2021 Storage Developer Conference Speakers

Richelle Ahlvers

Richelle Ahlvers

Senior Storage Management Architect, Intel Corporation

Biography

Richelle has spent over 25 years in Enterprise Storage R&D teams in a variety of technical roles, leading the architecture, design and development of storage array software, storage management software user experience projects including mobility, developing new storage industry categories including SAN management, storage grid and cloud, and storage technology portfolio solutions.

Richelle has been engaged with industry standards initiatives with SNIA and DMTF for many years. She served as the SNIA Technical Council Chair and has been engaged across a breadth of technologies ranging from storage management to solid-state storage, cloud, and green storage. She is Co-Chair of the Storage Management Initiative and leads the SSM Technical Work Group developing the Swordfish Scalable Storage Management API.


Irfan Ahmad

Irfan Ahmad

Founder & CEO, Magnition.io

Biography

Irfan is a tech entrepreneur and a successful early-stage investor with a passion is helping startup founders achieve traction earlier than most think possible. Irfan was the co-founder and CTO of CloudPhysics, and also worked for Transmeta, Autodesk, Toronto Stock Exchange, Canada Trust (now TD) and the Museum of Steam and Technology.

Irfan received his pink tie from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Mathematics & Computer Science. He holds 40+ patents and has authored several award-winning research papers. Irfan routinely serves as referee in peer-reviewed academic conferences and journals.


Rajalaxmi Angandi

Rajalaxmi Angadi

Senior Engineer / Lead, Intel Corporation

Biography

Rajalaxmi Angadi is a Senior Engineer/Lead at Intel Corporation, she has over 14+ years of industry experience, architecting, developing of storage systems with fabrics technologies including NVMe & NVMe-oF. She has been heavily involved in development of schemas and mockups for SNIA swordfish in the Scalable Storage Management Technical Working group; She has co-authored multiple technical proposals and contributed to the NVM Express consortium. She is a key contributor of distributed endpoint manager, an open source tool for managing NVMe-oF resources.


 

Curtis Ballard

Curtis Ballard

Distinguished Technologist, HPE

Biography

Curtis Ballard is a technologist with Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the HPE Storage organization. Curtis has over 20 years of experience in storage and storage interface technologies. While working at Hewlett Packard and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Curtis has worked in product design teams for magneto optical disk drives, medium changer devices, tape drives, disk arrays, and enclosure management devices. He has worked on hardware designs for storage interfaces and storage controllers as well as firmware for motion control, storage interfaces, user interface, and embedded operating systems.

Curtis currently is a technologist in the HPE Storage R&D organization as well as representing HPE in industry standards bodies. He is the vice-chair of INCITS/T10 SCSI Storage Interfaces Technical Committee and as is contributing member of NVM Express. Curtis is currently the technical editor for several of the INCITS/T10 standards. He is an inventor on over 40 US patents in the storage industry across electrical, software, and mechanical disciplines and works in the Hewlett Packard Enterprise architecture community on storage architecture, intellectual property, and storage strategy.


Ralph Böhme

Ralph Böhme

Senior Software Engineer, SerNet / Samba Team

Biography

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Rory Bolt

Rory Bolt

Principal Architect, Sr. Fellow KIOXIA America, Inc.

Biography

Rory joined KIOXIA America in 2017. He has founded, built teams, and delivered product at four storage startups which were acquired ($400M, $165M and two undisclosed). Rory has more than twenty-five years of experience in data storage systems, data protection systems, and high performance computing with tenures as VP software Engineering at Samsung, Technical Director/CTO counsel at NetApp, CTO counsel at EMC, Vice President, Chief Storage Architect, and Distinguished Fellow at Quantum. Rory has been granted over 12 storage related patents and has several pending. Rory has a BS in Computer Engineering from UCSD.


Victor Cao

Victor Cao

Technology Collaboration & Partnership Manager, Futurewei

Biography

Victor is a strategic planner, strong leader, works with multi-disciplinary teams to develop strategic partners and clients, expand businesses, achieve high performance, and maintain profitability. With over ten years of experience of data solutions architect and business development, Victor mainly focuses on digital transformation and innovation.


Mark Carlson

Mark Carlson

Principal Engineer, Industry Standards, Kioxia

Biography

Mark A. Carlson, Principal Engineer, Industry Standards at Kioxia, has more than 35 years of experience with Networking and Storage development and more than 20 years experience with Java technology. Mark was one of the authors of the CDMI Cloud Storage standard. He has spoken at numerous industry forums and events. He is the co-chair of the SNIA Cloud Storage and Object Drive technical working groups, and serves as co-chair of the SNIA Technical Council.


Phil Cayton

Phil Cayton

Senior Staff Engineer, Intel Corporation

Biography

Phil Cayton is a Senior Staff Engineer at Intel Corporation, with 25 years’ experience developing and researching non-volatile local and remote storage and fabrics technologies, particularly NVMe, NVMe-oF, NVMe-MI, InfiniBand and iWARP architectures resulting in 25+ patents.


Joseph Chen

Joseph Chen

CEO, Trusted Computing Group

Biography

Joseph Chen is the CEO at ULINK Technology. He has worked on the design and development of HDD’s and SSD’s supporting a variety of interfaces including NVMe, SATA, and SAS. He has also participated in defining TCG Opal specifications, as well as developing and testing TCG Opal hardware and firmware. Joseph was the Director of Engineering at Samsung SSD and HDD, Director of Engineering at Cirrus Logic, and Oak Technology.


