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2014 Session Descriptions

Pre-Conference Seminars
Seminar SOS - Scale-Out Servers
Organizers:
Chris Piedmonte, CEO, Suvola
Paul Teich, CTO / Senior Analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy

“The global [scale-out server] (microserver) market is expected to reach a value of $30 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 43.4% from 2013 to 2019.” – Transparency Market Research, June 2014

“[Scale-out servers] are a new category of system designed to shine when carrying out… well-defined computing workloads...” –  Nick Heath, Ziff-Davis, April 2014

Track Description:

Scale-out servers (sometimes called microservers) are high-density, low-power, low-cost servers well-suited to tasks that involve little computation such as Web service or VDI.  They operate best in scale-out applications, which can readily be run in parallel with little coordination.  Scale-out servers share power, cooling, and networking, thus reducing their space requirements and making them particularly good for megawebsites that require huge numbers of servers to handle relatively simple requests. Other possible applications include big data analytics (Hadoop-in-a-box), signal processing, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and clouds.  Issues include efficient management of the servers and the number of relatively homogeneous applications that can be identified. 

Intended Audience:

Hardware engineers and designers, telecom and network equipment architects, system engineers and analysts, engineering managers, product managers and product marketing managers; server engineers and specialists; data center, network, computer, and server managers; network engineers; consultants; and design services providers.

About the Organizers:

Chris Piedmonte is CEO of Suvola, a company focused on creating enterprise-class software and offering engineering and consulting services for scale-out servers.  He was previously co-founder and CTO of Algebraix Data, and founder/CEO of XSPRADA, where he developed enterprise data management software.  He was also founder/CEO of Eagle Creek Systems, which he built into a multimillion-dollar software engineering business.  He holds 8 patents in data management.  An expert in software technologies such as object-oriented analysis and design, applications and systems design, and development and project management, he has a BSEE from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. 

Seminar SP - Silicon Photonics (sponsored by Lightwave Magazine)
Organizers:
Joel Goergen, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems
Brice Achkir, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems

“…Although the [silicon photonics] market will grow by a factor of 3 in 5 years, business could explode after 2020 as inter and intra-chip communications could make this market grow by a factor of 10” – Eric Mounier, Yole Development

“…only silicon photonics holds the promise of making 100G more cost-effective than 10G and 40G nets..,” – Andy Bechtolsheim, Arista Networks

“Software-based storage will slowly but surely become a dominant part of every data center.” – IDC, 2013

Track Description:

Silicon photonics involves taking light, the world’s fastest communication technology, and building it directly into standard silicon-based CMOS semiconductor chips.  Silicon photonics can deliver cost-effective optical connectivity at all levels of communications systems.  Potential applications include data centers, high-performance computing, telecom networks, and commercial video systems. This is particularly important in applications with data rates above 10 Gbps where electrical circuits run into major signal integrity problems.

Issues in determining whether silicon photonics will succeed include light sources, cost-effective methods for getting light in and out of the chips, packaging, power, scalability, data rates, and distance limitations. A major current question is whether silicon photonics is ready to take on the challenge of 100GbE and whether chips can be produced with viable features and reasonable yields at market prices.  

Intended Audience:

Hardware engineers and designers, communications and telecom equipment architects, engineering managers, optics specialists, high-speed circuit designers, product managers and product marketing managers; telecommunications system engineers and designers; network engineers; consultants; and design services providers.

About the Organizers:

Joel Goergen is a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems focused on high-speed communications interfaces and standards. He was previously Vice-President of Technology and Chief Scientist for Force10 Networks. He has more than 25 years of research experience in high-speed analog signaling. He previously headed research projects focused on high-speed copper signaling at Bell Labs, Ascend Communications, Transition Networks, and MTS Systems. An active participant in standards bodies, he contributed significantly to the Gigabit, 10-Gigabit, and 40/100-Gigabit Ethernet standards. He has also worked on fast, narrow copper or optical interfaces and on baseline channel model definitions. He has been awarded 15 patents.  He holds a BSEE and a BA in mathematics from St. Cloud State University (MN). 

Brice Achkir is a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, focusing on high-speed architecture/design and signal/power integrity. His research interests include high-speed digital and mixed-signal designs, active and adaptive optics, and networking.  He has also done research and development in optics, where he focuses on next generation technologies and architectures.  With Cisco since 2000, he has previous experience with many companies including ITF Optical Technologies, Beltron, SCI, and IRH.  He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in applied physics, physics, and electrical engineering. 

Seminar SDS - Software-Defined Storage (sponsored by Microsoft)
Organizers:
Jim Pinkerton, Architect, Microsoft
S.W. Worth, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Bernie Wu, President, ProphetStor

“Software-defined storage is the next big trend.  SDS enables agile and elastic storage through automated processes that can adapt to changing I/O demands” – Paul Venezia, New Tech Forum, April  2014

“…storage provisioning and management is a significant bottleneck for 58 percent of enterprise cloud deployments.” – EMEA Research, 2013

Track Description:

Storage is a continual pain point for many current deployments, particularly clouds. Software-defined storage (SDS) abstracts storage services from the hardware, thus allowing from great operating efficiency.  SDS reduces management complexity and provides inexpensive scaling. Centers can use commodity hardware, as well as their existing infrastructure. SDS allows for distribution, including storage that may actually be cloud-based. 

Intended Audience:

Hardware engineers and designers, telecom and network equipment architects, system engineers and analysts, engineering managers, product managers and product marketing managers; server engineers and specialists; data center, network, computer, and server managers; network engineers; consultants; and design services providers.

About the Organizers:

Jim Pinkerton is currently an architect in Microsoft’s Windows Server Group. His primary role is designing private cloud solutions, including networking, storage, fabric, and management at scale. Previously Jim was a storage architect on advanced scale-out file servers, and was the lead architect on SMB3, a next generation file access protocol that supports transparent server and network failover, high performance fabrics, peer-to-peer distributed access, and highly optimized WAN/branch office access. He also helped deliver the Windows NFSv4.1 server, iSCSI target, and other storage innovations. He has also been a network architect in the Windows core networking team, working on scalable networking technologies and advanced network device interfaces such as RDMA, IPSec, RSS, and the Chimney architecture.

Jim has helped create standards within SNIA, IETF, ANSI T11, InfiniBand Trade Association, and the RDMA Consortium, including co-chairing technical working groups and authoring specifications. He has also helped create industry interoperability events through both SNIA and the UNH IOL Consortium.

Before joining Microsoft, Jim was a principal engineer at Silicon Graphics, working on high speed networking, storage, and HPC.  He holds a BSEE from MIT and a master’s in computer science from the University of New Mexico. 

SW Worth is a Sr. Standards Program Manager at Microsoft, and an elected member of the SNIA Board of Directors. 

Bernie Wu is currently President of ProphetStor, a company focused on applying software-defined storage to handle big data and cloud applications.  He is responsible for general management, business development, and strategic sales.  He was previously Executive VP Business Development at FalconStor Software, where he was responsible for all data storage industry partnerships.  He also oversaw the business unit responsible for the massively scalable file system and led cloud storage and services enablement efforts.  Before joining FalconStor, he held executive positions at Trend Micro, Cheyenne Software, and Conner Peripherals.  He holds an MBA from UCLA and BS and MS degrees in engineering from UC Berkeley.

Tuesday, November 11th - Pre-Conference Seminars - Details
8:45-10:15am
Seminar SOS: Scale-Out Servers
Session SOS-1: Introduction
Chairperson: Paul Teich, CTO / Senior Analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy
Instructors:
Introduction to Scale-Out Servers: Markets and Technology
Sameh Boujelbene, Director, Dell'Oro Group
Scale-Out Servers: SoC Solutions for Power-Efficient, Scalable Applications
Jeff Underhill, Director Server Programs, ARM
TBD
Stavros Kalafatis, Director Strategic Planning, Intel
8:45-10:15am
Seminar SP: Silicon Photonics
Session SP-1: Introduction
Chairperson: Stephen Hardy, Editorial Director / Associate, Lightwave Magazine
Instructors:
Introduction to Silicon Photonics: Markets and Technology
Jeff Underhill, Director Server Programs, ARM
Is It Time to Switch to Optical Interconnects
Joel Goergen, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems
Silicon Photonics Markets in the Data Center
Alan Weckel, VP Enterprise and Data Center Market Research, Dell'Oro Group
About the Chairperson:

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave, where he is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the website, email newsletters, events, e-zine, and other information products. He has covered the fiberoptics space for over 15 years, and communications and technology for over 25 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. He previously worked for Portable Design magazine, Telecommunications magazine, and the Journal of Electronic Defense.  He holds an MA from Brown University and a BA Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

8:45-9:45am
Seminar SDS: Software Defined Storage
Session SDS-1: Introduction
Chairperson: SW Worth, Program Manager, Microsoft
Instructors:
Software-Defined Storage: The Right Answer for Data Centers in the Big Data/Cloud Era
Ashish Nadkarni, Research Director, IDC
Managing Software-Defined Storage at Cloud Scale
Bernie Wu, President, ProphetStor
Overview of Software-Defined Storage Markets
Chris DePuy, VP, Dell'Oro Group
9:45-10:15am
Siddhartha Roy
Keynote SDS-1: Leveraging High-Volume Hardware with Software-Defined Storage
Speaker: Siddhartha Roy, Software Defined Storage Strategist, Microsoft
Introducer: Chris DePuy, VP, Dell'Oro Group
Abstract:

Like the popular software-defined networking (SDN), software-defined storage allows data centers to leverage high-volume hardware with software-enabled functionality. Specific workload requirements are then managed in software, rather than handled in hardware. Data centers can thus move to a model in which they provide private cloud solutions for internal or hosted customers, scalable and optimized to specific workload requirements. The idea is to combine all the software-defined approaches to create a software-defined data center, including software-defined storage as a key component. This methodology has been proven to work successfully at hyperscale.

