Let MindShare Bring "Hands-On NVM Express (NVMe) 1.1a" to Life for You

MindShare's NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) course begins with a review of PCI Express (PCIe) basics as a foundation for the study of NVMe. Next, a high-level view of the architecture provides the big-picture context. Finally, we drill down into some details for each part of the design, providing an introduction to the hardware and software protocols.

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Hands-On NVMe Architecture
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Hands-On PCI Express 3.0
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Hands-On NVM Express (NVMe) 1.1a Architecture Course Info

You Will Learn:

  • An overview of PCIe configuration
  • Basics of the NVMe Host Controller Interface model
  • The steps for device initialization
  • How command queues are set up and managed
  • How host software informs the controller that new commands have been queued up
  • How host software learns that commands have been completed
  • Which command sets are defined, what the commands are, and an overview of how they work
  • The error reporting structures defined
  • The power management options
  • New features associated with the 1.1a specification

Course Length: 1 Day

Course Outline:

  • PCIe Background
    • Introduction to Configuration
  • NVMe Overview
    • Initialization
    • Creation and management of Queues
    • Building and submitting commands
      • Command types
      • Command example
    • Managing the queue: Doorbell register operation
    • Priority and Arbitration of commands
    • Completing commands
    • Informing the Host of completions
    • Handling Metadata
    • Asynchronous Event Notification
    • SGLs (Scatter/Gather Lists)
    • Namespace Reservations
  • Command Sets
    • Administrative commands
    • NVM commands
    • New Write-Zeros command
  • Error Detection and Handling
    • Error Reporting Structures
    • Examples
  • Power Management

Recommended Prerequisites:

Previous exposure to PCIe is needed, as is some general knowledge of PC architectures.

Supplied Materials:

1) Downloadable PDF version of the presentation slides.
2) PCI Express Technology eBook (or hardcopy on request) by Mike Jackson and Ravi Budruk.
3) Optional: MindShare Arbor software tool, used for student labs in the class.



Santa Clara, CA: 12/11/2015

PCI Express Technology 3.0