Alibaba Cloud Computing Company
Peng Wu leads the Server Tech R&D Team which manages server research, planning, development, and innovation for Alibaba Infrastructure. Besides covering server architecture and system design, his team also works on customization efforts in component level R&D to meet Alibaba’s rapid growth. Before taking on his current role, he worked in the Data Center Infrastructure Team of AliYun (Ali Cloud). He also has six-year experience with Intel’s Asia & Pacific R&D Center focused on server development and product marketing/planning. He holds a master’s degree in physical electronics from the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications.
Abstract: Will Alibaba’s challenge be solved by Flash Memory?
In support of the leading Internet company in China, Alibaba’s infrastructure hosts one of the world’s most sophisticated ecosystems, as well as Ali Cloud, China’s leading Cloud Service Provider. To identify the best server and storage solutions, Alibaba’s Server Technology Team has been evaluating and testing innovative approaches including the use of flash memory since 2008. The presentation will provide an overview of Alibaba’s deployments and key applications of flash memory. It will also cover the critical challenges Alibaba’s infrastructure is facing and what the company would like to see from the flash memory industry.
Alibaba’s mission is to make it easy for its customers to do business anywhere. The company operates the world’s leading online and mobile marketplaces in retail and wholesale trade, as well as providing cloud computing and other services. Alibaba offers technology and services to enable consumers, merchants, enterprises, public organizations, and startups to grow and develop within its ecosystem. For more information, More information is available at Alibaba.
Vice President All-Flash Arrays
CTO and VP of Engineering
With 16 years’ in IT enterprise strategy, architecture and operations, Steve is a specialist in corporate IT transformations of local, national and global scale. Previously, Steve developed disaster recovery programs for global, regional and local data centers, and led Wacker Chemical’s deployment of virtualized hosting. He holds a B.S.M.E. from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon.
Abstract: Enterprises have a tremendous range of applications including databases, OLTP, VDI, and CRM/ERP. One size and type of flash memory simply won’t do the job everywhere. Instead, customers must deploy flash based on cost, performance, reliability and power and space requirements. Vendors must provide a comprehensive flash portfolio that supports the entire range of enterprise applications. They should make it easy for customers to decide the best mix of flash and traditional storage without the pain and disappointment of a hit or miss approach.
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business breakthroughs. Our commitment to living our core values and consistently being recognized as a great place to work around the world are fundamental to our long-term growth and success, as well as the success of our pathway partners and customers. More information is available at NetApp.
Vice President, Memory Marketing
Senior Vice President, Memory Solutions Lab
Bob Brennan leads Samsung’s Memory Solutions Lab (MSL), which is chartered with creating system and platform architectures aligned with the growth of Samsung’s memory business. MSL also develops and enables world-class products such as NVMe and PCIe flash drives. Before joining Samsung, Bob was the Lead Architect of Intel’s Datacenter System on Chip products, with his most recent focus on Intel’s storage and microserver products. During his 22-year Intel career, Bob also led many design teams, including Notebook System Architecture, Mobile SoC Architecture, and Communication Architecture. Bob holds a BSEE from Duke University and an MSEE from the University of Virginia.
Abstract: Evolution of Vertical-NAND and the New Data Center Era
NAND flash is taking on an ever-greater role in increasingly interconnected computing markets. Recently introduced V-NAND technology and other NAND advances will enable much more responsiveness in handling clouds and big data. Vertically integrated and TCO-optimized NAND solutions, including 3-bit technology, will have greater impact in hyperscale data centers. In addition, enterprise SSDs, such as V-NAND drives and PCIe NVMe SSDs, offer compelling benefits for data center managers. Furthermore, advances in NAND architecture will play an increasingly important role in propelling the cloud to new horizons, while major improvements in NAND performance, reliability, power efficiency and endurance reduce the data center TCO.
