Flash Memory Summit 2018 is in the books, and the Gen-Z Consortium’s second appearance at the event was a success. The annual conference showcasing new and emerging Flash Memory technologies and applications took place on Aug. 7-9 in Santa Clara, CA.
“FMS was a great forum for Gen-Z to show how it plays in the future of the data center,” said Gen-Z Consortium President Kurtis Bowman. “There was a consistent flow of traffic and questions from attendees at the Gen-Z booth. Our member company booths also did a great job of sharing their Gen-Z plans. The industry understands the need for Gen-Z fabric and the opportunities it brings.”
The Gen-Z Consortium made a splash on the show floor with two technology demonstrations showcasing the mechanical form factors and concepts Gen-Z is bringing to life to aid in data analytics, memory-centric computing, and fully composable system architecture. In addition, 20 Gen-Z member companies at the show displayed “Proud Member of the Gen-Z Consortium” signs in their booths.
The event marked the second public demonstration of the Gen-Z multi-vendor server rack. This display showcases memory sharing and demonstrates how Gen-Z fabric connects multiple servers and media devices. It utilizes FPGA-based Gen-Z adapters connecting compute nodes to memory pools through a Gen-Z switch. Contributors to the demonstration included Alpha Data, AMD, Amphenol, BittWare, Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, IntelliProp, Micron, Microsemi, Molex, Nallatech, Samsung, SK hynix, SMART Modular Technologies and TE Connectivity.
The second demonstration featured the first-ever display of the Gen-Z Connector linked to Gen-Z backplanes and 1.0 IP running on a pluggable Gen-Z memory drive.
Representatives from several Gen-Z Consortium member companies manned the booth and had some great conversations with attendees about how Gen-Z is disrupting the HPC industry. Thank you to our volunteers from, Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IntelliProp and Microsemi.
On Tuesday, nearly 30 people listened to Gen-Z Consortium President Kurtis Bowman speak about the challenges facing data centers, and how storage-class memory is becoming more important than ever as the amount of data continues to skyrocket. His presentation, “Gen-Z Technology: Enabling Memory Centric Architecture,” also covered the security benefits of Gen-Z and the broad industry support for the technology.
Also on Tuesday, Hewlett Packard Enterprises VP and Fellow Michael Kruse spoke about Gen-Z during a “Chat with the Experts” round table.
Flash Memory Summit 2018 provided a great opportunity to meet with people from all corners of the ecosystem and discuss the myriad benefits of Gen-Z. We hope to continue this momentum at SC18 in Dallas in November – stay tuned for more information about that event. Thank you to everyone who visited our booth and we hope to see you at the show next year!