Software-Defined Flash at OCP: A Look at the Future of Flash

Software Devined Flash OCP 2023

At the recent 2023 Open Compute Project®  (OCP®) Global Summit in San Jose, KIOXIA took center stage as an Emerald sponsor. Among the many advancements showcased at our booth one stole the spotlight – the live demonstration of the first 32 terabytes (TB) hardware supporting the Linux Foundation® Software-Enabled FlashTM Project. Built for the demanding needs of hyperscale environments, Software-Enabled Flash technology helps hyperscale cloud providers and storage developers maximize the value of flash memory.

At the heart of the KIOXIA solution was a revolutionary shift from traditional HDD protocols. By harnessing the power of high-capacity flash and integrating it with Software-Enabled Flash technology, hyperscale data center developers can now break free from legacy protocols, creating a platform tailored specifically to the demands of flash media in a hyper-scale environment.

The live demo at our booth provided a tangible glimpse into the potential of purpose build hardware operating with Software-Enabled Flash technology. For the first time, the industry witnessed 32TB of hardware seamlessly integrating with Software-Enabled Flash, showcasing the capabilities of this open-source community project. The demonstration emphasized how the APIs and libraries KIOXIA  donated to the Software Enables Flash Project empower developers to maximize the potential of flash, paving the way for a new era in software-defined storage solutions.

Also at OCP®, KIOXIA sponsored a well-attended executive talk featuring Scott Stetzer, vice president, technology, Memory and Storage Strategy Division for KIOXIA America, Inc.  The talk, titled, "The Next Evolution of Flash is Software-Defined," delved into the strategic vision driving software-defined flash storage. Stetzer shared insights into how this evolution is poised to shape the future of data storage, emphasizing the role of software-enabled flash technology in this transformative journey.

In other news - we’ve recently begun delivering samples of hardware modules that support the Software-Enabled Flash Project. KIOXIA previously donated a command set specification and an API to the Software-Enabled Flash project, and now our hardware is putting this working technology into the hands of developers. With all of these elements in place, customers can effectively evaluate the capabilities of software-enabled flash storage for their specific applications.

The Linux Foundation open-source project with sample API and Command Set Specifications is available now.  Visit GitHub® to view and download. Hardware samples from KIOXIA are also available now for select customers and developers.

Documentation, tech briefs, video demos, and links to GitHub sites can be found at


Definition of capacity: KIOXIA Corporation defines a megabyte (MB) as 1,000,000 bytes, a gigabyte (GB) as 1,000,000,000 bytes and a terabyte (TB) as 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. A computer operating system, however, reports storage capacity using powers of 2 for the definition of 1Gb = 2^30 bits = 1,073,741,824 bits, 1GB = 2^30 bytes = 1,073,741,824 bytes and 1TB = 2^40 bytes = 1,099,511,627,776 bytes and therefore shows less storage capacity. Available storage capacity (including examples of various media files) will vary based on file size, formatting, settings, software and operating system, and/or pre-installed software applications, or media content. Actual formatted capacity may vary.

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