GM, Advanced Research
Hideo Inoue is Project General Manager for the Future Project Division at Toyota’s Advanced Vehicle Research Project, where he focuses on planning for cutting-edge technologies. He was previously General Manager of the R&D Management Division and of the Integrated System Engineering Division. He has developed vehicle control technologies such as active safety systems and helped promote them in the marketplace. He has also worked on development of driver assistance, integrated safety, energy management, and intelligent transportation systems. He is a manager for the Japan Science and Technology Agency’s Autonomous Driving System project. He serves as a part-time lecturer at the Kyushu University and a Guest Professor at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. The holder of many patents in automotive technology, he has presented at such events as IEEE IEDM, IFAC Symposium on Advances in Automotive Control, and the FISITA World Automotive Conference.
Abstract: Driving Intelligence for Safe Automobiles
Japan faces a rapidly aging society. Two collaborative projects in intelligent vehicle research and development are currently underway to meet the associated challenges. The first is developing an intelligent driving system to achieve a safe, secure traffic society for elderly drivers. The second, the Smart Traffic Flow Control Project, is developing an advanced driver assistance system that can both enhance safe, secure driving and reduce congestion. Flash memory plays a key role in achieving the goals of safety, security, and improved traffic flow.
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $23 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. More information is available at Toyota.
Sr VP Flash Storage Systems
Oracle is shifting the complexity from IT, moving it out of the enterprise by engineering hardware and software to work together—in the cloud and in the data center. By eliminating complexity and simplifying IT, Oracle enables its customers—400,000 of them in more than 145 countries around the world—to accelerate innovation and create added value for their customers. More information is available at Oracle.
Corporate VP 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: Memory Technology Advances Shape a New Era in Flash Innovation
Semiconductor memory technology will advance tremendously over the next several years. The storage industry will benefit from better ways of designing flash memory chips, with greater stacking efficiency, reduced power consumption, and increased performance. There will also be bold efforts to harness NAND’s full potential, including the promise of adding storage intelligence to perform workload management. Solid state storage (SSDs), especially with 3D V-NAND, will mushroom in importance, achieving much higher bandwidth in such applications as all-flash arrays. Advances in memory technology will thus play a major role in achieving critical goals such as instant access, massive amounts of flash-based storage, instant connectivity, and instant relevance. So too, flash-optimized data centers will be able to much better support big data, real-time analysis, and the Internet of Things.
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.
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.
Shigeo (Jeff) Ohshima
Technology Executive, Memory Design and Application Engineering
Semiconductor and Storage Products Company
Jeff Ohshima is a member of the Semiconductor and Storage Products executive team at Toshiba, where he focuses on memory design and applications engineering. He was previously VP Memory Technology Executive at Toshiba America Electronic Components focused on flash memory with an emphasis on SSDs. He has also been Senior Manager R&D in the advanced NAND flash memory design department, responsible for 70 nm, 56 nm, 43 nm, and 32 nm part design. He has worked on memory at Toshiba for over 30 years, including 20 years on DRAM where he acted as a lead design for application specific memories and did technical marketing. Ohshima has served as a Visiting Research Scientist at Stanford University. He holds a BSEE and MSEE from Tokyo’s Keio University.
Abstract: Advances in 3D Memory: High Density Storage for Hyperscale, Cloud Applications. and Beyond
NAND flash storage is being deployed more widely as it delivers cost/performance benefits in hyperscale and cloud applications. Ever higher densities are necessary to provide more cost effective solutions and to meet rapidly increasing demand for storage. However, floating gate technology is reaching the limits of its scalability. The key to supporting higher densities for the storage market is a 48-layer 3D solution that will enable a smooth migration to 3D technology. High performance, lower power, increased efficiency, and scalability are essential to making competitive 3D memory-based storage solutions a practical reality.
Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, "Committed to People, Committed to the Future", Toshiba conducts global operations with the aim of securing "Growth Through Creativity and Innovation". The company is intent on helping reach the goal of a world in which people everywhere live in a safe, secure, and comfortable society. Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today's Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion). More information is available at Toshiba.
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: Disruptive Memory Technology Enables New In-Memory Applications
Applications are evolving to harness the potential of in-memory compute. Storage-centric architectures simply cannot keep pace with the demanding performance required by real-time analysis and large-scale big data processing.
