Birds of a Feather (BoF) Sessions

SDC is pleased to offer a variety of Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions. These sessions will be held in one-hour blocks from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM PDT (UTC-7). A BoF is an informal gathering of persons interested in a particular technical topic. SDC BoFs generally will discuss topics presented that day as part of SDC.  To access those presentations prior to the BoF register for SDC.  All SDC 2021 BoFs are live events conducted using Zoom and a Slack channel. The BoFs will not be recorded.

Attend A BoF

In addition to SDC attendees BoFs are open to the general public to attend. In advance of a BoF, if you would like to attend click on the "Register to attend this BoF" link for the associated BoF you plan to attend. You will receive and email with all the details, indluing an iCal calendar meeting invite.  For each BoF you plan to attend repeat this process. Start registering now!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The Q&A for each BoF will be handled using a Slack workspace.  This allows the conversations started during the BoF to continue weeks after the BoF. To participate in the Q&A please join the SDC 2021 BoF Slack Workspace prior to the event.


All times are in PDT (GMT-7). Schedule is subject to change.

Tuesday, September 28th

3:00 - 4:00 PM


Moderated by: Mark Carlson, Principal Engineer, Industry Standards, KIOXIA


  • Nick Adams, Storage Architect, Intel
  • Curtis Ballard, Distinguished Technologist, HPE
  • Fred Knight, Principal Standards Technologist, NetApp
  • Kim Malone, Storage Software Architect, Intel

Hear from the experts on the latest from NVMe including implementation experiences.

Presentations: Bof was open discussions, no presentations available

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Security Landscape BoF

Moderated by: Eric Hibbard, Chair, SNIA Security TWG

Security, unlike most technologies, is driven by changes to the threat landscape as well as the legal/regulatory responses. This BoF provides a forum to explore recent and anticipated developments. It may also serve as a forum to further explore details from the various SDC security and data protection sessions.

Presentations: available soon

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Future Innovations in Software Defined Flash Storage

Moderated by: Earle Philhower, MSSD Technical Marketing, KIOXIA  Sean Stead, MSSD Business Development, KIOXIA

The data center of today is almost fully software defined, from the software defined network (SDN) to virtualized and containerized computation to the software defined file system (SDFS).  But there’s one important part of the stack that’s not yet software defined:  flash storage itself.  It’s about time to enable flash storage to be software defined, allowing flash to be tailored to the specific needs of any application.  This session will center on what software defined flash capabilities are needed by storage developers and how software defined flash APIs could affect how storage applications are written and run in the future.

Presentations: Software Defined Flash

4:00 - 5:00 PM

CXL and Persistent Memory

Moderated by: Arthur Sainio and Raghu Kulkarni, Co-Chairs, SNIA Persistent Memory Special Interest Group

Emerging workloads such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning demand new solutions. New ways to attach persistent memory are being developed. Join the chairs of the SNIA Persistent Memory Special Interest Group and SDC speakers including  Andy Rudoff of Intel in this live session to ask your questions on Persistent Memory and CXL developments and where the next generation of these technologies are headed.

Presentations: CXL and Persistent Memory

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Data Processing Units (DPUs)

Moderated by: Mark Carlson, SNIA Technical Council Co-Chair


  • Dr. Jai Menon, Chief Scientist, Fungible
  • Sebastien Le Duc, Software Engineering Director, Kalray
  • Satananda Burla, Senior Staff Manager, Marvell
  • John Kim, Director of Storage Marketing, Nvidia
  • Tony Afshary, Sr Director of Product & Technical Marketing, Pliops

The SNIA Technical Council believes that it is important for storage developers to learn about the emerging technology of Data Processing Units (DPUs).  We have gathered a panel of leading DPU vendors to provide an overview and answer the following questions.

  • What is a DPU?
  • Why might storage developers want to adopt DPUs in their products or services?
  • What tools and libraries do you provide for developers?
  • Which parts are open source?
  • What development languages are supported?

Following the panel presentations, we will open the floor to questions from the participants.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about DPUs!

Presentations: Fungible, Kalray, Marvell, Nvidia, and Pliops

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Ethernet SSD/Ethernet BoF : A new storage architecture to push storage performance

Moderated by: Hrishikesh Sathawane, Dir of Product Planning @ Samsung

As the processor, networking, and storage speeds change over time, new bottlenecks are created. The new performance demanding applications like AI, video processing demand new storage architectures. Native Ethernet SSDs brings one such new architecture alive to get over the bandwidth and performance bottleneck coming out of storage. Let's explore how this ecosystem is evolving and what are new challenges to solve.

