NVM Express (NVMe) 1.4 - Comprehensive 2-Day Course
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NVM Express (NVMe) 1.4 - Comprehensive 2-Day Course

Location US Pacific Time, 9am-5pm
Date 9/21/2023 - 9/22/2023
Duration 2-Days
Instructor Mike Jackson
Price $1,795.00

Comprehensive NVMe 1.4 self-paced eLearning video course included in training fees

Comprehensive NVMe 1.4 Architecture Course Details:

MindShare's NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) 1.4 course begins with an optional 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 of the hardware architecture and software interactions. Finally, we drill down into details for each aspect of the NVMe architecture. The course add details included in the 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 specs.

You Will Learn:

  • 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 of new commands to execute
  • Learns that commands have been completed
  • What commands are defined up to 1.4 spec, and how they work
  • Error reporting structures
  • Power management options
  • Optional PCIe architecture overview on request

Course Length: 2-Days

US Pacific Time Zone Times:

Start time: 9:00am
End time: 5:00pm
Lunch break between noon-1:00pm



Who Should Attend?

Both hardware and software engineers designing storage systems. The course is ideal for RTL-, chip-, system- or system board-level design engineers who need a broad understanding of NVM Express. The course is also suitable to software NVMe driver writers or firmware engineers working on SSD storage systems. The course is also suitable for chip-level and board-level validation engineers.

Course Outline:

Basic Topics (Covered on Day 1)
  • Introduction
    • PCIe Overview
    • NVMe concepts and definitions
    • Comparison with SATA
    • NVMe Host-Controller Interface overview
    • HANDS-ON ARBOR LAB: discover register addresses
    • Queue Management
      • Doorbell Head and Tail registers
      • Execution sequence
      • Tracking completion status
  • Commands
    • NVMe Admin Commands
      • General Structure of commands
      • Identify command options and results
      • Creation and management of Queues
      • Asynchronous Event Notification
    • HANDS-ON ARBOR LAB: View commands in a queue
    • NVMe IO Commands
      •  Read and Write command structure
      • Optimizing write commands
      • Avoiding write amplification
      • Buffer addressing modes (PRPs vs. SGLs)
      • Priority and Arbitration of commands
      • Completing commands
      •  Handling Metadata (DIF/DIX)
      • Get Features / Set Features – full coverage of features
    • HANDS-ON ARBOR LAB: View get/set features commands, discover queue allocation
  • Architecture
    • Error reporting, Error Reporting Structures
      • Asynchronous Events
      • Completion status
      • Log pages
    • Other log pages
    • Firmware updates
    • Controller registers
    • Controller initialization
    • Power Management
    • Reservations
Additional Topics (Requires a 2-day course)
  • Summary of changes for 1.3
    • Boot partitions
    • Thermal management by host
    • Write streams
    • Deallocation
    • Virtualization support
    • Debug support – Telemetry, initiated by host or device
    • Self-test options
    • Sanitize command
    • New commands
  • Summary of changes for 1.4
    • NVM Sets
    • I/O Determinism
    • Read recovery levels
    • Persistent Memory Region (PMR)
    • Asymmetric Namespace Access (ANA)
    • Namespace write protect
    • Persistent event log
    • Rebuild assist
    • Endurance groups
    • I/O Performance and Endurance Hints
    • Traffic-based Keep Alive
    • Vendor-specific UUIDs
    • Verify - new command
    • Administrative controller
    • SQ Associations
  • Other commands
    • Write uncorrectable
    • Write zeroes
    • Compare
    • Dataset management
  • PCIe Architecture Overview
    • Introduction
    • Basic operation
    • Transaction types
    • Layers and responsibilities overvie
    • Configuration overview

Recommended Prerequisites:

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

Training Materials:

  1. PDF version of the presentation slides used in class.
  2. MindShare Arbor software tool, used for student labs in the class.
  3. NVMe 1.4 Architecture eLearning course which can be used to review content covered in class or additional topics not covered in class.

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