NVMe Analyzers and Exercizers

These are some of the specialized test tools the UNH-IOL uses to test NVMe devices for conformance and interoperability. IOL INTERACT™ is the software we've developed to run test scripts and it is available outside the lab to our members.

Teledyne-LeCroy Summit PCIe Analyzer

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The Summit Protocol Analyzer product line captures, decodes and displays PCIe 3.0 protocol traffic at data rates for x1, x2, x4, x8, x16 lane widths. Teledyne LeCroy’s PETracer™ Software Suite supports an extensive library of protocol decodes for virtually all PCIe applications. These decodes enable all Teledyne LeCroy analyzers to display data traffic with meaningful and easy-to-understand displays at multiple levels in the protocol stack, and all protocol decode libraries are included as standard features of every Teledyne LeCroy PCIe Express protocol analyzer. Key features for PCIe Solid-state Device (SSD) developers include libraries of decodes specifically designed for SSD protocols, such as NVM Express, SCSI Express and SATA Express.

Teledyne-LeCroy Summit PCIe Exerciser

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The Summit Z3-16 is a critical test and verification tool intended to assist engineers in developing and improving the reliability of their systems. The Summit Z3-16 can emulate PCI Express root complexes or device endpoints, allowing new designs to be tested against corner case issues. The Summit Z3-16 can be programmed to run a variety of storage test scripts including the IOL INTERACT™ Teledyne-LeCroy EDITION Software from the UNH-IOL.

OakGate Analyzers and Exercisers


OakGate's Analyzers and Exercisers " provide cutting edge test solutions for NVMe flash storage. OakGate offers a broad range of test appliances that serve the needs of individual developers, large lab environments as well as manufacturing applications. All OakGate appliances are driven by its highly respected SVF (Storage Validation Framework) Engine that supports all popular storage protocols, including NVMe. In addition to a comprehensive set of features to test the robustness and versatility of the customer's storage devices, OakGate software suite also incorporates performance benchmarking capabilities and a command level analyzer. A variety of APIs that support popular scripting languages such a Python and REST are available to customers who wish to write their on test scripts. With its support of advanced NVMe features, OakGate has become the test platform of choice for most major SSD and flash storage suppliers.".

Quarch Hot-Swap Solution


The Quarch Hot-Swap Solution enables automation of PCI Express and NVMe hot plug and fault injection testing for U.2/SFF-8639 form factor drives. Additional modules in the solution allow similar testing for x8 and x16 PCIe Slot based devices.

Quarch's Power Modules allow full range voltage margining, interruption and power consumption testing for all NVMe storage devices.

SerialTek BusXpert PRO and Micro PCIe analyzers


The SerialTek BusXpert PRO and Micro PCIe analyzers are designed and optimized for engineers that are developing storage products and solutions using PCI Express and NVMe technologies. Supporting data rates up to 8.0 GT/s and bus widths up to x8, the PRO and Micro offer accurate capture, analysis and insight of PCIe and NVMe traffic. They feature easy-to-use triggering, multiple display/decode views, pre-/post-filtering, textual search and sequence search. All analyzer functions and trace processing can be controlled from an API, which allows programmers to write custom analysis tools. A variety of slot, M.2 and SFF-8639 interposers and adapters are available for use with the BusXpert analyzers.

SANBlaze SBExpress-RM4 test system


The SANBlaze SBExpress-RM4 test system is a PCIe® Gen4 hardware/software combination that is critical for testing U.2/U.3/M.2/EDSFF NVMe target devices. The hardware capabilities include hot plug, dual port, MI, Quarch integration, SRIS/SRNS clocking, thermal testing, voltage margining, power measurement and VDM. The VLUN software component includes a unique automated test suite called SBCert which includes over 450 built-in test scripts for testing conformance, compliance, namespace management, MI, device endurance, dual port, power & other negative test cases. The REST API allows you to define pass/fail criteria for any test. For integrators, the software also tests fabric attached devices over FC, RoCE & TCP. The ability to drive NVMe targets with a wide range of configurable attributes provides engineers with a flexible, scalable tool to simulate real disk and memory access environments and issues. Development, qualification and certification test cycles can be highly automated reducing time and surfacing issues and errors.

SANBlaze VirtuaLUN Software


SANBlaze VirtuaLUN NVMe Initiator is a key piece of test equipment for anyone needing to test NVMe target devices. The VirtuaLUN feature set provides a unique set of functions applicable in all aspects of a product lifecycle; from development to design validation to test and QA. The ability to drive NVMe targets with a wide range of configurable attributes provides engineers with a flexible, scalable tool to simulate real disk and memory access environments and issues. Development, qualification and certification test cycles can be highly automated, reducing time and surfacing issues and errors.

Viavi MLTT IO Generator


The MLTT Software Suite is an application-based data- and signal-integrity testing solution for companies developing servers, switches, host bus adapters (HBAs), Ethernet network interface cards (NICs), converged network adapters (CNAs), and other storage equipment for next-generation converged storage networks. Facilitate design validation, accelerate system bring-up, and simplify quality assurance testing with the MLTT suite for the most comprehensive set of data integrity, benchmarking, and stress-test tools. The MLTT test tools can help uncover and identify data-corruption errors, undesirable device and system data-pattern sensitivities, input/output (I/O) timeouts, I/O losses, and system lockup scenarios.

Viavi Xgig 1000 32/128 G FC & 25/50/100 GE Analyzer


The Viavi Xgig 1000 32/128 G Fibre Channel and 25/50/100 G Ethernet platform addresses 8G/16G/32G/128G FC and 10/25/50/100 GE in an integrated, portable platform with reconfigurable ports. As a protocol test tool in manufacturer R&D labs and helping field installers deploy and troubleshoot data centers, Xgig is the only platform to perform inline, non-intrusive capture and analysis and inline jamming (error injection). The Xgig 1000 32/128 G FC & 25/50/100 GE platform uses the industry’s first true analog pass-through adapter keeping the linear nature of signal over copper connections. The platform offers visibility to the OSI Physical layer such as Auto Negotiation, Link Training and Forward Error Correction (FEC).