IOL INTERACT™ software expedites and automates the testing of NVMe SSDs and NVMe-oF products.

The UNH InterOperability Lab Forges Ahead with Multi-vendor Interoperability through NVMe® Specification Virtual Test Events

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Durham, N.H., February 2, 2021 -- The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance solutions for the networking industry, today announced the completion of its second virtual multi-vendor plugfest focused on NVM Express® (NVMe®) and NVMe® over Fabrics (NVMe-oF™) technology test cases across eight unique devices and companies.

The UNH-IOL has been a pioneer in hosting Plugfests , or group test events, since its inception back in 1988....

UNH-IOL Updates Testing Software for NVM Express Conformance Testing to Address the Latest NVMe over Fabrics Release

DURHAM, N.H., August 5, 2019 – The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, today announced the latest release of their software, IOL INTERACT, a tool designed for SSD integrators, SSD controllers and System Integrators to automate testing for NVMe™ SSDs and NVMe-oF products. The UNH-IOL will be holding an educational webinar on 28 August 2019 at 1:00 PM EST highlighting their NVMe Testing Software and...

UNH-IOL Offers NVMe-oF Testing, Software, List


The University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab is now offering NVMe-oF testing services and related resources. This leading facility, based in Durham, is an NBASE-T member.

NVMe-oF stands for Non-Volatile Memory Express over Fabrics. This standard enables data centers to access flash and solid-state drives over Ethernet and Fibre Channel networks. That allows them to run applications using a much larger storage pool than is possible with NVMe alone.

But in announcing this news, UNH-IOL – which in...

NVM Express Integrator’s List 101: Your Guide to NVMe Interoperability and Compliance Testing

NVM Express proudly collaborates with the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) to conduct compliance and interoperability testing for the NVM Express® (NVMe®) specifications. As a vendor-neutral test lab, the UNH-IOL provides members with confidential and unbiased test results, helping companies get products ready to market, faster. NVM Express member products that pass UNH-IOL’s required testing can be listed on the NVMe Integrator’s List. The NVMe Integrator’s List consists of configurations that have proven to be...

UNH-IOL Plugfest #16 Performs Product Testing for NVMe Integrator’s List

The UNH-IOL wrapped up the NVMe® Plugfest #16 where members tested their NVMe SSD and NVMe-oF™ products against the NVMe and NVMe-oF test specification. The primary goal of the Plugfest is to qualify products for the NVMe Integrator’s List or the NVMe-oF Integrator's List . This past event tested nine devices from six different companies which took place over the course of two-weeks, virtually.

At the UNH-IOL, test plans serve as a beneficial and informational indicator...

IOL INTERACT Latest Release Streamlining Product Testing for NVMe & NVMe-oF

The IOL INTERACT™ test software streamlines testing conformance and automation of NVMe® SSDs ​​and NVMe-oF™products, with the goal of verifying products for the Integrator’s List as well as testing overall NVMe conformance. UNH-IOL customers gain access to the tool through annual memberships, which allows testing in your own labs. Testing within your own lab qualifies as pre-testing, with a “pass” granting it validation to be sent to the UNH-IOL for further testing.

Annually, IOL INTERACT PC Edition launches two...

What is the Zoned Namespace Specification?

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In mid-2020, the NVMe Organization released the first revision of the Zoned Namespace specification (ZNS). This new specification has received a lot of attention, with promises of longer living drives that achieve higher performance under certain conditions. Since then, a number of companies have published roadmaps that include products with ZNS support. In this article, we'll review the significance of this specification and what ZNS drives are good for.

First, this specification is significant because it brings a new...

Testing NVMe® Conformance Through Virtual Plugfest Events

Here at the University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL), the collaborative efforts of Plugfests, also known as group test events, have been hosted and developed since the late 1980s. The lab’s dedicated space for these types of events holds up to 60 companies in a neutral, third party environment. Common among the UNH-IOL’s group testing efforts, are the multi-vendor Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe ® ) and NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF ™) Plugfests which are held two times per year....

SSD Power and Performance Levels: The Latest Release of IOL INTERACT™

Going into summer 2019, I was a full time software developer in the NVMe testing group at the UNH-IOL and focused primarily on test script development for the automated testing application, IOL INTERACT™ . IOL INTERACT™ is a software package used to automatically perform the NVMe Conformance Test plan, which can qualify products for the NVMe Integrators list. As a test script developer, I worked directly on with testing prototype NVMe drives, which gave me a hands on and...

Intro to IOL INTERACT-NVMe Test Software

In recent years, UNH-IOL has expanded beyond just test services, and now offers several conformance test tools that members can use to replicate the UNH-IOL capability in their own labs. One example of this is the IOL INTERACT tool used for NVMe conformance testing. There are two versions of the IOL INTERACT tool, and we'll be discussing both of them.