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Second 24G SAS Plugfest Completed by the SCSI Trade Association Highlights the Reliability of the Proven Storage Interface – Apr. 13, 2022

The SCSI Trade Association (STA) today announced the successful completion of its 19th Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) plugfest, the second for the 24G SAS storage interface standard that consists of the SAS-4 physical layer and SPL-4 protocol layer. The test event included participation by 10 diverse companies and was held in a hybrid format at Broadcom and Microchip facilities. Test results were audited independently by the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). [Read full press release]

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Webcast: “Why SAS is a Gold Mine for Crypto”

Cameron Brett
STA President
Sr. Director, Enterprise and Cloud Storage Marketing, KIOXIA America
Jonmichael Hands
VP, Storage Business Development, Chia Network

Just as with mining in the real world, the people who mine cryptocurrency use powerful equipment to increase their chances of finding valuable resources. But all that power comes at a cost: namely, massive energy consumption. However, next generation blockchains such as the Chia Network could change all that. Unlike other cryptocurrencies, you don’t mine Chia with a processor, graphics card, or an ASIC miner. Instead, you farm Chia with storage space, which is where hard drives and solid-state drives come in, using Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) infrastructure to connect them.

In this webinar, Jonmichael Hands, VP Storage Business Development, Chia Network, explains the “proof of space and time” (storage capacity) concept that is the foundation of the Chia network, and why SAS is a great technology for farming Chia. He also discusses the difference between Chia plotting and farming and how they are carried out with the use of storage devices.

The webcast is moderated by Cameron Brett, president of the SCSI Trade Association (STA) and director of Enterprise and Cloud Storage Marketing at KIOXIA America. SAS is the leading storage interface used in enterprise servers and storage deployments in data centers.

Listen to the webcast on-demand on STA’s YouTube channel


Webcast: “SAS vs. NVMe Interface Smackdown

Let’s get ready to rumble!

In one corner, we have Cameron Brett, president of the SCSI Trade Association and Director of Enterprise and Cloud Storage Marketing at KIOXIA America, representing Serial Attached SCSI (SAS). The 30-year market incumbent, SAS is the dominant storage interface used in enterprise servers and storage deployments in data centers.

In the other corner, we have Jonmichael Hands, NVM Express™ Marketing Workgroup co-chair and Sr. Strategic Planner and Product Manager at Intel representing the NVM Express interface. NVMe is a high-performance and latency-optimized protocol built from the ground up for non-volatile memories deployed on a PCI Express® bus. NVMe SSDs are the up-and-coming challenger for data center dominance.

Refereed by Don Jeanette, Vice President, TRENDFOCUS, this lively discussion covers an overview of each interface and punches down into the benefits and features of each. Is there enough room in the data center for both? Or can there be only one?


Listen to the webcast on-demand

Read the transcript of the Q&A from the webcast here

Download the presentation (PDF, 3.1MB)


Webcast: “SAS 201: An Introduction to Enterprise Features”

Rick Kutcipal
STA Board of Directors; Product Planning, Data Center Solution Group, Broadcom Inc.
Tim Symons
Associate Technical Fellow, Microchip Technology, Inc.; Member of T10 developing SAS since 2005, Editor of SAS Protocol Layer (SPL)
As a follow-on to our popular SAS 101 webcast titled “The Most Widely Deployed Storage Interface,” we’re excited to present a deeper look into Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), a scalable serial interconnect that moves data to, from, and within storage devices and systems. The expert presenters with decades of experience in the storage industry discuss the benefits of SAS and the recent enhancements designed to reach new application performance levels. No one can deny that SAS has set the bar with its inherent scalability and flexibility in modern data center, server, and storage topologies. In this webcast, you will learn about recent evolutions in SAS enterprise features including 24G SAS and what they mean to system designers:
  • 2.4 GB/s effective single-lane bandwidth (22.5 Gbaud rate)
  • Unmatched Scalability and Reach
  • 20-bit Forward Error Correction for more robust reliability
  • Enhanced transmitter training algorithm for better signal integrity
  • System-level manageability
  • Fairness enhancements for performance consistency across protocol topologies

Listen to the webcast on-demand

Download the presentation (PDF, 3.6MB)

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