KIOXIA’s Software-Enabled Flash Technology Takes Center Stage in Keynote, Breakout Session at SNIA’s Storage Developer Conference 2020

Purpose-Built Hardware and Software API Maximize Value of Flash Memory for Hyperscalers; Provides Open Source Framework to Help Solve Large-scale Storage Challenges

SAN JOSE, Calif., September 22, 2020 – This week at SNIA’s virtual Storage Developer Conference (SDC) 2020,  KIOXIA America, Inc. (formerly Toshiba Memory America, Inc.), will showcase its barrier-breaking Software-Enabled Flash™, technology, providing real-world examples of how it makes flash easier to manage, more timely to deploy and more predictable in nature.

At the virtual event, KIOXIA will introduce the open source Software-Enabled Flash development environment and highlight key features. The company will provide an in-depth look at new flash native management concepts made possible by Software-Enabled Flash technology including virtual devices, Quality of Service (QoS) domains, weighted fair queueing, nameless writes, nameless copies, and host CPU offload mechanisms. 

KIOXIA’s Software-Enabled Flash technology removes the roadblocks associated with legacy drive-based technologies, creating a new way to maximize the potential of flash. By fundamentally changing the relationship between solid state storage and the host in cloud environments, Software-Enabled Flash technology frees developers from narrowly defined “drive” behavior, which presents challenges for applications requiring control over workload isolation, data placement, and QoS. Using the API specification, hyperscale flash storage developers realize the increased speed and capability of flash with the ease of software definability. The Software-Enabled Flash API specification is currently available on the KIOXIA America, Inc. GitHub® site.

SDC Featured Keynote Presentation
“Unlocking the Potential of Flash with the New Open Source Software-Enabled Flash API” Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 9:20 a.m. PDT

KIOXIA America’s Eric Ries, SVP, Memory Storage Strategy Division (MSSD), will present a keynote session titled: “Unlocking the Potential of Flash with the New Open Source Software-Enabled Flash API.”

“As a world leader in flash technology, it just makes sense that KIOXIA would come to the table with a radically different approach to deploying flash at scale,” said Ries. “With the introduction of Software-Enabled Flash technology, we’re giving cloud developers, storage architects and innovators an entirely new set of tools that allow them to define and deploy flash rapidly and efficiently.”

SDC Breakout Session
“Unlocking the New Performance and QoS Capabilities of the Software-Enabled Flash API” Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 11:20 a.m. PDT
Rory Bolt, senior fellow, MSSD, KIOXIA America, Inc.

This session takes a deep dive into Software-Enabled Flash technology with its chief architect to explore details and present functional demonstrations of key features in action.

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About KIOXIA America, Inc.
KIOXIA America, Inc. (formerly Toshiba Memory America, Inc.) is the U.S.-based subsidiary of KIOXIA Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of flash memory and solid state drives (SSDs). From the invention of flash memory to today’s breakthrough BiCS FLASH™ 3D technology, KIOXIA continues to pioneer cutting-edge memory solutions and services that enrich people's lives and expand society's horizons. The company's innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive, and data centers. For more information, please visit

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