSDs). The goal of NVM Express is to unlock the potential of PCIe SSDs now and in the future, and standardize the PCIe SSD interface. While presenting an opportunity to deliver data faster to meet the needs of enterprise and consumers, leveraging NVMe represents significant development and testing challenges for storage engineers.
This free seminar features subject matter experts from leading storage validation solutions providers and is targeted for anyone involved in creating, simulating, and validating NVMe designs. We will cover a wide survey of NVMe basics, and dive deeper into many topics including NVMe protocol conformance and design validation methodologies. Engineers with varying NVMe experience are encouraged to attend.
Featured speakers:

  • Darren Gray, Director of Engineering and Miki Takahashi, VP of Engineering, Granite River Labs
  • Bob Weisickle, co-Founder & CEO, and Robert Otis, Technical Sales Engineer, Oakgate Technology
  • Michael Dearman, Founder & Managing Director, Quarch Technology
  • Simon Thomas, Director of Sales, Serial Cables
  • David Nuttall, Engineering Manager, SerialTek

Seminar Agenda:

  • Fundamentals of PCIe System Architecture and Electrical Validation, presented by GRL
  • Validation and Testing Challenges of NVMe Subsystems, presented by SerialTek
  • Hot Swap, Fault Injection, Power Margining and Measurement, presented by Quarch
  • Lunch
  • NVMe Switches, Adapters, Cables, and Test Tools, presented by Serial Cables
  • NVMe Protocol Conformance and Validation (including Performance), presented by OakGate
  • Wrap up, Q&A, and GRL Lab Tour

About our Sponsors:
Quarch Technology Ltd. is a leading supplier of test automation solutions to the data storage and networking industries. Our unique systems reduce test duration for development projects whilst significantly increasing product quality.  Our unique scalable test solutions are used by both industry leaders and start-ups across the world.
Serial Cables was founded by Paul J. Mutschler, a 20+ year veteran of the storage industry.  Mr. Mutschler has been the Director of Sales and/or Business Development for companies such as Flexstar Technology, PTI, I-TECH, Data Transit, Catalyst Enterprises and LeCroy.  Paul discovered that there were far too many people needing these products and far too few people/companies who truly knew anything about the technology.  With specialized experience in storage interconnectivity and test tools arena, as industry experts Serial Cables can make sure you get the right things that you need the ‘first time’.  Serial Cables has formed strategic alliances with our world-class vendors and are able to provide the best quality product at the best price.
About the other Organizers:
Granite River Labs (GRL) provides end-to-end Engineering Services and Test Solutions to help hardware engineers adopt high speed interfaces. A trusted partner of up-and-coming hardware developers to some of the largest companies in the world, GRL combines recognized industry experts, high performance test equipment, and automated test solutions.
OakGate Technology is a leading provider of test, validation, and benchmarking products and services to the storage industry. The company has established a clear leadership position as a preferred supplier of test and validation tools for Solid State storage, including SSDs.  OakGate was founded by seasoned industry veterans with a proven track record in developing key storage and server technologies.  OakGate’s highly capable and flexible test appliances are based on advanced, proprietary software and industry standard hardware. These products support all popular storage protocols including PCI Express, SAS, SATA & Fibre Channel.  Oakgate also provides test and validation services that enable customers to augment their own engineering resources and accelerate time to market.
SerialTek is a provider of innovative data storage test tools and solutions. Many leading storage manufacturers depend on our products to improve product quality and drive time-to-market requirements. The company was founded with the goal of making test and measurement solutions more powerful and fast yet easier to use. SerialTek’s engineers include the original inventors of many of the popular features found in protocol analyzers, including hardware indexing during capture, buffer segmentation with auto-re-arm, ultra-fast histograms and multiple trigger sequencers. Our solutions support the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), SATA (Serial ATA), PCI Express (PCIe) and Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) protocols.