Samsung Semiconductor is a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. As the leader in advanced memory solutions for home, mobile, and office applications, Samsung Semiconductor is the world’s largest producer of DRAM, flash, SRAM, and high-end graphics memory. In addition, it is a major global producer of optical disk drives, hard drives, system logic, sensors, and controllers. Samsung also has emerged as the largest producer of LCD displays, providing the widest range of products for TVs, desktop monitors, notebook/netbook PCs, and mobile devices. Furthermore, Samsung provides fabless and fab-lite customers with state-of-the-art design and manufacturing at 90, 65, 45, and 32/28 nanometers. More information is available at Samsung.
VP, Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group
Derek Dicker is responsible for all aspects of enterprise SSD controller products and solutions. He was instrumental in creating and developing the NVM Solutions Group and in directing it to produce the industry’s first PCIe NVMe controller. He previously led the introduction of the 12G SAS product portfolio, which resulted in $50 million of new customer revenue for expanders. Derek joined PMC in 2010 as Vice President, Enterprise Storage Division Marketing. Before that, he was VP/GM for IDT’s Networking Division. Derek began his career at Intel, spending more than 10 years in OEM sales, marketing, strategic planning, and applications engineering positions.
Abstract: Software Defined Flash Solutions Herald an Era of Choice
Data centers are demanding more flexible and more agile storage. They want more choices that will allow them to both meet their current needs and adapt their infrastructure to handle rapid change and unexpected requirements. There is no one solution fits all for flash memory. Instead, the emerging shift from fixed form factors and black box controllers to software-defined flash will enable vendors to offer a range of solutions. It will have entries that cater to different priorities among such factors as density, latency, space, and cost. Cloud, big data, mobility, virtualization, and convergence are among the many trends requiring new levels of agility without higher cost or greater system complexity.
PMC (Nasdaq: PMCS) is the semiconductor and software solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store Big Data. Building on a track record of technology leadership, the company is driving innovation across storage, optical and mobile networks. PMC’s highly integrated solutions increase performance and enable next-generation services to accelerate the network transformation. More information is available at PMC.
VP/GM, Worldwide Server Solutions
Forrest Norrod is the Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Server Solutions for Dell. His team has developed Dell’s server solution portfolio, including the innovative and award winning Power Edge platforms. This ground-breaking initiative enables leading web giants and HPC hyperscale customers with solutions that address density, performance, and energy challenges at extreme scale. Norrod previously founded the Data Center Solutions (DCS) organization, where he served as VP and GM. He has also served as Dell’s Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer. Before joining Dell, Norrod held engineering and management positions at National Semiconductor, Hewlett-Packard, Licom, and Computer Sciences (CSC). He holds an MSEE and BSEE from Virginia Tech and has over a dozen US and international patents in computer graphics, processor design, and memory architectures.
Abstract: The Future of Flash Across the Enterprise
Ever more powerful CPUs have driven performance gains for recent generations of enterprise hardware. Now innovations in flash memory provide still another way to meet the continual need for applications to run faster and process more data. Flash has proven its value for I/O intensive applications. As flash-based devices mature and standards-based versions appear, they will take on more roles in the enterprise. Learn more about where flash will be used in the datacenter and how the industry can help spur user adoption.
Dell listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. More information is available at Dell.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, SanDisk Enterprise Storage Solutions
John Scaramuzzo is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of SanDisk's Enterprise Storage Solutions team. A 25-year veteran of the storage industry, he has held leadership roles at Seagate, Maxtor, Quantum, and Digital Equipment. Before joining SanDisk, he was president of SMART Storage Systems where he was responsible for driving and expanding the company's technology leadership and storage business in the enterprise, OEM, and channel markets, as well as in the related cloud, big data, and vertical industries. Scaramuzzo holds a BSEE from Boston University and a Master's in electrical science from Harvard University. He also holds three U.S. patents in the areas ofdisk drive technology and applications.
