The PTS describes a reference test hardware and software platform used to validate the specification itself. The reference test platform was developed by SSSI member Calypso Systems.
Calypso built a hardware platform that has multiple bays to test drives in parallel and developed the software that adheres to the specification.
"You pretty much plug in a drive and it does the test," Wassenberg said. "If you want to test a drive, they'll test it for a fee. This reference test platform is the gold standard."
"You just need to ensure that you use a hardware platform that doesn't bottleneck the SSDs. We recommend a server motherboard," he said. "You must also be knowledgeable enough to write [a] script for it."
SNIA is currently also working on application-specific specifications that will allow SSDs to be tested under loads for specific tasks. For example, SSDs could be tested for their performance in PC environments running Windows 7 or in server environments running Oracle software.
"But, that's a ways off. The important thing for us was to get something out there to test drives with and compare performance," Wassenberg said.
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