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2013 Session Descriptions

Pre-Conference Seminars
Seminar SOS - Scale-Out Servers
Organizers:
Chris Piedmonte, CEO, Suvola
Darren Cepulis, Datacenter Architect, ARM

“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.

Seminar SP - Silicon Photonics
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.

Seminar SDS - Software-Defined Storage
Organizers:
Jim Pinkerton, Architect, Microsoft
Bernie Wu, President, ProphetStor
Anjaneya (Reddy) Chagam, Principal Engineer / Lead SDS Architect, Intel

“Software-defined storage is the next big trend.  SDS enables agile and ealstic 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.

Tuesday, November 11th - Pre-Conference Seminars - Details
8:30-10:15am
Seminar SOS: Scale-Out Servers
Session SOS-1: Introduction
Chairperson: TBD
Instructors:
Introduction to Scale-Out Servers: Markets and Technology
Sameh Boujelbene, Director, Dell'Oro Group
TBD
Darren Cepulis, Datacenter Architect, ARM
8:30-10:15am
Seminar SP: Silicon Photonics
Session SP-1: Introduction
Chairperson: Stephen Hardy, Lightwave Magazine
Instructors:
Introduction to Silicon Photonics: Markets and Technology
Daryl Inniss, VP / Practice Leader Components, Ovum
TBD
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.

8:30-10:15am
Seminar SDS: Software Defined Storage
Session SDS-1: Introduction
Chairperson: Laura DuBois, Program Vice-President, IDC
Instructors:
Software-Defined Storage in the Third Platform Era
Ashish Nadkarni, Research Director, IDC
Visions for Software-Defined Storage
Jim Pinkerton, Architect, Microsoft
Scaling SDS
Bernie Wu, President, ProphetStor
Overview of Software-Defined Storage Markets
Chris DePuy, VP, Dell'Oro Group
10:30am-Noon
Seminar SOS: Scale-Out Servers
Session SOS-2: Current Implementations
Chairperson: TBD
Instructors:
TBD
Rishi Chugh, Cirector Product Marketing, Cavium
Low-Power, Right-Sized Enterprise Server Solutions
Gaurav Singh, VP Engineering / Product Development, Applied Micro
The DOME Microserver Project
Ronald Luijten, Manager / Data Center Optimization, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
10:30am-Noon
Seminar SP: Silicon Photonics
Session SP-2: Devices and Modules
Chairperson: Sylvie Menezo, CEA-Leti

Instructors:
Enabling Flexible Datacenter Interconnect Networks with WDM Silicon Photonics
Eric Hall, VP Business Development, Aurrion
State of the Industry and Accessible Processes
Michael Hochberg, OpSIS
TBD
Sylvie Menezo, CEA-Leti
10:30am-Noon
Seminar SDS: Software Defined Storage
Session SDS-2: Implementations
Chairperson: Anil Vasudeva, President, IMEX Research
Instructors:
iSCSI/FreeNAS Storage Network
Ed Blackmond, Director Software Services, Themis Computer
Delivering Standards-Based SDS Framework with OpenStack SSDS Controller
Anjaney (Reddy) Chagam, Principal Engineer / Lead SDS Architect, Intel
1:00-1:30pm
 
Keynote SOS: A Fireside Chat with TBD
Speaker: TBD
Interviewer: Sameh Boujelbene, Director, Dell'Oro Group
1:00-1:30pm
 
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
1:00-1:30pm
 
Keynote SDS: A Fireside Chat with Chuck Hollis of VMware
Speaker: Chuck Hollis, Chief Strategist, VMware
Interviewer: Rich Castagna, VP / Editorial Storage Media Group, TechTarget
1:30-2:45pm
Seminar SOS: Scale-Out Servers
Session SOS-3: Software
Chairperson: TBD
Instructors:
TBD
Chris Piedmonte, CEO, Suvola
Enabling Server Class Workloads
Andrea Gallo, Senior Director, Linaro Enterprise Group
1:30-2:45pm
Seminar SP: Silicon Photonics
Session SP-3: Solutions
Chairperson: Brice Achkir, Distinguised Engineer, Cisco Systems

Instructors:
TBD
Arlon Martin, Senior Director of Marketing, Mellanox
TBD
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: Jim Pinkerton, Architect, Microsoft
Instructors:
Implementing Data Services for Software-Defined Storage
Yoram Novick, CEO, Maxta
Increasing Resiliency, Performance, and Capacity with Software-Defined Storage
Sushant Rao, Senior Director Product Marketing, DataCore Software
3:00-4:00pm
Seminar SOS: Scale-Out Servers
Session SOS-4: Applications
Chairperson: TBD
Instructors:
TBD
Karl Freund, VP Marketing / Server Products, AMD
3:00-4:00pm
Seminar SP: Silicon Photonics
Session SP-4: System-Level Issues
Chairperson: Sylvie Menezo, CEA-Leti

Instructors:
TBD
TBD
3:00-4:00pm
Seminar SDS: Software Defined Storage
Session SDS-4: Applications
Chairperson: Scott Clinton, Senior Director Product Management, Redhat
Instructors:
Evolution of the Cloud Data Center
Kelly Murphy, Founder / CTO, GridStore
TBD
Chris Marsh, Solutions Marketing Manager, SanDisk
4:00-5:00pm
Seminar SOS: Scale-Out Servers
Session SOS-5: Future of Scale-Out Servers
Chairperson: Sameh Boujelbene, Director, Dell'Oro Group
Panelists:
Darren Cepulis, Datacenter Architect, ARM
Karl Freund, VP Marketing / Server Products, AMD
Gaurav Singh, Engineering / Product Development, Applied Micro
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: Future of Silicon Photonics
Chairperson: Daryl Inniss, VP / Practice Leader Photonics, Ovum

Panelists:
Victor Krutul, Intel
Brian Welch, Luxtera
Sylvie Menezo, CEA-Leti
Joel Goergen, Cisco Systems
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
Scott Clinton, Senior Director product Management, Redhat
Greg Scott, SDS Director, Intel
Thomas Cornely, VP Product Management, Nexenta
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
6:30-7:30pm
OPEN - Plenary: What the Finanical 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
Rod Nayfield, Senior VP Cloud Computing, Bank of America
Robert Ortega, Principal Enterprise Strategist, Microsoft