A groundbreaking new memory solution will enable economical, real-time processing of many terabytes of data in a single server. As a result, storage and networking bottlenecks are eliminated, providing dramatic improvements in performance and extending in-memory compute to innovative new use cases.
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.
Sr VP NAND Product Strategy and Solution
Kyo Won Jin is Senior Vice President and Head of the NAND Division at SK Hynix. He is responsible for all NAND development activities from product planning through development and productization. He previously oversaw the DRAM Product Development Group and NAND Product Planning Office.
With his extensive 30 years of experience in DRAM and NAND design, product planning, and productization, Kyo Won has played a major role in SK Hynix’s turnaround, helping the company become a global leader. He also served as the Head of the Semiconductor Planning Office at SK Telecom (a wireless telecommunications operator in Korea) for two years where he acquired broad knowledge of business development in the telecom industry.
In recognition of his contributions to the semiconductor industry, he was awarded the Presidential Citation of the Republic of Korea. He holds a BS in physics from Seoul National University.
Abstract: Advances in Non-Volatile Memory Will Continue to Revolutionize Computing
NAND flash will keep on revolutionizing computing and applications for the near future. NAND flash, particularly its 3D version, will provide higher densities, lower prices, and much better performance for the next several years. Persistent memory and all-flash arrays will keep finding new users and new applications. The revolution in computing and applications will continue with greater emphasis on in-memory computing and intelligent storage. Research and technology to leverage 3D’s benefits in a wide range of storage applications such as mobile and computing will also continue. The idea will be to find the best approach for a variety of usage and workload scenarios.
About SK Hynix:
SK Hynix, headquartered in Korea, is a top tier semiconductor supplier providing Dynamic Random Access Memory chips (“DRAM”), flash memory chips ("NAND Flash") and CMOS image sensors to a wide range of global customers. More information is available at SK Hynix.
VP/GM Storage Business Unit
Darren Thomas is Vice President and General Manager of Micron’s Storage Business Unit, where he oversees the solid state storage business that ranges from hard disk drive replacements with solid state drives (SSDs) to enterprise-class storage solutions. He was previously VP/GM Storage at Dell, where he transformed the company from providing strictly OEM solutions to having its own distinct strategy and product lines, leading several acquisitions including EqualLogic and Compellent. He has also been VP/GM Storage at Compaq Computer, where he built the storage business to include server-based storage, midrange, and enterprise product lines. He has over 30 years of technical industry experience. An engineering graduate of the University of Memphis, Thomas was also instrumental in founding the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).
Abstract: When Will Flash Dominate Storage?
Everyone agrees that flash is the logical choice for primary storage. It is fast, low-power, rugged, all-electronic with no moving parts, long-lasting, small, and easy to interface to other semiconductor solutions. So why, even though flash has been around for a long time, is it still only 5% of total storage deployments worldwide? Will new semiconductor processes be sufficient to close the price gap with hard drives? When will the crossover occur? What role does software, especially tiering and data management stacks, play? How will 3D NAND affect the consumption and deployment of flash storage? Can flash storage move even further afield, such as into the cold data and deep archive spaces?
Micron is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor memory solutions. Micron’s DRAM, NAND and NOR flash components are used in today’s most advanced computing, networking, storage, and communications products, including computers, workstations, servers, storage arrays, cellphones, wireless devices, digital cameras, gaming systems, and many embedded applications. More information is available at Micron.
EVP Electronic Solutions/Cloud Systems and Solutions
Phil Brace is interim president for the Cloud Systems and Solutions and Electronics Solutions organizations, with responsibility for the full breadth of enterprise storage systems and services at Seagate.This includes Seagate's growth initiatives in cloud computing and solid state technology, optimized to build storage solutions for next-generation workloads and new levels of performance for OEM and cloud customers. Brace brings over 20 years of semiconductor and systems experience to his current role.
Earlier, Brace headed up Seagate’s Electronics Solutions organization. Before joining Seagate, he spent nine years at LSI in senior technology and business leadership roles, including executive vice president of the Storage Solutions Group, senior vice president and general manager of the Storage Peripherals Division, and senior vice president of the marketing communications, corporate communications, investor relations and strategic planning functions.