About the Speaker:

Siddhartha Roy is a Software-Defined Storage Strategist at Microsoft. He has been involved with storage, server, and management product development for over 20 years. He manages the Windows File Server, Storage, and Clustering teams, which deliver enterprise private cloud storage. His team plans and delivers file, availability and storage foundational services in Windows Server, including file/block access (SMB3, NFS v4.1, iSCSI), distributed and cluster file systems, namespaces, replication, clustering, HADR, scale out file services, and distributed private cloud storage. He played a key role in driving the Windows Server 2012/R2 software defined storage strategy and activities across Microsoft teams. He holds a Bachelors degree in computer science and engineering from Jadavpur University (India) and a Master’s in computer science from the University of Connecticut. He is a co-inventor on several patents.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. More information is available at Microsoft.

10:30am-Noon
Seminar SOS: Scale-Out Servers
Session SOS-2: Current Implementations
Chairperson: Brian Zahnstecker, Consultant, PowerRox
Instructors:
Workload Optimized Processors for Next Generation Clouds and Data Centers
Rishi Chugh, Director Product Marketing, Cavium
Low-Power, Right-Sized Enterprise Server Solutions
Chris Bergen, Senior Director Technology / Server Solutions, Applied Micro
The DOME Microserver Project
Ronald Luijten, Data Motion Architect, IBM Zurich
About the Chairperson:

Brian Zahnstecher is a consultant with PowerRox, where he focuses on power design, integration, system applications, and OEM market penetration for the power electronics area.  He previously held positions in power electronics with Emerson Network Power, Cisco, and Agilent, where he advised on best practices, oversaw product development, managed an international team, and designed and optimized voltage regulators.  He has over 10 years of industry experience.  He holds Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute

10:30am-Noon
Seminar SP: Silicon Photonics
Session SP-2: Devices and Modules
Chairperson: Arion Martin, Senior Director Marketing, Mellanox

Instructors:
Silicon Photonics-Based Transceivers: From Standalone System-in-Package to Embedded Solutions
Sylvie Menezo, Head/Integrated Photonics Programs, CEA-Leti
Enabling Flexible Datacenter Interconnect Networks with WDM Silicon Photonics
Eric Hall, VP Business Development, Aurrion
Monolithic Integration Leads to Improved High-Bandwidth Interconnect Devices
Alfredo Viglienzoni, Senior VP Marketing, Skorpios Technologies
About the Chairperson:

Arlon Martin is currently Senior Director of Marketing at Mellanox Technologies with responsibilities for silicon photonics and interconnect products. Before joining Mellanox, Arlon was VP Marketing at Kotura, a silicon photonics company acquired by Mellanox. He previously held executive management and product development positions at Agility Communications, a tunable laser company, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Arlon participates in the IEEE standards committees for 40, 100, and 400Gb/s Ethernet, the Ethernet Alliance, and the CDFP-MSA, a new 400Gb/s pluggable transceiver standard.  He holds an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

10:30am-Noon
Seminar SDS: Software Defined Storage
Session SDS-2: Implementations
Chairperson: Anil Vasudeva, President, IMEX Research
Instructors:
Creating an Open Source Storage Network Using Commodity Hardware
Ed Blackmond, Director Software Services, Themis Computer
Delivering Standards-Based SDS Framework with OpenStack SSDS Controller
Anjaneya (Reddy) Chagam, Principal Engineer / Lead SDS Architect, Intel
Making a Successful Transition to Software-Defined Storage
Clod Barrera, Distinguished Engineer / Chief Technical Strategist, IBM
About the Chairperson:

Anil Vasudeva is Founder, CEO, and Chief Analyst at IMEX Research, a technology research and consulting company. He is a consulting advisor to companies ranging from startups to IT-100 and Wall Street banking firms on next generation data centers, cloud computing, blade servers, and high-performance computing. A 25-year computer industry veteran, Mr. Vasudeva held senior marketing and management positions at Destiny Technologies, Fujitsu, Ricoh, Memorex, and Unisys. He has been an invited speaker at IT conferences worldwide and has published many industry reports and trade journal articles. He holds an MSEE from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara, and did Ph.D. studies at UCLA.

1:00-1:30pm
Jon Masters
Keynote SOS: A Fireside Chat with Jon Masters of Red Hat
Speaker: Jon Masters, Chief ARM Architect, Red Hat
Interviewer: Rick Merritt, Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, EE Tmes
About the Speaker:

Jon Masters works on the Fedora ARM project. He has been a Linux developer for more than 18 years, since beginning university at age 13. He is the author of a number of books on the Linux operating system, including Building Embedded Linux Systems and the upcoming Porting Linux. An accomplished musician and hiker, he also enjoys unicycling among other hobbies

About Red Hat

Red Hat is at the forefront of open source software development for enterprise IT, with a broad portfolio of products and services for commercial markets. That vision for developing better software is a reality, as CIOs and IT departments around the world rely on us to deliver solutions that meet their business needs. Solutions that provide technology leadership, performance, security, and unmatched value to more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies.* Trusted and innovative solutions preparing them for the future of IT. More information is available at Red Hat.

1:00-1:30pm
Mario Paniccia
Keynote SP: A Fireside Chat with Mario Paniccia of Intel
Speaker: Mario Paniccia, Fellow / GM Silicon Photonics Operation, Intel
Interviewer: Stephen Hardy, Editorial Director / Associate Publisher, Lightwave Magazine
About the Speaker:

Mario Paniccia joined Intel in 1995 as a lead researcher developing a novel optical testing technology for probing transistor timing in microprocessors. Today this optical testing technology is the standard in the industry. During his tenure at Intel he has served in various roles from research and development to strategic direction setting to driving the development and commercialization of technologies needed to enable optical communications and/or optical interconnects in and around Intel platforms. Paniccia started Intel's research in the area of Silicon Photonics and currently leads the business unit driving silicon photonics product commercialization, which includes engineering, business, and strategy as well as defining future generation products.

About Intel

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world's first commercially available "conflict-free" microprocessors. More information is available at Intel.

1:00-1:30pm
Chuck Hollis photo
Keynote SDS-2: A Fireside Chat with Chuck Hollis of VMware
Speaker: Chuck Hollis, Chief Strategist, VMware
Interviewer: Rich Castagna, VP / Editorial Storage Media Group, TechTarget
About the Speaker:

Chuck Hollis has recently joined VMware in a new role, and is quite enthused! Previously, he was with EMC for 18 years, most of them great. He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

About VMware

VMware is the industry-leading virtualization software company. Our technologies simplify IT complexity and streamline operations, helping businesses become more agile, efficient and profitable. By virtualizing infrastructure—from the data center to the cloud to mobile devices—we enable IT to deliver services from any device, anytime, anywhere. More information is available at VMware.

1:30-2:45pm
Seminar SOS: Scale-Out Servers
Session SOS-3: Software
Chairperson: Pete Jarvis, VP, TidalScale
Instructors:
Enterprise-Grade Software for SoC-Based Scale-Out Servers
Chris Piedmonte, CEO, Suvola
Enabling Server Class Workloads For ARM Servers
George Grey, CEO, Linaro Enterprise Group
TBD
Christian Reis, VP Hyperscale, Canonical
About the Chairperson:

Pete Jarvis is VP at TidalScale, which is developing a platform for scalable big data applications.  He has over 20 years experience managing complex business and technology organizations with an emphasis on starting and scaling companies, bringing new products to market, and developing customer focused solutions.  He is a member of the IAM Strategy 300, the world’s 300 most influential intellectual property strategists.  He previously worked for the Center for Technology Advancement, Intellectual Ventures, Microsoft, Nortel Networks, and 3Com. His achievements include receiving the Nortel Networks Presidents Award for developing the CentrexIP gateway and soft client product solution, helping launch Microsoft Lync, and helping develop the 3Com Transcend Enterprise Manager.  He holds a BSc Honors in Computer Science from The University of Wolverhampton. 

1:30-2:45pm
Seminar SP: Silicon Photonics
Session SP-3: Solutions
Chairperson: Brice Achkir, Distinguised Engineer, Cisco Systems

Instructors:
Lower Interconnect Costs with Wave Division Multiplexing
Arlon Martin, Senior Director of Marketing, Mellanox
Silicon Photonics Technologies for Next-Generation Data Center Connectivity
Jeff Hutchins, Director Buisiness Development, Ranovous
About the Chairperson:

Brice Achkir is a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, focusing on high-speed architecture/design and signal/power integrity. His research interests include high-speed digital and mixed-signal designs, active and adaptive optics, and networking.  He has also done research and development in optics, where he focuses on next generation technologies and architectures.  With Cisco since 2000, he has previous experience with many companies including ITF Optical Technologies, Beltron, SCI, and IRH.  He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in applied physics, physics, and electrical engineering. 

1:30-2:45pm
Seminar SDS: Software Defined Storage
Session SDS-3: Services
Chairperson: Sudhakar Muddu, CEO, Caspida
Instructors:
Implementing Data Services for Software-Defined Storage
Yoram Novick, CEO, Maxta
Increasing Resiliency, Performance, and Capacity with Software-Defined Storage
George Teixeira, CEO, DataCore Software
About the Chairperson:

Sudhakar Muddu is CEO at Caspida, a cybersecurity startup.  He was previously VP/GM Big Data and Cloud Analytics at VMware where he led product vision, strategy, product development, R&D, and marketing for cloud and enterprise customers.  A serial entrepreneur, he has been CEO and Founder of Cetas, a cloud big data analytics company, Kazeon Systems, an e-discovery software company, and Sanera Systems, a storage networking company.  He has experience at SGI and IBM as well.  He holds MS and PhD degrees in computer science from UCLA.                          

3:00-4:00pm
Seminar SOS: Scale-Out Servers
Session SOS-4: Applications and Solutions
Chairperson: Dave Bursky, Technology Editor, Chip Design Magazine
Instructors:
Scaling Your Application the Easy Way
Pete Jarvis, VP, TidalScale
EEMBC Cloud and Big-Data Server Working Group
Markus Levy, CEO, EEMBC
About the Chairperson:

Dave Bursky is one of the most respected and most experienced technical journalists in the Silicon Valley.  He is currently Principal at PRN Engineering Services and Contributing Editor to Chip Design and Embedded Intel Magazines.  Best known for his over 30-year tenure as an Editor at Electronic Design Magazine, he has also been Technical Editorial Manager at Maxim Integrated Products and Semiconductor Editor at CMP Media.  He holds MSEE and BSEE degrees from City University of New York. 