Presentations: Ethernet SSD


Wednesday, September 29th

3:00 - 4:00 PM

"No-compromise” NVMe/TCP deployment using server storage I/O offload

Moderted by:

Greg Schulz, Independent Industry Analyst & Author, StorageIO™
Bob Dugan, Director of Engineering at Chelsio Communications;

Many server storage and I/O problems are often the result of host CPU and associated software bottlenecks. This panel explores the challenges, issues, and benefits of addressing NVMe over TCP deployments without compromise. The session will explore server, storage and I/O workload testing techniques, tools, methodology and approaches to show NVMe over Fabrics including TCP can be accelerated, while freeing up host CPU resources for other software defined workloads. With a continued shift towards software defined storage, networks and higher level applications, host CPU cycles are in more demand. Boosting application performance, efficiency, and effectiveness of server CPUs including reducing overhead are key priorities for legacy and software defined datacenter environments.

Presentations: NVMe-oF/TCP Offload

3:00 - 4:00 PM

SDXI (Smart Data Accelerator Interface) discussion with SDXI TWG members

Moderated by: Shyamkumar Iyer, SDXI TWG Chair, Distinguished Engineer, Dell Technologies

The SDXI TWG is working on a proposed standard for a memory to memory Data mover and acceleration interface.

SDXI TWG members are working to get its first version of the Smart Data Acceleration Interface Specification out for a public review.

Come join us as we reveal the makings of this specification and what makes it a key technology ingredient for system architecture.  Learn the salient features of this specification from key contributors and members in this live BoF and Q&A.

Presentations: SDXI Roundtable

4:00 - 5:00 PM

What's New in SFF? Another Conversation with Very Opinionated Experts

Moderated by: John Geldman; Director, SSD Industry Standards; KIOXIA


  • Anthony Constantine [Intel]: EDSFF (including E1, E3) updates for PCIe & CXL
  • Tom Palkert [Samtec]: QSFP56
  • Bill Lynn [Dell]: SFF-TA-1023 thermal update
  • Alex Haser [Molex]: Next gen QSFP, and SFF project update (overview of what has been published in the last year)

For every server there are connectors, cables, and form factors defined within the SNIA SFF Technical Affiliate Technical Working Group (SFF TA TWG).  Since last year, this group has delivered many specifications and updates including 3.5” and 2.5” HDD/SSD form factor, high speed networking connectors, various high speed differential signaling connectors, and EDSFF.  Come find out what SFF TA TWG has done in the last year, and what is on the horizon for the rapidly changing storage and network industries.

Presentations: What's New in SFF?

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Computational Storage Advances

Moderated by: Scott Shadley and Jason Molgaard, Co-Chairs, SNIA Computational Storage TWG; Eli Tiomkin, Chair, SNIA Computational Storage SIG

Join the SNIA Computational Storage TWG and SIG for a Computational Storage update and discussion of the latest SNIA CS Architecture and Programming Model and API.

Presentations: Computational Storage

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Storage Device-Level Power Efficiency Measurement Specification

Moderated by: Wayne Adams, GSI Co-chair and SNIA Chairman Emeritus; Eden Kim S3TWG co-chair and Calypso Tester Founder, Don Goddard, SNIA GreenTWG co-chair, NetApp and  Chuck Paridon, storage performance consultant, DXC

SNIA Green Storage TWG new specification work to complement the current SNIA Emerald system-level specification referenced by regulators. The session will review the value proposition to the supply chain, the testing tools, and moderate a discussion on test tools, test configurations and device types, IO workloads, and measurement metrics. The project stage is welcoming device vendors and stakeholders to join the effort.

Presentations: SDLPEM - Storage Device Level Power Efficiency Measurement

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Interoperability in Blockchain and why it is important to the Storage Industry

Moderated by: Olga Buchonina, Co-Chair SNIA Blockchain TWG, CEO and Founder of ActionSpot, Co-founder of OfftheChainMiners


  • Jonmichael Hands, VP of Storage Business Development at Chia Project
  • Matthew Sevey, Software Engineering Manager for Skynet Labs and Sia Project.
  • Valentin Bercovici, Chainkit Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • Steve Todd, VP of Data Innovation and Strategy, Dell Technologies
  • Parmeshwr Prasad, Principal Engineer at Dell, Co-Chair for SNIA Blockchain TWG

The discussion will be focused on Blockchain trends in the industry, emerging technologies within the blockchain and the need for interoperability across different blockchains.

Presentations: Bof was open discussions, no presentations available