Earlier in his career, Brace worked at Intel, where he served as general manager of Server Platforms Group Marketing, leading the organization charged with worldwide product and technical marketing, including demand creation for technologies across all of Intel’s server business.
Brace received his MSEE from California State University, Sacramento and his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo (Canada).
Abstract: Flash and Hard Drives: A Winning Combination for Future Data Centers
Obviously, the amount of data is growing exponentially and is overwhelming most facilities. Big data, real-time analytics, video and image processing, mobile access everywhere, and the Internet of Things are all leading to needs for more storage and faster access. At the same time, costs must be reasonable, and legacy applications must be preserved. Future storage systems must combine flash memory and hard drives in an efficient, cost-sensitive manner. The industry must find ways to ensure that enterprises and other users get the most out of the storage they have and the most return for their dollars. The methods used to achieve this must be easy to implement, simple to administer, fully scalable, consistent in performance, and flexible enough to meet demands we cannot yet even imagine.
Seagate is the global leader in data storage solutions, developing amazing products that enable people and businesses around the world to create, share and preserve their most critical memories and business data. Over the years the amount of information stored has grown from megabytes all the way to geopbytes, confirming the need to successfully store and access huge amounts of data. As demand for storage technology grows the need for greater efficiency and more advanced capabilities continues to evolve..
Today data storage is more than just archiving; it’s about providing ways to analyze information, understand patterns and behavior, to re-live experiences and memories. It’s about harnessing stored information for growth and innovation. Seagate is building on its heritage of storage leadership to solve the challenge of getting more out of the living information that’s produced everyday. What began with one storage innovation has morphed into many systems and solutions becoming faster, more reliable and expansive. No longer is it just about storing information; it is about accessing and interpreting information quickly, accurately and securely. More information is available at Seagate.
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: Breaking Down the Barriers to PCIe SSD Adoption
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 Product Solutions Marketing
Leading organizations worldwide count on NetApp for software, systems and services to manage and store their data. Customers value our teamwork, expertise and passion for helping them succeed now and into the future. More information is available at NetApp.
Shachar Fienblit is CTO at Kaminario, a leading developer of flash storage arrays for enterprise applications. He is responsible for research, development, technology strategy and strategic roadmap for future growth. His major expertise is in real-time software development, architecture, performance optimization, and large-scale team management for storage products. Before becoming CTO, Shachar was Kaminario’s VP of Engineering and was responsible for developing Kaminario’s industry-leading K2 all-flash array. Before joining Kaminario, he was a Storage Development Architect in IBM’s Haifa Laboratory, where he was responsible for the architecture, definition, design, and development of enterprise storage products including DS8000 and SVC. He architected advanced copy functions for IBM’s backup, replication, and business continuity systems. He holds a BSc in computer science from Haifa University.
Abstract: All-Flash Arrays Require Scalable, Cost-Efficient Software-Defined Architectures
All-flash arrays are obviously a huge success in data centers. They offer much higher performance and lower TCO than HDD-based storage. But what kind of arrays will meet the challenges of big data, real-time analytics, mobile access everywhere, and the Internet-of-Things? Which will adapt better to rapid advances in flash technology? In the first place, architectures must be software-defined to meet new requirements and provide the flexibility that enterprises, clouds and hyperscale data centers demand. They must also be both scale-out and scale-up to allow cost efficient expansion without massive infrastructure or software changes, thus meeting data center requirements without overprovisioning capacity or performance. Designers cannot predict the future, but they can provide the flexible, cost-efficient, agile architectures data centers will surely need.
Kaminario is the leading provider of enterprise-class all-flash storage, delivering unparalleled cost efficiency, with an average price of $2/GB and the industry’s only guaranteed effective capacity. Built from the ground up to take advantage of the most modern flash SSD capabilities, Kaminario K2 is the only product to feature a true scale-out and scale-up architecture that allows organizations to grow capacity and performance based on their needs. The company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in Yoqneam, Israel, Silicon Valley and New York City, and backed by Sequoia, Pitango, Globespan, Tenaya, Silicon Valley Bank and others More information is available at Kaminario.
Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of flash-driven enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualization, file services and database applications. With Tegile’s line of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that accelerate business critical enterprise applications and allow customers to significantly consolidate mixed workloads in virtualized environments. More information is available at Tegile.