3:00-4:00pm
Seminar SP: Silicon Photonics
Session SP-4: System-Level Issues
Chairperson: Sylvie Menezo, Head / Integrated Photonics Programs, CEA-Leti

Instructors:
50Gb/s Per Lane Electrical and Optical Technology: The Next Generation of Server I/O
Chris Cole, Director, Finisar
Silicon Photonics: The Road to Commercialization
Brian Welch, Director Product Marketing, Luxtera
About the Chairperson:

Sylvie Menezo is the Head of Integrated Photonics Programs at CEA-Leti, a French research-and-technology organization focused on technology transfer.  She leads the IRT Nanoelec-Photonics French project, an open consortium developing CMOS fabrication techniques and high-performance hybrid circuits, integrated design flows compliant with existing ones in microelectronics, and low-cost assembly and fiber packaging techniques. Her main area of interest is in the research, design, and prototyping of optical communications links based on silicon photonics devices and CMOS electronic circuits.

She has previous experience with Sercel (where she built and led the optical technologies R&D laboratory) and Alcatel Corporate Research Center (where she developed a semiconductor laser pump for telecom applications).  She holds a PhD in optoelectronics from Centre National d’Etude des Telecommunications (France).

3:00-4:00pm
Seminar SDS: Software Defined Storage
Session SDS-4: Applications
Chairperson: George Teixeira, CEO, DataCore Software
Instructors:
Evolution of the Cloud Data Center
Kelly Murphy, Founder / CTO, GridStore
Time Warner Cable: A Case History for Software-Defined Storage and OpenStack
Joe Arnold, CEO, SwiftStack
4:00-5:00pm
Seminar SOS: Scale-Out Servers
Session SOS-5: Panel on Future of Scale-Out Servers
Chairperson: Sameh Boujelbene, Director, Dell'Oro Group
Panelists:
Lakshmi Mandyam, Director Server Systems, ARM
Karl Freund, VP Marketing / Server Products, AMD
Chris Piedmonte, CEO, Suvola
Paul Teich, CTO / Senior Analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy
Stavros Kalafatis, Director Strategic Planning, Intel
Pekka Varis, CTO Catalog Processors, Texas Instruments
Susan Blocher, VP Product Management, HP
About the Chairperson:

Sameh Boujelbene is responsible for Dell'Oro Group's controller and adapter market research program. She was previously a Solution Sales Manager with Nokia Siemens Networks, where she focused on broadband access and IP connectivity solutions for mobile and fixed operators. She holds an MBA from San Jose State University and a Master's Degree in Telecommunication from Higher Engineering School of Communication in Tunisia.

4:00-5:00pm
Seminar SP: Silicon Photonics
Session SP-5: Panel on Future of Silicon Photonics
Chairperson: Daryl Inniss, VP / Practice Leader Components, Ovum

Panelists:
Victor Krutul, Director Silicon Photonics, Intel
Brian Welch, Director Product Marketing, Luxtera
Sylvie Menezo, Head / Integrated Photonics Programs, CEA-Leti
Joel Goergen, Distinguisehed Engineer, Cisco Systems
Chris Cole, Director, Finisar
About the Chairperson:

Daryl Inniss leads Ovum’s Components research stream, focusing on optical components and physical media-dependent integrated circuits used in telecom and datacom networks. Daryl’s syndicated research includes market forecasts, market share reports, and technology analyses. He currently focuses on reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs), the technologies needed to support both 40Gbps and 100Gbps line and client transmission, and supplier strategies to build sustainable businesses.

Before joining Ovum, Daryl was a technical manager at JDS Uniphase and Lucent Technologies’ Bell Laboratories. He has published more than 25 technical papers and has presented invited papers at ECOC, OFC, FOE, and Gordon Research Conferences.  He has been awarded 15 patents. Daryl holds a PhD in Chemistry from UCLA and an AB from Princeton University.

4:00-5:00pm
Seminar SDS: Software Defined Storage
Session SDS-5: Future of Software-Defined Storage
Chairperson: Ashish Nadkami, Research Director, IDC
Panelists:
Anil Vasudeva, President, IMEX Research
Thomas Cornely, Chief Product Officer, Nexenta
Anjaneya (Reddy) Chagam, Principal Engineer / Lead SDS Architect, Intel
Rick Walsworth, Director Product Marketing, EMC
Mike Davis, Director Storage Solutions Management, Dell
Cameron Bahar, VP / Global CTO, Huawei
About the Chairperson:

Ashish Nadkarni is a Research Director in IDC's Storage Systems and Software research practice. He provides detailed insight and analysis on industry trends, vendor performance, and the impact of new technology adoption. Mr. Nadkarni is responsible for producing and delivering timely, in-depth market research with a specific focus on file and object-based storage, storage for and in the cloud, and storage for Big Data and Analytics. He also co-leads IDC's Big Data Global Overview program, in addition to managing the infrastructure component of that program.

Since entering the IT industry in 1997, Mr. Nadkarni has held high-level engineering, consulting, and product management positions at Bose, CSC, GlassHouse Technologies, and AutoVirt.

Ashish received his MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College and his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Physics from the University of Pune.

5:15-6:15pm
OPEN - Plenary: The Software-Defined Datacenter
Organizer: Randy Cross, Director Product Management, Avaya
Chairperson: Ben Woo, Founder / Managing Director, Neuralytix
Panelists:
Bob Pierce, Senior Architect Computer and Storage Products, Altera
Randy Cross, Director Product Management, Avaya
Robert Novak, Director System Architecture, Nexenta
Clod Barrera, Distinguished Engineer / Chief Technical Strategist, IBM
Balaji Pitchaikani, Senior Director Product Management, Dell
Session Description:

The software-defined data center (SDDC) is a new concept in which all data center infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service. Control is fully automated by software, meaning hardware configuration is maintained through intelligent software systems. SDDC is the next step in advancing virtualization and cloud computing as it supports both legacy enterprise applications and new cloud computing services.  SDDC has four core components: network virtualization, server virtualization, storage virtualization, and security. Deployment, provisioning, configuration, and operation are all handled through a software layer rather than through direct access to the hardware.  The idea here is to increase flexibility, improve responsiveness, simplify upgrades, and avoid dependence on proprietary hardware and software.  Issues include system complexity, excessive overhead, ability to handle legacy applications, lack of management tools, and the difficulty of combining components with greatly different characteristics under a single umbrella. 

Intended Audience:

Marketing and sales managers, technology managers, CTOs, product planners and designers, marketing and product engineers, sales engineers, product managers, server and storage designers and marketers, marketing consultants, data center and network managers and engineers, and systems engineers, analysts, and integrators.

About the Organizer:

As a Director at Avaya, Randy Cross has responsibility for solution strategy and market development.  He ensures that product roadmaps lead to customer focused end-to-end solutions. He has over 15 years experience with customers in enterprise, government, and service provider markets. He previously worked at Avaya, where he evangelized cloud strategy.  A dual CCIE, he also spent over 8 years at Cisco focused on disaster recovery, security, and video distribution in both data and telecom centers. He holds a BSEE from the University of Texas at Austin.

About the Chairperson:

Ben Woo is the Founder and Managing Director of Neuralytix, an analyst firm focused on the data and information industry.  Mr. Woo is a frequent speaker at industry and customer events worldwide and is often quoted by leading business and technology press outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Information Week.  He is an advisor to Wall Street clients and leading storage manufacturers.  Before founding Neuralytix, Mr. Woo was Program Vice President of IDC’s Worldwide Storage Systems Research, where he initiated the research on big data.  He previously held management positions at Network Appliance and MTI Technology. 

6:30-7:30pm
OPEN - Plenary: What the Financial Industry Wants from Server and Storage Technology
Organizer: Jacob Hall, VP Systems Architect Wholesale Strategic Architecture, Wells Fargo
Chairperson: Paul Gallico, VP Client / Business Development, Oktay Technology
Panelists:
Jacob Hall, VP Systems Architect Wholesale Strategic Architecture, Wells Fargo
Rick McCarthy, Head Buy-Side Sales North America, Misys
Robert Ortega, Principal Enterprise Strategist, Microsoft
Steve Yatko, Founder / CEO, Oktay Technology
David Hatch, E-Business Consultant, Wells Fargo Bank
Session Description:

The financial industry is obviously concerned with taking advantage of the latest advances in server and storage technology, along with related enterprise infrastructure and applications.  Managing big data, providing real-time analytics, and offering immediate access anytime anywhere are all essential for financial institutions.  Today’s worldwide financial markets process huge amounts of data 24 hours per day, manage trillions of dollars, and work on margins of microseconds or less.  However, there has long been a disconnect between major financial institutions and major centers of technology.  In particular, US financial markets are largely in the East and Midwest, whereas the biggest technology center is in the Silicon Valley.  This session is an effort to bridge that gap by giving financial industry leaders an opportunity to explain their needs and hear from Silicon Valley technologists about their latest offerings.

Intended Audience:

Marketing and sales managers, technology managers, CTOs, product planners and designers, marketing and product engineers, sales engineers, product managers, server and storage designers and marketers, marketing consultants, and systems enginers, analysts, and integrators.

About the Organizer:

Jacob Hall is VP/Systems Architect Wholesale Strategic Architecture and Innovation Wrangler at Wells Fargo.  He currently manages a team and portfolio of over 200 laboratory projects.  He has created a global incubator and accelerator that has successfully promoted a culture of innovation.  His projects have contributed to new revenue, improved operational efficiency, delivered new business capabilities, and improved time to market.  He has also supported technology industry entrepreneurs, VC partners, and internal business teams through advisory and mentoring roles.  He has 20 years experience in the financial industry including previous positions with Wachovia and First Union.  He holds a Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a BS in Information Technology from Capella University. 

About the Chairperson:

Paul Gallico is VP Client/Business Development at Oktay Technologies, an advisor on enterprise computing for large-scale financial and analytic trading systems.  An IT professional for over 35 years, he was previously an Account Executive at Dell, responsible for business development with hedge funds, financial exchanges, law firms, retailers, and other financial services companies.  He also has been a Principal at VirtualIQ, where he provided business advisory and sales expertise to emerging technology companies.  Before joining VirtualIQ, he held IT leadership positions at AIG, Prudential, Chase, Toys R Us, and Merck.  He has a BS in Information Technology Management from Kean University (New Jersey). 