Abstract: The Flash Transformed Data Center & the Unlimited Future of Flash
Recent technological advances allow for the use of flash memory in almost every layer of the data center. It can be deployed in multiple forms, such as SATA, SAS, PCIe, or even DIMM slots, to fit into existing infrastructure. The advances also create new opportunities in server system design to meet changing application needs. SSDs have gained further ground on HDDs in terms of both cost and capacity. Coupling the gains with the lower power consumption, greater efficiency and scalability, and increased performance that SSDs deliver will make the “flash-transformed data center” into a reality.
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world's largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smart phones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide More information is available at SanDisk.
General Manager, Storage and Software Defined Systems
Vice-President and Business Line Executive IBM Flash Systems
Michael Kuhn is responsible for the business strategy and worldwide execution of flash optimized solutions, one of IBM’s fastest growing technologies. He leads a new business unit created through development and strategic acquisitions (including that of solid state memory pioneer Texas Memory Systems in 2012). His unit launched the product line recently named worldwide market leader in flash storage solid-state arrays (Gartner, 2013 report). He is focused on developing products to meet emerging enterprise requirements for big data, real-time analytics, cloud computing, mobile access everywhere, and high levels of security and availability.
Michael has over 25 years of experience with IBM delivering data center solutions, including being Vice-President of Lab Services and Training for all IBM Systems. He holds a BS degree from Penn State University and an MBA from the University of Scranton. He also attended the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Abstract: Flash Memory Can Harness the Power of Data
Analyzing big data in real-time is a major requirement for organizations today, since it is the key to both profitability and growth. Furthermore, they can gain a competitive advantage by using the results to serve their customers better. A balanced data-centric design is essential to creating an infrastructure that delivers real-time results where and when they are needed.
To meet this challenge, enterprise clients need strategic partners who offer a comprehensive set of IT infrastructure solutions. The solutions must be flash optimized, software defined, and data virtualized. With a billion dollar investment in such solutions, IBM is driving the adoption of flash memory in the data center, allowing enterprises to harness the potential of big data - the world's new natural resource.
IBM (NYSE: IBM) creates business value for clients and solves business problems through integrated solutions that leverage information technology and deep knowledge of business processes. IBM solutions typically create value by reducing a client’s operational costs or by enabling new capabilities that generate revenue. These solutions draw from an industry leading portfolio of consulting, delivery, and implementation services, enterprise software, systems, and financing. IBM serves clients in more than 170 countries around the world. More information is available at IBM.
Steve Wozniak, world-renowned as the co-founder of Apple, was the engineering force behind the launch of the home computer revolution. In 1976, he and Steve Jobs founded the company based on the Apple I personal computer (PC). In 1977, he introduced the Apple II PC, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. It was a key element in making PCs usable, relevant, affordable, and enjoyable.
As Fusion-io's chief scientist, Mr. Wozniak acts as a key technical advisor to the company’s R&D group. He also works closely with the executive team in expanding major global accounts.
Since leaving Apple in 1985, Mr. Wozniak has been involved in many business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools, stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. He also founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet, and Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose.
In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy, and Employment for "single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers."
Mr. Wozniak is also a published author with the release of his New York Times Best Selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006 from Norton Publishing.
Abstract: Fireside Chat with Steve Wozniak (the “Woz”)
Join the Fusion-io Chief Scientist and Apple co-founder as he shares his perspective on what is happening with flash memory and how it will impact our lives. He will focus on how flash has transformed technology in the past and what it is likely to do in the future. This is a unique opportunity to hear from one of Silicon Valley’s legends about the issues that drive our industry today
Fusion-io, the industry leader in system, application, and database acceleration, is unleashing the potential of performance-starved applications, allowing companies to rethink the way they architect their data systems. With a Fusion-Powered data center, companies can increase productivity, shrink time to market, and improve their customers’ experience, all with less hardware, less power, and less administration. Companies are seeing performance gains of many magnitudes and server consolidation from 3-10 times. Fusion-io is powering innovation that helps companies do more with less More information is available at Fusion-io.
