Persistent Memory Hackathon to Debut at Flash Memory Summit 2019

Learn how to run storage at memory speeds and see application
performance increase by up to 10x

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Flash Memory Summit (FMS), the world’s premiere flash memory conference
and exposition, today announced it will host its first Persistent Memory
(PM) hackathon to help designers take immediate advantage of this
breakthrough technology. Persistent memory is a new class of memory that
delivers maximum performance for data-centric applications such as
databases, AI/ML, real-time analytics, security, IoT, and image and
video processing. The FMS hackathon gives attendees valuable, hands-on
experience in how to add persistent memory support and achieve 10X
performance gains for critical data center applications. The hackathon
will be offered as a drop-in event during FMS 2019, to be held August
6-8 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

“No one needs to be sold on the idea of accessing storage at memory
speeds,” said Chuck Sobey, Conference Chairperson for Flash Memory
Summit. “However, the immediate problem is how to enable existing
software to take full advantage of currently available persistent memory
solutions. The Persistent Memory Hackathon will equip attendees with the
knowledge needed to make applications run much faster immediately…and
even faster in the future.”

Hackathon Details

Persistent memory, which delivers storage at memory speeds, eliminates
the long disk access times of hard disk drives and even exceeds the top
performance of NVMe flash. However, applications must be aware that PM
exists in the system. Attendees will learn how to configure systems with
persistent memory. They will then learn the basics of code development
based on open-source PM code found at and already available in
Linux and Windows. Attendees will become PM competent in just a few
hours while networking with like-minded peers. Participants will also
learn about the available types of persistent memory, typical
applications, and future trends for PM. After the hackathon, attendees
can enable applications to run faster, quickly process enormous amounts
of data, and provide rapid access everywhere and anytime within the

According to the
website, “Systems containing persistent memory can outperform legacy
configurations, providing faster start-up times, faster access to large
in-memory datasets, and often improved total cost of ownership.” MKW
Ventures predicts a multi-billion dollar market for persistent memory by

FMS 2019 also features a PM pre-conference introductory seminar on
August 5, a PM Programming Tutorial, and a full two-day track on the
subject that includes invited talks and special sessions. It also covers
other emerging subjects such as NVMe, NVMe-oF, NVMe/TCP, new
non-volatile memory technologies, and computational storage.

Now in its 14th year, Flash Memory Summit features the latest
technology trends, the industry’s most innovative products, and the
broadest coverage of this rapidly expanding market. In 2018, FMS drew
more than 6,500 registrants and more than 120 exhibitors. The 2019 event
already projects significant growth. The conference also features
marketing and market research tracks plus sessions sponsored by NVM
Express®, SNIA, JEDEC, SD Card Association, and UFSA. Popular continuing
features include an expert table session, performance testing results,
CTO and CMO panels, market research sessions, annual updates, industry
trends and overviews, and a VC Forum.

Supporting Resources

To discuss sponsoring the PM Hackathon and exhibiting, contact:

Alan Land, Exhibit Sales Manager
[email protected]

To ask about the program, contact:

Lance Leventhal, Program Chairperson
[email protected]

About Flash Memory Summit

The Flash Memory Summit, produced by Conference ConCepts, showcases the
mainstream applications, key technologies, and leading vendors that are
driving the multi-billion dollar non-volatile memory and SSD markets.
FMS is now the world’s largest event featuring the trends, innovations,
and influencers driving the adoption of flash memory in demanding
enterprise storage applications, as well as in smartphones, tablets, and
mobile and embedded systems.


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Suzanne Tuchler

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