Wednesday, November 12th
Track Organizers:
Track A: Compute / Microservers
Organizers:
Jeff Underhill, Segment Marketing Manager, ARM
Lakshmi Mandyam, Director Server Systems, ARM
Track B: Networking
Organizers:
Jacob Hall, VP Systems Architect Wholesale Strategic Architecture, Wells Fargo
Track C: Storage / Performance
Organizers:
Jean Bozman, Enterprise Solutions Marketing Manager, SanDisk
K.R.S. Murthy, CEO, I3 World
Session Details:
8:30-9:45am
Session A-101: CoreOS: A New Linux for Highly Scalable Applications (Compute / Microservers Track)
Chairperson: Sachin Desai, Performance Architect, Graphite Systems
Paper Presenters:
CoreOS: A New Linux for Dynamically Scalable Environments
Brandon Phillips, CTO, CoreOS
etcd: Service Discovery for Dynamically Scalable Environments
Brandon Phillips, CTO, CoreOS
Session Description:

CoreOS is a new Linux distribution that has been rearchitected to provide features needed to run modern infrastructure stacks.  It provides a large-scale platform for building reliable distributed systems.  Its key technologies include the fleet cluster manager, the etcd key value store, and the docker container manager.  The strategies and architectures that influence CoreOS allow companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter to run their services at scale with high resilience. 

etcd provides easy to use distributed locking and service discovery.  It has an accessible API that exposes a powerful set of primitives.  The etcd community provides extensive libraries and tools to support it.

Intended Audience:

Hardware and software designers, engineering managers, server designers, systems and software engineers, systems analysts and integrators, marketing and product engineers and managers, technology managers, test engineers, network and server managers and engineers.

About the Chairperson:

Sachin Desai is a Performance Architect at Graphite Systems, a startup in the enterprise architecture area.  He has previous experience with Riverbed Technology, Motorola, and Kazeon Systems.  His focus is on Linux and other open-source software products.  He holds a Master’s in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and a BS in Computer Science from University of California Santa Cruz. 

8:30-9:45am
Session B-101: Networking Architectures (Networking Track)
Chairperson: Jacob Hall, VP Systems Architect Wholesale Strategic Architecture, Wells Fargo
Paper Presenters:
Creating Massively Scalable Hardware Solutions from Commodity Servers
Emilio Billi, CTO, A3Cube
Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI): Infrastructure for Agile Application Deployment
David Klebanov, Technical Solutions Architect, Cisco Systems
OpenStack and Network Virtualization for the Software-Defined Data Center
Randy Cross, Director Product Management, Avaya
Energy Efficient Cloud Computing
Jathin Ullal, Marketing Manager, HP
Session Description:

Networks must change in an era of clouds, megawebsites, and big data.  They must become more agile, as reflected in the emergence of SDN, ACI, and network virtualization.  They also must be scalable through the use of industry-standard hardware and open-source software.  And they need to be energy-efficient to reduce both energy costs and the cost of cooling equipment. 

Intended Audience:

Systems analysts and engineers;  computer, network, and data center engineers; storage, communications, and server specialists; cloud computing specialists; engineering managers; technology managers; test engineers; performance analysts.

About the Chairperson:

Jacob Hall is VP/Systems Architect Wholesale Strategic Architecture and Innovation Wrangler at Wells Fargo.  He currently manages a team and portfolio of over 200 laboratory projects.  He has created a global incubator and accelerator that has successfully promoted a culture of innovation.  His projects have contributed to new revenue, improved operational efficiency, delivered new business capabilities, and improved time to market.  He has also supported technology industry entrepreneurs, VC partners, and internal business teams through advisory and mentoring roles.  He has 20 years experience in the financial industry including previous positions with Wachovia and First Union.  He holds a Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a BS in Information Technology from Capella University. 

8:30-9:45am
Session C-101: Solid State Storage (Storage / Performance Track)
Chairperson: Aileen Arcilla, Manager, Huawei
Paper Presenters:
Selecting SSDs for Enterprise Applications
Eden Kim, CEO, Calypso Systems
Intelligent Storage Increases Performanced for Data-Driven Applications
Vladimir Alves, Co-Founder/CTO, NxGn Data
Next Generation Persistence  In-Memory Cloud
Wesley Mukai, VP Systems Engineering, SAP
Optimizing Block Devices with Software
Doug Dumitru, CTO, EasyCo
Interfacing Servers and NVM Express Devices at Firmware Level
Uma Parepalli, Firmware Architect, SK Hynix
Session Description:

Solid-state drives (SSDs) are playing a critical role in enterprise applications. Enterprise end users, storage designers, and engineers need to understand how the choices of NAND flash memory and controllers impact performance, endurance, and the resulting applications. This session will give participants important information on SSD selection and on their use in intelligent storage and in-memory approaches.

Intended Audience:

Systems analysts and engineers;  computer, network, and data center engineers; storage, communications, and server specialists; cloud computing specialists; engineering managers; technology managers; test engineers; performance analysts.

8:30-9:45am
Session D-101: Open Source Software-Defined Storage (sponsored by Microsoft)
(Software-Defined Storage Track)
Chairperson: SW Worth, Program Manager, Microsoft
Paper Presenters:
Distributed Storage Innovations in Standard High-Volume Servers
Anjaneya (Reddy) Chagam, Principal Engineer / Lead SDS Architect, Intel
Ceph and Gluster: Open Source Storage for Linux in the Cloud
Neil Levine, Director Product Management, Red Hat
Leveraging Open Source Ceph in Commercial Storage Products
Paul Von Stamwitz, Senior Storage Architect, Fujitsu
10:00-11:00am
Session A-102: Commodity Hardware and Open Standards (Compute / Microservers Track)
Chairperson: Jim Harrison, West Coast Editor, Electronic Products Magazine
Paper Presenters:
Taking Advantage of Open Computing and Storage Standards
Alex Henthorn-Iwane, VP Marketing, Qualisystems
Adding Application Management to OpenStack
Rao Mikkilineni, Chief Scientist, C3DNA
Session Description:

Today’s major focus is on reducing data center costs while still meeting increasing demand.  And the obvious solution is to use industry-standard hardware and open-source software.  The question is whether such combinations can provide the performance, availability, and resiliency that major vendors have offered in the past.  There are many industry-standard hardware vendors, and many open-source software projects.  How do data centers identify the right candidates, and how can they replace the maintenance and support to which they are accustomed?

Intended Audience:

Hardware designers, engineering managers, server designers, systems engineers, systems analysts and integrators, marketing and product engineers and managers, technology managers, test engineers, network and server managers and engineers; computer and datacenter managers and engineers.

About the Chairperson:

Jim Harrison has been an editor with Hearst Business Media, Electronics Products Magazine, for over five years. Jim covers digital integrated circuits, computer peripherals, software design, and single board computer technologies. Before joining the magazine, Jim was the Chief Engineer of Lincoln Engineering, a consulting firm specializing in electronic component engineering. He was also a Manager at Nokia Broadband Systems Division in Petaluma, CA for five years, and then held the same position with Calix Networks. Jim has held senior design engineering and engineering management positions with industrial automation and scientific instrumentation companies since 1989.

10:00-11:00am
Session B-102: High-Speed Connections (Networking Track)
Chairperson: Steve Garrison, VP Marketing, Pica8
Paper Presenters:
Advanced DSP-Based Technologies for High Speed Connections
Avi Shabtai, CEO, MultiPhy
25GbE: A New Ethernet Speed for Data Centers
Kapil Shrikhande, Principal Engineer, Dell
Ethernet Drives Speed up Network Data Transfers
Marco Blandini, Senior Director Marketing, HGST
Session Description:

Networks obviously must move to higher speeds.  However, current technologies have reached the limits of electrical signaling so increases are not easy to obtain at reasonable price levels.  Among the techniques that have been proposed are using DSP-based technologies, matching standards to available signaling speeds, and transferring data directly between networks and storage without processor involvement. 

Intended Audience:

Systems analysts and engineers;  computer, network, and data center engineers; storage, communications, and server specialists; cloud computing specialists; engineering managers; technology managers; test engineers; performance analysts.

About the Chairperson:

Steve Garrison is Vice President of Marketing at Pica8.  A networking systems veteran with nearly 20 years of technology marketing experience, he leads go-to-market and brand development strategies. Before joining Pica8, Steve held marketing positions at many networking companies, including Infoblox, Force10 Networks (acquired by Dell), and Riverstone Networks (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent). He holds a MS in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and a BS in Ceramic Science and Physics from Alfred University.    

10:00-11:00am
Session C-102: Storage Controllers and Applications (Storage / Performance Track)
Chairperson: KRS Murthy, CEO, I Cubed
Paper Presenters:
Building Resilient Storage Systems
Jacob Farmer, CTO, Cambridge Computer
Building Highly Available OpenZFS Storage Appliances
Grenville Whelan, Director, High-Availability.com
ZFS Performance and Availability to Budget
Phil Harman, Holistic System Performance Consultant, Harman Holistix
Session Description:

Storage demands in data centers continue to expand rapidly, due to more data being produced, retained, and analyzed than ever before.  Controllers and appliances can help keep access times reasonable, as can advanced file systems such as ZFS.  New methods and more efficient hardware will become even more essential as storage moves from terabytes to petabytes and exabytes. 

Intended Audience:

Systems analysts and engineers;  computer, network, and data center engineers; storage, communications, and server specialists; cloud computing specialists; engineering managers; technology managers; test engineers; performance analysts.

About the Chairperson:

KRS Murthy is an experienced venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur. He is currently focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and competitive strategy. He has led many companies at many different stages and has grown companies to sales of over $500 million. He is a popular speaker at conferences around the world and a leader in many technical societies, including IEEE Nanotechnology Council, IEEE Engineering Management Society, IEEE Computer Society, Silicon Valley Engineering Council, and IEEE Standards Board.

