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Exploring SDXI for Memory-to-Memory Movement and Transformation with Shyam Iyer

Discover the potential of the new Smart Data Acceleration Interface (SDXI) standard created by SNIA, which enables memory-to-memory data movement and transformation. Explore its impact on virtualization, computational storage, security, and more in this Gestalt IT Tech Talk from Flash Memory Summit featuring Shyam Iyer, SDXI working group chair, and Stephen Foskett. Learn how SDXI is positioned to reshape the storage landscape, with its adaptability, standardization, and potential to drive efficiency and innovation throughout the industry.

Connect with Shyam Iyer and Learn More about SNIA and Storage Developer Conference

Shyam Iyer is a Distinguished Engineer at Dell Technologies and an elected member of the SNIA Technical Council. You can connect with Shyam on LinkedIn and find out more about SNIA on their website. Find out more about the Storage Developer Conference on their website. Storage Field Day 26 is happening live September 20-21 at Storage Developer Conference.

Exploring SDXI for Memory-to-Memory Movement and Transformation

The continual quest to defy data gravity has a new champion: SNIA’s Smart Data Acceleration Interface (SDXI). At the Flash Memory Summit, we delve into the capabilities of SDXI, an emerging standard poised to revolutionize data acceleration. Shyam Iyer, SDXI Technical Working Group Chair, discusses the intricacies and implications of SDXI with Stephen Foskett, promising improvements in memory-to-memory data movement and transformation.

SDXI, or Smart Data Acceleration Interface, is a pioneering standard introduced by SNIA to establish a standardized approach to memory-to-memory data movement and transformation. Unlike conventional data movement, which typically occurs at the application or third-party layer, SDXI enables direct memory-to-memory transfers between hosts, eliminating the need for numerous intermediaries. This newfound efficiency is set to streamline data movement across various types of servers, including dissimilar ones running diverse software.

SDXI’s impact extends across a multitude of applications, with virtual machine movement being a notable use case. By enabling seamless migration of virtual machines between hosts, SDXI adds a new level of agility to cloud environments and data centers. Furthermore, SDXI’s adaptability extends to computational storage, where it significantly reduces data movement layers, making it instrumental in facilitating secure and efficient computation directly on data.

One of the most compelling attributes of SDXI is its versatility. It’s designed to be form factor-independent, applicable across CPU families and various hardware implementations, including FPGA, GPU, and IO cards. This not only ensures vendor neutrality but also aligns with emerging industry trends such as the Compute Express Link (CXL). As the industry shifts towards an expanded memory ecosystem, SDXI is poised to accommodate diverse memory-based operations, from snapshots and encryption to data transformation and compression.

In an era where security is paramount, SDXI rises to the challenge. It incorporates provisions to ensure secure memory-to-memory data movement, incorporating memory protections and encryption. With the evolving landscape of interconnected systems and shared memory spaces, SDXI’s role becomes even more critical in upholding data security and integrity.

As the digital landscape continues to expand and evolve, the demand for efficient, secure, and versatile data movement solutions becomes increasingly evident. SDXI, with its standardized approach to memory-to-memory data acceleration, emerges as a powerful contender in transforming the storage landscape. By standardizing memory movement and transformation while catering to various hardware and use cases, SDXI holds the potential to unlock new realms of efficiency and innovation across the storage industry.

Learn more about SNIA on their website and join Storage Field Day at SNIA Storage Developer Conference (SDC) in September!

About the author

Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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