NVMe Plugfest Testing

Quarch Technology has been working with the University of New Hampshire’s InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) team for many years. We run a critical test station at Plugfest for hot-plugs – and all PCIe SFF devices need to pass.

The hot-plug challenge

Hot-plug of PCIe devices is a fairly new requirement, and not all devices and hosts are fully compliant yet. In addition, the number of test scenarios required for a pass at future Plugfests is likely to increase year-on-year.

As of Plugfest #4 (June 2015), a simple set of hot-plug scenarios needed to be passed. Hot-plugging a PCIe device is a complex test scenario; not everyone passed the test station at Plugfest #4.

Plugfest #5 (February 2016) saw an extension of the testing, requiring multiple insertion–removal cycles, for each of four different hot-swap speeds. This significantly increased the chances of spotting failures in the hot-plug process.

The tests are undoubtedly going to get more rigorous at future Plugfests, so now is the time to get on top of your testing and be confidant that your device meets the specification!

“The support that Quarch is providing to the UNH-IOL and the NVMe Integrators List program is enabling us to implement new types of testing that help prove the reliability and robustness of NVMe. The Quarch Torridon tool allows us to test the hot-plug features that are so important for enterprise SSD implementations.”

David Woolf, Research and Development of Storage and Mobile Technologies, UNH-IOL

Be ready – run your own tests before you get to Plugfest

The best way to ensure a pass at Plugfest is to do plenty of testing in advance! Here’s what you’ll need to run the tests in your own lab:

Download Application Note AN003 - NVMe Plugfest - Hotplug Testing for:

  • Detailed descriptions of the mandatory tests
  • The latest scripts for running the hot-swap test automatically in your lab
  • Recommendations on additional industry-standard testing you should carry out.

If you are not currently part of the Plugfest, get in touch with the UNH team.

Stay ahead – get the latest information

For advance notice of changes to hot-swap tests at future Plugfests, sign up for the Quarch Technical Updates.

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