Murthy also has experience as a Country Manager for AT&T and AT&T Bell Labs and as a professor of computer engineering at California State University, Fullerton. He has received a Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Engineering Management Society and a Distinguished Achievement Award from the President of India.

10:00-11:00am
Session D-102: Large-Scale Distributed Software-Defined Storage (sponsored by Microsoft)
(Software-Defined Storage Track)
Chairperson: TBD
Paper Presenters:
Erasure Coding:  A Practical Alternative to RAID Controllers
SW Worth, Program Manager, Microsoft
Looking Beyond Platforms - Karthik Ramamurthy, Group Product Manager, EMC Isilon
Neil Levine, Director Product Management, Red Hat
11:00-11:30am
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OPEN - Keynote 1: Hyperscale Cloud Solutions Are Right for Enterprise Clouds Too
Speaker: Jim Pinkerton, Partner Architect Lead, Microsoft
Introducer: Jonathan Hinkle, Director / System Platform TechnologistLenovo
Abstract:

Hyperscale cloud operators have found that simpler is better when it comes to their data centers. They have found that deploying huge numbers of low-cost industry-standard servers, along with industry-standard storage and networking, is the easiest way to support many simultaneous users running highly variable workloads. The software-defined datacenter is the key here. It includes software-defined storage, software-defined networking (SDN), and software-defined provisioning of compute and management, as well as many open-source system software packages. The combination provides the flexibility required, under software control, to obtain maximum performance and scalability at the lowest possible capital and operating costs. The same approach also works for enterprise-level private clouds, hybrid clouds, and hosted solutions.

About the Speaker:

Jim Pinkerton is currently a lead architect in Microsoft’s Windows Server Group. His primary role is designing private cloud solutions, including networking, storage, fabric, and management at scale. Previously Jim was the lead architect for the world’s most widely used file access protocol, SMB/CIFS. He helped lead the development of SMB3, a next generation implementation that transforms server shared storage from block storage to file access. He has also been a network architect in the Windows core networking team, working on scalable networking technologies and advanced network device interfaces.

Jim has helped create standards within SNIA, IETF, ANSI T11, InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA), and the RDMA Consortium, including co-chairing technical working groups and authoring specifications.

Before joining Microsoft, Jim was a principal engineer at Silicon Graphics, working on high speed networking, storage, and high-performance computing. He holds a BSEE from MIT and a master’s in computer science from the University of New Mexico.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. More information is available at Microsoft.

11:30-11:40am
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OPEN - Special Presentation: Introduction to the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA)
Speaker: Dave Casper, Co-Chair Infrastructure Workgroup / CTO North America, ODCA / MoogSoft
Introducer: Jonathan Hinkle, Director/System Platform Technologist, Lenovo
Abstract:
Coming soon.
About the Speaker:

As CTO North Americas, Dave Casper brings a wide range of “in the trenches” IT expertise to Moogsoft coupled with one innovative idea after another. Dave not only understands the technical details but also the practical “why it matters” and how to apply it to complex IT environments. Before joining the Moogsoft herd, Dave was an Executive Director at UBS, overseeing IT architecture direction and planning. He also served 10 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, most recently as a Senior Vice President. Dave also served as VP of Integration at ServiceMesh.

About ODCA

We are developing a unified vision for cloud requirements – particularly focused on open, interoperable solutions for secure cloud federation, automation of cloud infrastructure, common management, and transparency of cloud service delivery More information is available at ODCA.

11:40am-12:10pm
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OPEN - Keynote 2: Using Industry-Standard Servers to Manager Big Data from the Internet of Things
Speaker: Tom Bradicich, PhD, VP Server Engineering, HP
Introducer: Jacob Hall, VP Systems Architect Wholesale Strategic Architecture, Wells Fargo
Abstract:

How the Internet of Things will play out remains to be seen, but we do know it will produce huge volumes of data. The billions of connected devices will surely create more data than we can handle (or even store). So we must reduce the data to manageable amounts quickly and cheaply. Workload-optimized, scalable, industry-standard servers will play a key role in the end-to-end solution. Data analysis is easy to parallelize, and the hardware can be scaled-in or scaled-out to meet the demands of many diverse applications. Realistic compute solutions will require high-speed, low-cost fabrics coupled with open augmentable software from both vendors and the open source community.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Tom Bradicich is a Vice President of Server Engineering for HP, where he is responsible for R&D on advanced microservers. He was previously R&D Fellow and Corporate Officer at National Instruments where he led teams developing end-to-end solutions based on data acquisition and analysis systems and IT infrastructures for the test, measurement, and control industries. Before joining National Instruments, Tom was an IBM Fellow, Vice President of Systems Technology, Distinguished Engineer, Engineering Director, and CTO for IBM’s x86 server and converged systems lines. He managed the architectural design of scale-up x86 SMP servers, and received the IBM Chairman’s Award for his role in pioneering enterprise blade servers. Tom was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology and co-founded several technical industry standards groups, including PCI SIG, DMTF SMASH, The Green Grid, and Blade.org He holds several patents in PC and server design. He earned a BSEE from Florida Atlantic University, an MS from North Carolina State University, and a PhD from the University of Florida. He has served on several university adjunct faculties.

About:

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments, and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure at the convergence of the cloud and connectivity, creating seamless, secure, context-aware experiences for a connected world. More information is available at HP.

1:30-2:00pm
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OPEN - Keynote 3: Developing the High Throughput Computing Data Center
Speaker: Jian Li, Research Program Director/Chief Architect, Huawei
Introducer: Ben Woo, Chief Analyst, Neuralytix
Abstract:

Aggregation and virtualization are not sufficient by themselves to meet the ever-increasing demands of big data applications.  Data centers must provide much higher throughput, much better resource utilization, far greater manageability, and considerably lower energy usage to handle highly diversified analytics.  An entire range of varied system resources must be integrated and managed seamlessly.  A new High Throughput Computing Data Center architecture (HTC-DC) offers the ability to utilize any and all types of resources via a unified interconnect.  It features petabyte-level data processing capability, intelligent manageability, high scalability, and high energy efficiency.

About the Speaker:

Jian Li is a research program director and chief architect of big data and analytics at Huawei Technologies. He is the chief architect of Huawei’s FusionInsights big data platform and is currently leading R&D efforts in data center technologies, working with global teams around the world.  Before joining Huawei, he was with IBM where he worked on advanced R&D, multi-site product development and global customer engagements on computer systems and analytics solutions with significant revenue growth. A frequent presenter at major industry and academic conferences around the world, he holds over 20 patents and has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers.  He earned a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University.  He also holds an adjunct position at Texas A&M University, where he continues to collaborate with leading academic researchers. 

About Huawei

Founded in 1987, Huawei is an entirely employee-owned private company and a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider with a vision to enrich life through communication. Through the company’s thousands of employees and dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, Huawei has established end-to-end capabilities across the carrier networks, enterprise. and consumer markets by providing competitive solutions and services, which have been deployed in over 140 countries. For more information, see www.huawei.com

2:00-2:30pm
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OPEN - Keynote 4: Digital Services Drive the Move to Software-Defined Infrastructure (SDI)
Speaker: Raejeanne Skillern, GM/Cloud Service Provider Business, Intel
Introducer: Sameh Boujelbene, Director, Dell’Oro Group
Abstract:
Coming soon.
About the Speaker:

Raejeanne Skillern is the General Manager of the Cloud Service Provider business within Intel’s Data Center Group. Raejeanne manages Intel's business, products, and technologies for cloud infrastructure deployments and works closely with the world’s largest cloud providers to ensure Intel’s Data Center product portfolio is optimized for their unique needs.

Prior to this role, Raejeanne was Director of Marketing & Business Development for Cloud where she led creation of the Intel Cloud Builders and Finders programs, assisted in formation of the Open Data Center Alliance, and extended Intel’s brand to cloud services through the “Powered by Intel Cloud Technology” badge program. Raejeanne has been with Intel for 20 years, 15 of which have been with the Data Center Group covering roles in product marketing, strategic analysis, demand creation & business development. She also spent two years with Intel Online Services, a start up subsidiary of Intel Corporation that provided co-location and managed hosting services. Raejeanne holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Pepperdine University and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance.

About Intel:

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world's first commercially available "conflict-free" microprocessors. More information is available at Intel.

2:30-3:00pm
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OPEN - Keynote 5: Driving Innovations for Cloud-Scale Servers
Speaker: Kushagra Vaid, GM Server Hardware, Microsoft
Introducer: Craig Matsumoto, Managing Editor, SDNCentral
Abstract:

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. He has an MS in Computer Science from SUNY Binghamton and a BE in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai (India).

About the Speaker:

Huge clouds with millions of users require a far different type of server from that used in ordinary data centers. Major cloud operators have literally “rolled their own”, and several leaders have contributed design specifications through the Open Compute Project (OCP). Such specifications contain many elegant features with more examples to come as contributions continue through second generation efforts.

About Microsoft:

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.

3:00-3:50pm
Session A-103: Power and Cooling Methods (Compute / Microservers Track)
Chairperson: Phil Hughes, CEO, Clustered Systems
Paper Presenters:
Improving Power Efficiency in Data Center Designs
John Meinecke, CEO, Edison DC Systems
Optimizing Server Thermal Design for Data Centers
Akhil Docca, Product Manager, Future Facilities
It's Too Darn Hot - New Solutions for Data Center Cooling
Peter Hopton, CEO, Iceotope
Session Description:

In Cole Porter’s words (in “Kiss Me Kate”), “it’s too darn hot!”  And that’s certainly true of most servers, storage arrays, and data centers today.  They dissipate too much power, use too much expensive energy, and require too much cooling equipment.  And adding more processor cores, more memory, and higher-frequency adapters only adds to the problem.  Surprisingly, just redesigning power supplies can reduce energy consumption considerably, as can optimal thermal design.  Furthermore, liquid cooling is more effective than air cooling if it can be provided in the right form. 

Intended Audience:

Hardware designers, engineering managers, server designers, systems engineers, systems analysts and integrators, marketing and product engineers and managers, technology managers, test engineers, network and server managers and engineers; computer and datacenter managers and engineers; infrastructure managers and specialists.

