STB Suite

October 2017

STB Suite – October 2017 Newsletter

In this Issue:



Ask Dr. SCSI – Will the STB Suite work with 4K byte block sizes?

The Real Dr. SCSI Q. “Dear Dr. SCSI – I recently noticed that there are SATA drives available which have 4,096 (4K) byte block size. Will the STB Suite work with these new drives?

A. You bet it will!

The STB Suite is what we call “block size agnostic” – we don’t care what the block size is. For each drive, we ask it for its capacity – its block size and the number of blocks it has.

We then use that block size in all of our calculations and I/O.

So the good answer is “yes- the STB Suite will work with drives of any and all block sizes”

Here is a screenshot of a current 12G SAS drive which uses 4K blocks –




End of Year 2017 STB Promotions2017 End of Year Promotions

For the last quarter of 2017 you can save big time on a New STB Suite for $2495 per license or bringing your old license up to speed with a $1495 Performa amnesty!

From now until 12/31/2017 get your order in for a New STB Suite license v10 at $2495 or bring your old STB Suite license back up to date for $1495.

By taking advantage of this offer you’ll save $2500 off a new STB Suite license and you can save $1500 on upgrading an old license to v10.

Now is a great time to save on your New Full STB Suite license and gear up for your 2018 testing.

Don’t worry if you can’t order online. In the past we’ve only allowed these offers to be purchased online, however, this year we are extending this offer to allow for Purchase Orders from qualified customers.


STB Suite EOY 2017 Offers







BAM Quick Start GuideBAM – Quick Start Guide


Bus Analyzer Module (BAM)

BAM – the STB Suite Bus Analyzer Module – is a powerful tool for capturing and analyzing I/O traffic to/from any storage device.

BAM can help you discover problems and their cause, help you confirm proper command operation , help you discover everything you need to understand exactly what is happening with your storage device and software.


Quick Start – Setup

Click on the BAM desktop icon.


Set Phases

confirm that the phases you are interested are selected for capture by clicking on the Gear (Phases) toolbar icon –


These are the “standard” phases to set – once you set phases BAM will remember your settings

Confirm or change the settings then click OK to save them


Select device(s) to capture

Click on the Disk toolbar icon to select one or more devices to monitor –


Start the capture

Click on the Green Arrow toolbar icon to start capturing I/O

Stop the Capture

When you have collected the I/O you are interested in click the red Stopsign toolbar icon to stop the capture



See some trace data

You should see captured data in the phase/data display area


Save the capture to a file

Click on File->Save Raw Data to save the trace to a file


Specify the folder and file name to save to


Advanced Features

Following is a quick introduction to some of BAMs advanced features

Real-Tme Monitoring

Clicking on the Performance Monitor tab will allow you to see the status of the I/O stream you are capturing –

The blue hand shows the highest, the white hand shows the average

The dials will reflect

            The IOPs/Second

            The Transfer Rate

            The Queue Depth

            The I/O Latency (time to complete a CDB)



Individual I/O Information

Details about any individual I/O phase may be seen here. Click on the phase you want to view in the phase display to choose

Raw Data detail

Select the phase to view in the phase view

At the bottom of the Raw Data view you can click Buffer Edit functions for more options, such as saving the data to a file, etc.



Trace Analysis

The trace Analysis tab will show a summary of several I/O metrics taken from your capture


I/O Statistics

The I/O Statistics tab will show a summary of all CDBs captured along with performance metrics.

If you are capturing data from more than one device each devices I/O will be shown separated by target


Search Trace Data

Clicking the Magnifier toolbar icon will bring up the search function

Enter your search data and click the magnifier button. Click the magnifier button again to go to the next occurrence, click Return to stop searching.


Set Triggers

The toolbar Flag icon lets you specify one or more triggers to stop capture


Display Mode

The two-yellow arrow icon on the toolbar switches capture display modes.

Performance mode is used when capturing fast or deep I/O. The phase data display will be updated every second or so, so as to not take time away from high-speed capture.

Capture Mode will display each I/O as it is captured. This can be useful when capturing only one or two I/Os

Add/Remove Columns

This option lets you specify which columns to display



The columns displayed are:

Ctr (Counter) the number within the trace of the I/O

Device the device the I/O is to/from

Phase Type – what type of data this is

CDB Desc – interpretation of the CDB

Data – some of the raw data for this phase

Data Length – the amount of data transferred in this I/O

Delta – the time between this I/O and the previous I/O

Date – a time/Date stamp for this I/O

Driver – what driver this I/O was generated by







What is Performa?

Performa is the STB Suite annual support and maintenance plan.

In most cases each purchase of the STB Suite includes 12 months of Performa coverage.

What does that coverage include?

  • Updates to the STB Suite
    • There are typically two major updates to the STB Suite per year. In between these major updates there are typically a number of maintenance updates which will be used to fix bugs and occasionally introduce new features.
    • With Performa coverage you are entitled to all of these.
  • Product Support
    • Performa coverage provides you with contact with our development team, to answer questions, discuss changes or improvements, etc. With decades of storage experience our support team is willing and able to help you.

      Our World-class support typically responds to email support issues within one hour!

  • New License discounts
    • SCSI Toolbox now offers attractive discounts on new licenses when you keep your licenses covered by the Performa program.
        • 1-3 licenses actively covered you’ll receive a 10% Performa Discount on New licenses.
        • 4-10 licenses actively covered you’ll receive a 15% Performa Discount on New licenses.
        • 11-20 licenses actively covered you’ll receive a 20% Performa Discount on New licenses.