How to use and benchmark NVMe SSD, create a Software RAID and analyze performance – The answers are here

Even though 2015 is not yet over, I truly believe it’s been a successful year for Intel’s Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. At IDF 15 we had the opportunity to share an amazing story about 3D XPoint™ memory technology, including real life demos of upcoming products with Rob Crook on stage.

IDF 15 is now finished, and many people attended. For those who couldn't make it, we published all our content online with free access for everybody. This includes presentations and technical labs during the event. Check out the materials from all sessions here.

I’m proud of the lab that Zhdan Bybin and I delivered there. It is highly practical, technical, and mainly focused on how exactly to use NVMe products in Linux in a Windows environment. The beauty of NVMe is that it can be applied to todays Intel® SSD DC P3700/P3600/P3500 and P3608 Series, Intel® SSD 750 Series, as well as future generations of NVMe-based products. The lab mainly covers initial system setup and configuration, benchmarking with FIO (and FIO Visualizer and IOmeter, managing Intel® RSTe (MDADM SW RAID extensions for Linux), running block trace analysis ( ), and much more.  Use it as a reference for deploying this exciting technology. My hope is this will guide teams to adopt NVMe quicker.

You may find the lab by the link provided above (type SSDL001 into the search bar) or in the PDF attached to this blog.

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Andrey Kudryavtsev

About Andrey Kudryavtsev

Andrey Kudryavtsev is SSD Solution Architect in the NVM Solution Group at Intel. His main focus is the HPC area, where he helps end-customers and eco system partners to utilize the benefits of modern storage technologies and accelerate the SSD adoption for NVMe. He holds more than 12 years of total server experience, the last 10 years working for Intel. He is the guru of engineering creativity and is an influence in his field. He graduated from Nizhny Novgorod State University in Russia by Computer Science in 2004. Outside of work, he is the owner and coauthor of many experimental technologies in music, musical instruments, and multi-touch surfaces.