About the Chairperson:

Phillip Hughes is CEO and a founder of Clustered Systems, a developer of energy saving cooling systems for the IT industry. He conceived and patented the revolutionary Touch Cooling™ technology for commodity servers.  This technology is totally silent, reduces data center energy consumption by up to 50%, and is 100% compatible with industry standard server motherboards.   Previously, Mr. Hughes was a founder and VP of BrightLink Networks and the co-developer of its basic switching technology, receiving a patent for his contribution.  He holds a BSEE from the University of Wales, Swansea.    

3:00-3:50pm
Session B-103: Software-Defined Networking (Applications Track)
Chairperson: Craig Matsumoto, Managing Editor, SDNCentral
Paper Presenters:
Inside White Box Switches and Integrating OpenFlow
Steve Garrison, VP Marketing, Pica8
Using Network Virtualization to Scale Data Centers
Ron DiGiuseppe, Sr Strategic Marketing Mgr, Synopsys
Session Description:

Software Defined Networking (SDN) is THE hottest topic in networking today, with analysts predicting a multibillion dollar market opportunity, startups attracting huge investments, and networking OEMs and operators alike reassessing their business models in the face of a major transformation.

A new architecture is needed to address the networking challenges imposed by spiraling multimedia traffic growth, mobile everything, and user expectations for any data anywhere at any time. SDN offers the promise of highly scalable and flexible networks that provide agility, operating efficiency, and lower overall costs.

Intended Audience:

Systems analysts and engineers;  computer, network, and data center engineers; storage, communications, and server specialists; cloud computing specialists; engineering managers; technology managers; test engineers; performance analysts.

About the Chairperson:

Craig Matsmoto is Managing Editor at SDNCentral.com, responsible for the site's content and for covering news. He was previously West Coast Editor for Light Reading, covering routers, Carrier and high-speed Ethernet, optical networking, cloud computing, and semiconductors. Among Silicon Valley’s most highly respected technical journalists, he joined Light Reading in 2002.  He previously spent seven years with EE Times, focusing on semiconductors and optical networking. He has also written for the San Jose Business Journal and the Fresno Business Journal. 

3:00-3:50pm
Session C-103: Application Acceleration (Storage / Performance Track)
Chairperson: Tom Burniece, President, Burniece Consulting Services
Paper Presenters:
Accelerate Cloud Computing with MapReduce Accelerator
Christoforos Kachris, Researcher, Athens Information Technology
Quick, Simple, and Inexpensive Way to Increase Server Performance: TCP/UDP Acceleration”
Kelly Masood, CTO, Intilop
Improve Hadoop Economics, Performance, and Security with Compression and Encryption
Ravi Lambi, Director Software Engineering, Exar
Session Description:

Many big data applications, particularly Hadoop, are notoriously slow performers.  There are a variety of ways to make them run faster, ranging from minimizing data movement and reducing networking overhead to hardware acceleration and in-memory execution. This session will explore several of the most recent advances in big data application acceleration.

Intended Audience:

Hardware design engineers; engineering managers; product and product marketing engineers; storage engineers, specialists, and managers; data center engineers and managers; network engineers and managers; CIOs, CTOs, and infrastructure architects; IT managers; product planners and designers; VARs, OEMs, and solution providers; system analysts, engineers, and managers; market analysts; marketing managers and marketing engineers.

About the Chairperson:

Tom Burniece is an independent business consultant with over 30 years of senior management experience in the networking and storage markets, specializing in strategy formulation, business development, marketing, and due diligence. He has been the CEO of iVivity, Rutilus Software, and Voelker Technologies, as well as Chairman of Ciprico and a senior executive at Copan, Maxtor, Digital Equipment, and Control Data.  He holds a BSEE from the University of Minnesota and an MSEE from Arizona State University.  He is also a graduate of MIT’s Sloan Senior Executive Program.

3:00-3:50pm
Session D-103: Hyper-Converged Software-Defined Storage (sponsored by Microsoft)
(Software-Defined Storage Track)
Chairperson: TBD
Paper Presenters:
Building a Better Toaster: Scaling SDS on Windows with Real Hardware
Jeff Zachem, Senior Software Development Manager, Dell and Spencer Shepler, Performance Architect, Microsoft
The Value of a Software-Defined Approach with ScaleIO
Ed Beauvais, Technology Strategist, EMS
Hyper-Converged Software-Defined Storage: Bringing Simplicity Back to the Enterprise Datacenter
Suda Srinivasan, Director Product Marketing, Nutanix
4:00-5:00pm
OPEN - Plenary: Server Roadmaps
Chairperson: Sergis Mushell, Principal Research Analyst, Gartner
Panelists:
Jeff Underhill, Director Server Programs, ARM
Gaurav Singh, VP Engineering / Product Development, Applied Micro
Karl Freund, VP  Server Marketing / Product Management, AMD
Nidhi Chappell, Product Marketing Manager, Intel
Mark Shaw, Director Hardware Engineering, Microsoft
Norman James, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM / Open Power Cnsortium
Session Description:

What do the processor makers have in store for servers over the next few years?  We’ll hear from several of them as to what we can expect.  Their roadmaps will provide guidelines as to what must happen in the rest of the server systems to maximize performance, minimize energy consumption, and support current initiatives such as clouds, big data, software-defined networking, and the software-defined data center.  Processor advances will also govern general design schedules and performance estimates and analyses. 

Intended Audience:

Hardware designers, engineering managers, server designers, systems engineers, systems analysts and integrators, marketing and product engineers and managers, technology managers, test engineers, telco and enterprise end users, server and data center managers, consultants, design and communications specialists, and design service providers.

About the Chairperson:

Sergis Mushell is a Research Director with Gartner's Technology and Service Provider Research group. He focuses primarily on processor technology, NICs, and storage semiconductors.  He has previous experience with Phaselink, Altera, and IDT.  He has worked in standard bodies, such as JEDEC and IEEE, on new standards and initiatives.   He holds an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix and a BS in IT Computer Electronics from San Jose State University. 

5:00-5:10pm
 
OPEN - Special Presentation: IT Brand Pulse Key Awards
Speaker: Frank Berry, President / Chief Analyst, IT Brand Pulse
5:10-5:40pm
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OPEN - Keynote 6: Cloud Computing with a Software-Defined Data Center
Speaker: David Faircloth, VP / Business Line Executive, Lenovo
Introducer: Frank Berry, President / Chief Analyst, IT Brand Pulse
Abstract:
Coming soon.
About the Speaker:

David Faircloth is responsible for leading Lenovo’s networking business, driving the brand strategy and business execution.

Prior to this position David and was responsible for WW Sales, IBM System Networking, managing the IBM System Networking business across a broad range of industries and countries across the globe, helping clients design and implement differentiated data center networking solutions.

David has spent most of his 25+ year IBM career in the Networking and Telecommunications Industry with focuses on sales, marketing and development.

About Lenovo

Lenovo is a US$39billion personal technology company with more than 54,000 employees (including joint ventures) in more than 60 countries serving customers in more than 160 countries. Lenovo is a global company that is incorporated and headquartered in Hong Kong, with operational centers located strategically around the world , with the largest in Beijing and Morrisville, NC. These operational centers drive Lenovo’s global and local business approach. More information is available at Lenovo.

5:40-6:10pm
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OPEN - Keynote 7: Memory Channel Storage Allows Virtualization Everwhere
Speaker: Riccardo Badalone, Diablo Technologies
Introducer: TBD
Abstract:

Data centers have achieved major economies through server virtualization, and clouds find it essential to provide the flexibility they require.  However, virtualization can slow down mission-critical applications (particularly databases) due to increased disk traffic, so IT managers have been reluctant to migrate them.  Memory Channel Storage inside VMware Virtual SAN can solve this problem.  Now datacenters and clouds can go completely virtual, thus both reducing costs and simplifying the handling of rapidly changing workloads.

About the Speaker:

Riccardo Badalone, a co-founder of Diablo Technologies, has been its CEO since 2007. He was previously the company’s CTO. Before co-founding Diablo, he was at Nortel Networks where he helped deliver advanced Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) technologies for switching and framer applications. He worked on backplane protocol engineering and developed phase align algorithms for backplane and optical link SerDes macros. Riccardo was also manager of the OEM Hardware design group at Matrox Graphics, where he and his team designed and supported desktop motherboard platforms for major PC OEMs including HP, Dell, Compaq, Siemens, and Fujitsu. Riccardo holds a BSEE from Concordia University, where he specialized in Microwave and Optical Theory.

About Diablo Technologies:

Founded in 2003, Diablo Technologies has been successfully delivering product solutions that enhance the performance and capabilities of memory system designs. We are building on that expertise, and focusing our attention on groundbreaking system-level solutions. Such solutions combine an innovative software and hardware architecture with non-volatile memory to usher in a new and disruptive generation of enterprise datacenter applications. More information is available at Diablo Technologies.