VP SSD Business
Iri Trashanski is Vice President of SSD Business at Marvell Semiconductor, where he is responsible for marketing, product management, business development, and strategic planning across the SSD product line and market segments. He previously managed Marvell Corporate Development activities, including M&A, investments, and strategic licensing. Before joining Marvell, hewas Director of Strategic Business Development for SanDisk’s SSD product line where he was responsible for setting the product vision and direction and building strategic alliances with leading players in the PC and mobile computing markets. He has also held business development, sales, and marketing positions at M-Systems and Netezza.
Iri holds an MBA (magna cum laude) from Babson College in Boston, and an MA and BA in business administration and IT from the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel.
Abstract: The volume and variety of data continues to grow exponentially. Much of it is generated by individual users who are always connected and want real-time access anytime and from anywhere. Enterprises introduce further demands due to their increasing interest in performing real-time data analysis. With the explosion of data traffic, and the need for fast response time while maintaining low OPEX, the requirements for storage in the data center have become very different from those driving traditional enterprise systems. This presentation examines the trends and explores how client SSDs—the next wave of flash storage—can support massive data growth and enable real-time processing.
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a global leader in providing complete silicon solutions and Kinoma® software enabling the “Smart Life and Smart Lifestyle.” From mobile communications to storage, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud infrastructure, digital entertainment and in-home content delivery, Marvell’s diverse product portfolio aligns complete platform designs with industry-leading performance, security, reliability and efficiency. At the core of the world’s most powerful consumer, network and enterprise systems, Marvell empowers partners and their customers to always stand at the forefront of innovation, performance and mass appeal. By providing people around the world with mobility and ease of access to services adding value to their social, private and work lives, Marvell is committed to enhancing the human experience. More information is available at Marvell.
CEO and Co-Founder
Riccardo Badalone is a Co-Founder of Diablo Technologies and has served as a director since the company’s inception in 2003. Mr. Badalone has been CEO since 2007 and was previously the CTO. Before co-founding Diablo, Riccardo worked for Nortel Networks, where he was pivotal in delivering advanced Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) technologies for switching and framer applications. Riccardo has also been manager of the OEM Hardware design group at Matrox Graphics, where his team designed and supported desktop motherboard platforms for major PC OEMs. Riccardo holds a BSEE from Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada).
Abstract: The Path to Memory Convergence
Converged Memory architectures offer persistent storage with an access time close to that of dynamic memory. Such storage can help meet the performance requirements of both emerging applications and rising user demands. DRAM is memory. Flash is memory. Applications can now leverage the best qualities of both to achieve ground-breaking performance.
Founded in 2003, Diablo is at the forefront of developing breakthrough technologies to set the standard for next-generation enterprise computing. Diablo's Memory Channel Storage solution combines innovative software and hardware architectures with non-volatile memory to introduce a new and disruptive generation of Solid State Storage for data- intensive applications. More information is available at Diablo.
GM Server Hardware Engineering, Microsoft
Kushagra Vaid is the General Manager for Server Engineering in Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division. He is responsible for driving hardware R&D, engineering designs, deployments, and support for Microsoft’s cloud scale services, such as Bing, Azure, and Office 365, across global datacenters. The engineering effort also includes development for the OpenCloud Server (OCS) specification that Microsoft contributed to the Open Compute Project (OCP).
Kushagra joined Microsoft in 2007 as Principal Architect working on improving performance/power ratios for large cloud services, and contributed to the development of standardized energy efficiency benchmarks at the SPEC and TPC industry forums. He was also responsible for driving Microsoft’s datacenter hardware strategy and cloud optimized server designs, working closely with the broader hardware industry. Before joining Microsoft, Kushagra was a Principal Engineer at Intel where he drove the technology direction for Xeon microprocessors and platforms. He started his career as a CPU design engineer working on enterprise class CPUs and platforms.
Kushagra has presented several papers at international research conferences, and holds over 25 patents in computer architecture and datacenter design. He has been a featured speaker at industry conferences on cloud services, hardware engineering, and datacenter architecture.
