013 - J Metz on NVMe and NVMe-oF

A big portion of the incredible storage performance that we enjoy today and that necessitates projects like Intel’s SPDK is NVMe. Being that we’ve lived in a SCSI world for such a long time, it’s hard for many people to grasp exactly what NVMe is and begin thinking about storage access this way. To help us understand it better, I’m excited to bring to the show J Metz (@drjmetz) who is possibly the most well-dress storage guy you will ever meet. He’s also an academic, researcher, and general force of nature in the office of the CTO at Cisco; his focus is on storage and storage networking. He’s currently serving a term on the board of directors (called Promoters) for NVM Express, Inc, which is the organization driving development and awareness of NVMe. I would be hard pressed to find someone more appropriate to discuss NVMe with than J, so this is a very exciting episode, and I’m kicking myself for creating a show where we only got to spend 10 minutes with J. This could easily have been a 60 minute show that I think most listeners would have appreciated!

J also writes on his blog (www.jmetz.com) and shared two very important posts with me to pass along. If you find that you need to learn more about NVMe after listening to this show, J has curated (and written personally) a substantial amount of information on NVMe.

If you’re looking to get up to speed and have a strong grasp of NVMe in general, use this “program of study”: https://jmetz.com/2016/08/learning-nvme-a-program-of-study/
If you’ve got a decent grasp of NVMe but need to delve into a certain area of focus, reference this extensive bibliography: https://jmetz.com/2016/08/a-nvme-bibliography/