6:30-7:00pm
OPEN - The Annual Server Innovation Leader awards presented by IT Brand Pulse
Organizer: Frank Berry, IT Brand Pulse
About IT Brand Pulse
IT Brand Pulse LogoIT Brand Pulse is a trusted source of testing, research and analysis about IT infrastructure, including servers, storage and networking.
  • IT Brand Pulse Lab - Test reports and product validation from hands-on testing.
  • End User, Channel and OEM Research - Brand Leader, Technology, Product, and Customer Satisfaction surveys, as well as focus groups and custom research.
  • Product Database - Quarterly report for selected product categories with a database of commercially-available products and their attributes.
  • Industry Analyis - IT Brand Pulse analysts publish reports and contribute weekly to leading industry publications including InfoStor, Network Computing, Seeking Alpha, and Virtual Strategy Magazine.
7:30-9:00pm
OPEN - Beer, Pizza and Chat with the Experts
Organizer: Jonathan Hinkle, Director - System Platform Technologies, Lenovo and Rich Fetik, CEO, Data Confidential
Table Leaders:
Memory
Bob Pierce, Senior Architect Computer and Storage Products, Altera
Storage
KRS Murthy, President, I3 Cubed
Big Data
Ben Woo, Neuralytix
Networking
Dev Paul, Senior Product Manager, IDT
Cloud Servers
Alex Polvi, CEO, CoreOS and Jathin Ullal, Marketing Manager, HP
Marketing
Lee Stein, Consultant, Stein Writes and Aileen Arcilla, Manager, Huawei
Power and Cooling
Peter Hopton, CEO, Iceotope
Scale-Out Servers
Jeff Underhill, Director Server Programs, ARM
Security
Rich Fetik, CEO, Data Confidential
Software-Defined Storage
Murat Karslioglu, Director Storage Systems, Nexenta
Software-defined Networking (SDN)
Alex Henthorn-Iwane, VP Marketing, QualiSystems and David Kiebanov, Technical Solutions Architect, Cisco Systems
Application Acceleration
Jean Bozman, Enterprise Solutions Marketing Manager, SanDisk
SSDs
Richard Mataya, Senior VP, NxGn Data
PICMG GEN4
Joe Pavlat, President, PICMG and Doug Sandy, CTO, PICMG/Artesyn Embedded Technologies and Chuck Byers, System Architect, Cisco Systems
Employment
Tanya Freedman, VP Group Services, Connetics Communications and Jaime Carpenter, Director / IT Engineering Recruitment, Connetics Communications
End Users
Jacob Hall, VP Systems Architect Wholesale Strategic Architecture, Wells Fargo
Session Description:

The Beer and Pizza Session is an opportunity for attendees to meet top experts in many crucial areas and ask questions in an informal setting. Each table has a different subject, and attendees are welcome to move from table to table. Table subjects will include memory, storage, big data, software-defined networking (SDN), cloud servers, marketing, SSDs, and power and cooling.  Beer, wine, soft drinks, and pizza will be served to promote the informal atmosphere and encourage networking.  Emphasis will be on frequently asked questions, best practices, hints and warnings, major issues, and key products and standards.   

Intended Audience:

Hardware designers, project engineers, software designers, software engineers, technology managers, communications equipment designers, systems analysts and integrators, engineering managers, consultants, design specialists, design service providers, product managers, marketing communications specialists, marketing engineers and managers, and test engineers.

About the Organizers:

Jonathan Hinkle is Director, Systems Platform Technologist at Lenovo, driving new server architecture and technologies in their Enterprise Product Group. Previously, Jonathan was Storage and Memory Systems Architect at Viking Technology, where he developed next-generation memory and storage products and technologies. Before Viking, Mr. Hinkle worked at IBM where he developed server systems ranging from high-end enterprise boxes to blade servers. He is the chairman of the JC45.1 RDIMM committee and the Hybrid Memory Module task group in the JEDEC standards organization. He also invented and drove first development of the VLP DIMM and the SATADIMM SSD. He is a senior member of the IEEE and has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University

Rich Fetik is CEO and founder of Data Confidential, a security consultancy focusing on data confidentiality, system reliability, and reduced operating costs. He is an expert at designing security into the real world, including embedded systems and devices as well as traditional IT systems. Rich has broad product experience from design and development through market introduction and evangelism. He is also the inventor of a device security model that includes the patented storage firewall and other technologies that change the game in information security. His model provides whitelist protection against spyware and other malware from writing themselves to a storage firewall protected drive and even from executing from off of the protected drive.

Thursday, November 13th
Track Organizers:
Track A: Compute
Organizers:
Jeff Underhill, Segment Marketing Manager, ARM
Lakshmi Mandyam, Director Server Systems, ARM
Track B: Networking
Organizers:
Jacob Hall, VP Systems Architect Wholesale Strategic Architecture, Wells Fargo
Track C: Storage
Organizers:
Jean Bozman, Enterprise Solutions Marketing Manager, SanDisk
K.R.S. Murthy, CEO, I3 World
Session Details:
8:30-9:45am
Session A-201: Unleash Storage Performance with Flash on Memory Bus (sponsored by Diablo Technologies)
(Compute / Microservers Track)
Chairperson: Sev Onyshkevych, CMO, FieldView Solutions
Paper Presenters:
Unleashing Database Performance with Memory Channel Storage
Michael Slavitch, Senior Solutions Architect, Diablo Technologies
Accelerating Virtualization with Memory Channel Storage
Ricky Trigalo, Director Business Development, Diablo Technologies
Memory Channel Storage Demystified: What It Is and How It Works
Jerome McFarland, Principal Product Marketer, Diablo Technologies
Session Description:

Flash is memory, so why slow it down by operating it over a disk or PCIe interface?  You can have much faster storage by running flash on the memory bus.  This session will show you how!   You’ll learn about the benefits, deployment strategies, and best practices for a technology you can use today to produce faster systems and speed up applications.  Databases, OLTP, CRM, ERP, Hadoop, real-time data analysis, Web access, and business intelligence will all benefit.  Unleash your storage performance – learn about Memory Channel Storage today!   

Intended Audience:

Systems analysts and engineers;  computer, network, and data center engineers; storage, communications, and server specialists; cloud computing specialists; engineering managers; technology managers; test engineers; performance analysts.

About the Chairperson:

Sev Onyshkevych is CMO at FieldView Solutions, a developer of data center monitoring software.  He leads strategy and global market expansion, business development, marketing, analyst relations, PR, and customer acquisition.   He has over 30 years experience in the high technology area, including being VP Strategy and Business Development and VP Global Marketing and Product Management at Raritan Computer.  He has also been active as a lecturer, board and advisory board member, and consultant to several startups.  He holds an MBA from  The Wharton School (University of  Pennsylvania) and a BSEE from Princeton.

8:30-9:45am
OPEN - Session B-201: PICMG's Gen4 Project for High-Performance Systems - sponsored by PICMG (sponsored by PICMG)
(Networking Track)
Chairperson: Ernie Bergstrom, Chief Analyst, Crystal Cube Consulting
Paper Presenters:
Hardware Open Standards for SDN and NFV
Doug Sandy, CTO, PICMG / Artesyn Embedded Technologies
Requirements of Converged Network for PICMG GEN 4
Chuck Byers, System Architect, Cisco Systems
Session Description:

GEN4 is a proposed new modular specification for high-performance embedded systems.  It will be the successor to AdvancedTCA for developments through the 2020’s.  GEN4 is designed for telecom central office equipment, wireless infrastructure, military communications and control, big data analytics, large-scale scientific instrumentation, and video and image processing.  Its architecture will be modular, with terabits/second of throughput, exabytes of storage, and cybersecurity at the hardware level with wirespeed packet processing.  It provides Systems Management and High Availability. Support for NFV and SDN, as well as other open standards, will be integral.

GEN4 is being developed by PICMG, the most successful open standards organization in the embedded computer industry. AdvancedTCA® and CompactPCI® are two leading examples of its previous specifications.  Both have ended up with ecosystems involving hundreds of vendors developing thousands of products that represent billions of dollars in annual revenue.

Intended Audience:

Hardware design engineers; engineering managers; product and product marketing engineers; telecom engineers and managers; CTOs and infrastructure architects; product planning engineers; standards specialists; system analysts, engineers, and managers; market analysts; marketing managers and marketing engineers; embedded systems designers and engineers.

About the Chairperson:

Ernie Bergstrom is Founder and President of Crystal Cube Consulting, an analyst firm focused on AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, MicroTCA, PICMG standards, and high-speed switch fabrics. He has over 25 years of industry experience including previous positions as a Senior Research Analyst for In-Stat and marketing manager and system engineer for Verizon (formerly GTE)..

8:30-9:45am
OPEN - Session C-201: Designing a Super-High Throughput, Low-Latency Converged Switch/Server(sponsored by RapidIO Trade Association)
(Storage / Performance Track)
Chairperson: Christos Kolias, Researcher, Orange Silicon Valley
Organizer / Instructor: Dev Paul, Senior Product Manager, IDT
Session Description:

RapidIO technology today allows for up to 320 Gbps of 100 ns latency switching on a single 19 inch motherboard.  A readily available reference design offers a combined switch and service in that form factor.  It allows for X86, ARM, Power, or FPGA-based compute, as well as switched 10-20 Gbps ports for scale out between boards.  The switching bandwidth can be divided between internal compute and external scale-out networking ports.  The design can meet the needs of many applications, including single-board computers for video or signal processing, controllers for wireless basestations or central office telco equipment, low-latency servers for video or financial applications, and compute engines for real-time analytics, image processing, robotics, and process or industrial control.

Intended Audience:

Hardware design engineers; engineering managers; product and product marketing engineers; storage engineers, specialists, and managers; data center engineers and managers; network engineers and managers; CIOs, CTOs, and infrastructure architects; IT managers; product planners and designers; VARs, OEMs, and solution providers; system analysts, engineers, and managers; market analysts; marketing managers and marketing engineers.

About the Chairperson:

Christos Kolias is currently a research scientist at Orange Silicon Valley leading its OpenFlow/Software-Defined Networking (SDN) project. He has lectured on OpenFlow, network functions virtualization (NFV), and SDN at several events. His technical areas of interest include flow-aware routing, high-speed switching, wireless networks, network virtualization and intelligent networks. and he is the originator of Virtual Output Queueing (VOQ). Before joining Orange, he worked at Google, Covad, Caspian Networks, and the BReATHConsortium. He has been a visiting faculty member and a frequent lecturer at Stanford University, UCLA, and USC. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA, where he worked on high-speed packet-switched networks under Professor Leonard Kleinrock, one of the recognized co-inventors of the Internet. 

About the Instructor:

Devashish Paul is Senior Product Manager for Interconnect Silicon Products at Integrated Device Technology, where he drives product management for widespread commercial deployment of Interconnect technology in wireless, high performance computing, embedded systems, and data centers.  A 25-year veteran of the semiconductor industry, he has previous experience  at Tundra Semiconductor (acquired by IDT), Semiconductor Insights, Solidum Systems (acquired by IDT), Mosaid, and Nortel Networks.  He also serves as chairman of the RapidIO Trade Association (RTA) Marketing Council.  He holds an MSEE and an MBA from the University of Ottawa and a BSEE from the Royal Military College of Canada.