Abstract: Designing SSDs for Large Scale Cloud Workloads
Cloud hosted applications can be extremely wide-ranging, including Internet search, Web hosting, email, media streaming, gaming, and social networking. Designing infrastructure for such diverse and varying workloads is challenging since it must account for reliability and performance at scale as well as power and cost. In the specific case of SSD usage, designers must make tradeoffs among performance, endurance, power, and cost carefully to optimize overall TCO. Practical experience provides guidelines for operating SSDs at scale, and design goals for custom SSDs targeted specifically at public cloud infrastructure.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. More information is available at Microsoft.
Nimbus Data Systems
Thomas Isakovich is CEO and founder of fast-growing Nimbus Data, where he oversees product strategy and development, sales, marketing, and manufacturing operations. He has led Nimbus Data to its current status of being voted for the second consecutive year as the Service and Support Leader and Market Leader in Unified All-Flash Systems from IT Brand Pulse. This leadership position was voted by an extensive survey of executives at major customer installations including leaders in the healthcare, manufacturing, education, retail, technology, government, and financial sectors. Thomas was previously CEO and founder of TrueSAN Networks, where he led the development of storage virtualization and multi-vendor SAN management software. He also has prior experience at Oracle spin-off Network Computer (also known as Liberate Technologies) and IBM Almaden Research Center. A frequent speaker on technology and entrepreneurship at universities and industry events, Thomas earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University
Abstract: All-Flash Arrays Solve Storage Problems Cost-Effectively
All-flash arrays enable data centers to run more efficiently, delivering lower power and better application performance, all in a remarkably small footprint. The TCO advantages are obvious, but moving to an all-flash IT infrastructure has been slowed by higher initial acquisition costs as compared to HDD-based systems. New measures of storage efficiency prove that an all-flash data center can be a reality today. Examples of all-flash deployments illustrate the actual cost/performance tradeoffs.
About Nimbus Data Systems:
Nimbus Data develops an award-winning portfolio of all-flash memory storage systems purpose-built for virtualization, databases, cloud infrastructure, and technical computing. Combining unified multiprotocol storage, comprehensive data management software, and patent-pending hardware architecture, Nimbus Data all-flash systems deliver the industry’s best performance, data center efficiency, scalability, and total cost of ownership. More information is available at Nimbus Data Systems.
Dr. Chris Rowen is the Chief Technology Officer for Cadence’s IP Group. He is developing extensible processor IP that can be configured easily into custom chips for applications in wireless, peripheral control, imaging, and other areas. He joined Cadence after its acquisition of Tensilica, the company he founded to develop extensible processors. He built Tensilica to the point where its processors had more than 200 licensees, including seven of the top 10 chip companies, who had shipped more than 2 billion cores. Before founding Tensilica, he was VP and General Manager of the Design Reuse Group at Synopsys. He also was a pioneer in developing RISC architecture and helped start MIPS Computer Systems, where he was Vice President for Microprocessor Development. He holds an MSEE and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford (working under John Hennessy) and a BA in physics from Harvard.
Abstract: Flexible Architectures for Scalable Flash Controllers
More flexible controller design methods are essential to support more advanced flash management and reduce cost, power, and design time. A new approach to flash management uses multiple specialized control engines based on an extensible data plane architecture. The approach can handle flash control channels, low-level device functions, flash translation layer, and optional low density parity check (LDPC) engines to deal with wear-out issues. It includes tight integration of flash PHY interfaces directly into the low-level processor to reduce energy consumption, bus contention, and latency. The design structure also allows architects to introduce new algorithms, instruction set features, and direct interfaces, thus differentiating their products and achieving higher levels of robustness and performance.
Cadence is a leading provider of EDA and semiconductor IP. Our custom/analog tools help engineers design the transistors, standard cells, and IP blocks that make up SoCs. Our digital tools automate the design and verification of giga-scale, giga-hertz SoCs at the latest semiconductor processing nodes. Our IC packaging and PCB tools permit the design of complete boards and subsystems. More information is available at Cadence.