10:00-11:00am
OPEN - Session A-202: Applying NV-DIMMs (sponsored by the SNIA NVDIMM SIG)
(Compute / Microservers Track)
Chairperson: Jonathan Hinkle, Director / System Platform Technologiest, Lenovo
Paper Presenters:
TBD
Arthur Sainio, Senior Strategic Marketing Manager, SMART Modular Technologies
TBD
Jeff Chang, VP Marketing, AgigA Tech
Accelerating Datacenter Server Workloads with NV-DIMMs
Nigel Alvares, Senior Director Marketing, Inphi
Session Description:

NVDIMMs are persistent memory modules that reside on the DDR DRAM channel, combining volatile DRAM and nonvolatile flash memory. Under normal power conditions, an NVDIMM operates just like DRAM. During a power failure or system crash, the data in the DRAM is transferred to the flash and can be restored when normal conditions resume.

Persistent memory enables applications to run faster due to the greater I/O performance.  Typical areas of interest include databases, Web 2.0, analytics, OLTP, and video and image processing.  

Intended Audience:

Systems analysts and engineers;  computer, network, and data center engineers; storage, communications, and server specialists; cloud computing specialists; engineering managers; technology managers; test engineers; performance analysts.

About the Chairperson:

Jonathan Hinkle is Director, Systems Platform Technologist at Lenovo, driving new server architecture and technologies in their Enterprise Product Group. Previously, Jonathan was Storage and Memory Systems Architect at Viking Technology, where he developed next-generation memory and storage products and technologies. Before Viking, Mr. Hinkle worked at IBM where he developed server systems ranging from high-end enterprise boxes to blade servers. He is the chairman of the JC45.1 RDIMM committee and the Hybrid Memory Module task group in the JEDEC standards organization. He also invented and drove first development of the VLP DIMM and the SATADIMM SSD. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University.

10:00-11:00am
OPEN - Session B-202: Open Forum on PICMG Gen4 (Networking Track)
Chairperson: Ernie Bergstrom, Crystal Cube Consulting
Panelists:
Joe Pavlat, President, PICMG
Chuck Byers, System Architect, Cisco Systems
Doug Sandy, CTO, PICMG / Artesyn Embedded Technologies
10:00-11:00am
OPEN - Session C-202: Developing Low Latency Applications (Storage / Performance Track)
Chairperson: Dev Paul, Senior Product Manager, IDT
Paper Presenter:
TBD
Dev Paul, Senior Product Manager, IDT
11:00-11:30am
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OPEN - Keynote 8: Why Today's Data Centers Need a Range of Server Processor Solutions
Speaker: Leendert Van Doorn, Corporate Fellow, AMD
Introducer: Casey Quillin, Director, Dell'Oro Group
Abstract:
Coming soon.
About the Speaker:

Dr. Leendert van Doorn is a Corporate Fellow and he is responsible for driving software innovation across our company. He actively engages with our software partners (Microsoft, Google, RedHat, VMWare, etc.) to understand their long-term roadmaps and reflects this input back into AMD’s roadmaps, while at the same time evangelizing AMD’s future plans with our partners. Leendert is responsible for AMD’s security, virtualization, manageability, and software ecosystem strategies. During the last 3 years he has been actively driving AMD's ARM 64-bit server ecosystem enablement. He is a member of AMD’s Innovation Leadership Team (ILT) and actively participates in AMD’s domain roadmap process.

Leendert is passionate about developing our engineers and growing their skillsets. He is the executive sponsor for the Technical Leadership Experience (TLE), a week long training program for PMTS- & Fellow-level engineers with a strong mentoring component.

Before joining AMD he worked at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center where he lead virtualization, system security, and penetration research teams. Leendert holds a Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Occasionally he is known to find refuge at Carnegie Mellon University where he is an adjunct professor.

About AMD:

AMD (NYSE: AMD) designs and integrates technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers, tablets, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of surround computing. AMD solutions enable people everywhere to realize the full potential of their favorite devices and applications to push the boundaries of what is possible. More information is available at AMD.

11:30pm-Noon
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OPEN - Keynote 9: Future Ready IT: Application Centric + Software Defined + Hardware Accelerated
Speaker: Arpit Joshipura, VP Marketing, Dell
Introducer: Ernie Bergstrom, President, Crystal Cube Consulting
Abstract:
Coming soon.
About the Speaker:

As Vice President of Dell Networking, Arpit is responsible for strategy and product management across Dell’s networking portfolio including data center and campus/branch/mobility offerings.

Prior to joining Dell in 2011, Arpit was the Chief Marketing Officer at Force10 Networks. In his more than 20 years of experience, he has also served as Vice President of Ericsson’s strategy and market development in the packet networks division. He joined Ericsson as a result of Ericsson's acquisition of Redback Networks, Inc. where he served as Vice President, product management and marketing beginning in October 2004.

Arpit received his master’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in computer engineering from North Carolina State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and telecommunications degree from Gujarat University.

About Dell

Dell listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more information, visit www.dell.com.

Noon-12:30pm
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OPEN - Keynote 10: Preparing the Data Center for the Internet of Things
Speaker: Mark Skarpness, Director - Systems Engineering, Intel Open Source Technology Center
Introducer: Jean Bozman, Enterprise Solutions Marketing Manager, SanDisk
Abstract:

The Internet of Things has been a hot topic recently, but no one has yet fully explained how it will work in practice or what support it will need.  Surely introducing billions of networked nodes will require innovations in server and communications design.

Besides being low-cost and low-power, the servers handling IoT must also be able to derive value from the data quickly and efficiently.  Otherwise, costs will skyrocket and will overwhelm all possible benefits.

A key question here is to how to produce a smart combination of device-to-device and device-to-cloud communications.  If every message must transit the cloud, costs will rise quickly.  Furthermore, local processing is essential to avoid having to transmit and store huge amounts of raw data.  There is no sense ending up with enormous data banks stored in a form no one can readily use.  The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) is leading the way to create interoperable frameworks that support the required configurations, as well as providing open-source implementations.

If designed correctly, the IoT can lead to many important applications including health care through the use of personal health devices.  Other key areas are smart cities and smart homes.  Of course, inventors around the world will undoubtedly create uses we cannot currently even imagine. 

About the Speaker:

Mark Skarpness is the Director of Systems Engineering in Intel’s Open Source Technology Center. His team is responsible for integration, release engineering, distribution infrastructure, security, and quality assurance for mobile and embedded Linux distributions.  He has been working on open source and Linux for 12 years, playing a leading role in the Meego and Tizen projects with a focus on embedded and IoT uses.  He has been a keynote speaker at the Android Builders Summit and the Tizen Developer Conference, a speaker at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, and a presenter at many Linux related events around the world.  He holds seven patents in computer communications and was the recipient of an Intel Achievement Award for his work in open source technology.  He earned an MSEE from the University of Illinois and a BS in computer engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

About Intel

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world's first commercially available "conflict-free" microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com and about Intel's conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com

2:00-3:15pm
OPEN - Session A-203: Cloud Server Design
Chairperson: Jean Bozman, Enterprise Solutions Marketing Manager, SanDisk
Panelists:
Sev Onyshkevych, CMO FieldView Solutions
Ben Woo, Managing Director, Neuralytix
Gary Lyng, Senior Director Product Management, SanDisk
Brian Payne, Executive Director Platform Marketing, Dell
Session Description:

All the major server vendors plan to have cloud-optimized servers to meet the needs of public and private cloud developers.  Such servers must offer high performance, high availability, and low cost, as well as the ability to operate in generalized and highly virtualized environments.  The market for such servers includes large websites as well as hosting and cloud services.  The predicted rapid rise in cloud usage over the next few years should make this a highly competitive area.

2:00-3:15pm
OPEN - VC Forum
Organizer/Chairperson: Andrew More O’Ferrall, Business Development Manager, IBTCS
Panelists:
Nimrod Gindi, Managing Director, Mellanox Capital
Angel Orrantia, Business Development and Marketing Director, SK Innopartners
Charles Curran, Senior Director, Qualcomm Ventures
Chris Rust, Independent Early Stage Venture Investor
Jacques Benkoski, Partner, US Venture Partners
Samba Murthy, Independent Venture Investor
Session Description:

The $50 billion server market has been a productive area for startups.  Opportunities exist today in both hardware and software, and include chips, peripherals, accelerators, systems software, and packaging, as well as management tools and utilities.  Issues include the emergence of scale-out servers (microservers), integration of networking into the server CPU, network and storage virtualization, software-defined storage and software-defined data center, SDN and NFV, the impact of combining storage with the compute function, the rise of solid state storage, big data solutions, and server interconnect beyond 10GbE.

Intended Audience:

Design engineers, engineering managers, server designers, systems engineers, systems analysts and integrators, marketing and product engineers and managers, technology managers, marketing and marketing communications specialists, financial analysts, and current or future entrepreneurs.

About the Chairperson:

Andrew More O’Ferrall is a Business Development Manager with International Business and Technology Consulting Services (IBTCS), helping startups and developers working in the IoT, cloud, smart energy and big data spaces commercialize their ideas.  Previously he focused on business and financial analysis and project management for major financial organizations, including JP Morgan Chase, Fannie Mae, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and UBS.  He holds a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s Degree from University College Dublin. 

3:30-5:00pm
OPEN - Session A-204  Future of Open Servers and Open Storage
Chairperson: Jonathan Hinkle, Director / System Platorm Technologiest, Lenovo
Panelists:
Jean Bozman, Enterprise Solutions Marketing Manager, SanDisk
Jonathan Hinkle, Director / System Platform Technologies, Lenovo
Anil Vasudeva, President, IMEX Research
Amit Sanyal, Senior Director Product Management / Technical Marketing, Dell
Akber Kazmi, Senior Product Line Manager, Avago Technologies
Session Description:

Server form factors are changing -- and so is the mix of components housed inside the enclosures. This session will focus on the evolution of server design -- how "dense" future servers will become (form factors), how "close" server and storage components will become, how much memory (including flash) they will carry in the future -- and more. It will also discuss the open specifications for hardware and software that will likely become standards for future generations of servers. We have already seen server design change rapidly in recent years, but this panel will look ahead at what else is on the horizon. What new designs are anticipated and what types of workloads will they run?