Nick Connolly

Nick Connolly

Chief Scientist, MayaData / DataCore Software

Biography

Nick Connolly is the Chief Scientist at MayaData and a pioneer of storage virtualization with 20+ years of experience, holding patents ranging from highly scalable algorithms through to data protection techniques. As Chief Architect, his background in real-time computing and Unix multiprocessing led to the creation of DataCore’s world-class high-performance storage stack on Windows. Recently he has been working on the open source WPDK project (https://wpdk.github.io), bringing the power and performance of NVMe to Windows using SPDK.


Thomas Coughlin

Thomas Coughlin

President, Coughlin Associates

Biography

Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates is a digital storage analyst as well as a business and technology consultant. He has over 40 years in the data storage industry with engineering and management positions at several companies.

Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit. Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide, which is now in its second edition with Springer. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical and Business Consulting services. Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Report and other industry reports. Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for Forbes.com and other blogs.

Tom is active with SMPTE (Journal article writer and Conference Program Committee), SNIA (including a founder of the SNIA SSSI, now CMSI), the IEEE, (he is an IEEE President Elect Candidate in 2021, Past Director for IEEE Region 6, Past President of IEEE USA, Past Chair of the IEEE New Initiatives and Public Visibility Committees and active in the Consumer Electronics Society) and other professional organizations. Tom is the founder and organizer of the Storage Visions Conference (www.storagevisions.com as well as the Creative Storage Conference (www.creativestorage.org). He was the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit for 10 years. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a board member of the Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV). For more information on Tom Coughlin and his publications and activities go to www.tomcoughlin.com.


Don Deel

Don Deel

Storage Management Architect, SNIA Member

Biography

Don Deel is a Senior Storage Architect, with over 30 years of industry experience working with storage, networking, server, and management technologies. He has been active in storage-related standards development activities for many years and has pioneering experience with the HIPPI, Fibre Channel, and SMI-S standards. He has held a number of positions within the SNIA since the early days of the organization and has been recognized for his contributions several times.


Michael Dexter

Michael Dexter

CTO, Gainframe

Biography

Michael is a member of the SNIA Data Protection and Privacy Committee who provides independent OpenZFS-related storage support to clients of all sizes around the world.


Mounir Elmously

Mounir Elmously

Executive, Consulting Services, Ernst & Young

Biography

Mounir is a Senior manager in the Consulting Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. He leads the storage infrastructure services within the IT transformation practice. Mounir helps build trusted relationships as a strategic infrastructure technology advisor with clients, and works internally across teams to deliver business outcomes and end-to-end business and IT transformation services.

Mounir has over twenty-five years of industry experience in information technology with an emphasis around data protection and replication, business availability, disaster recovery, compute and storage technologies, He focuses on leading practices for enterprise technology architecture, shared IT services, storage, data center availability data protection, and disaster recovery strategy services. technical insight that better align IT capabilities with corporate strategy.


Doug Finke

Doug Finke

Managing Editor, Quantum Computing Report

Biography

Doug Finke is Managing Editor of the Quantum Computing Report which he founded in 2015 so he could apply his wide breadth of experience to help accelerate the proliferation of quantum computing to the general marketplace. He started his career as a mainframe computer design engineer at IBM and subsequently served in a variety of executive roles in marketing, engineering, and operations at Intel, STEC, Western Digital, Corning and several startup companies. Doug holds degrees in computer engineering and management from the University of Illinois and MIT, respectively.


Steven French

Steven French

Principal Software Engineer - Azure Storage, Microsoft

Biography

Steve French is a Principal Software Engineer for Microsoft Azure Storage, and the original author and maintainer of the Linux cifs/smb3 client, and a member of the Samba team, and former chair of the SNIA CIFS Working Group, and is a frequent speaker at Linux and Storage events.


Jerome Gaysse

Jerome Gaysse

Senior Technology and Market Analyst, Silinnov Consulting

Biography

Jerome Gaysse is senior technology and market analyst at Silinnov Consulting, a consultancy based on emerging data storage technologies. He also drives the Cloud services offering at SPIE ICS, a leading IT French company. He has strong technical expertise in IP, NVM, FPGAs, and ASICs for the data center market. He successfully worked with major corporate companies, startups, and research institutes in both Europe and the USA. He is a regular presenter at international conferences such as those sponsored by IEEE and SNIA, as well as past Flash Memory Summits. Jerome earned an MSEE from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Lyon (France) with a semiconductor specialty.


Sathya Gunasekar

Sathya Gunasekar

Software Engineer, Facebook

Biography

I am a software engineer in the Cache Infrastructure at Facebook since 2012. Cache Infrastructure develops and operates services to provide efficient, online access to social graph and product data. It encompasses services like TAO, Memcache and libraries like CacheLib that enable building several cache services at Facebook. Before Facebook, I graduated with a Master’s in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin Madison.


Jim Handy

James Handy

Principal Analyst, Objective Analysis

Biography

Jim Handy, a widely recognized semiconduc-tor analyst, comes to Objective Analysis with over 30 years in the electronics in-dustry including over 20 years as an in-dustry analyst for Gartner Dataquest, Semico Research, and Objective Analysis. His background includes marketing and design positions at market-leading suppli-ers including Intel, National Semiconduc-tor, and Infineon.

Mr. Handy is a member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), a Leader in the GLG Councils of Advisors, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Flash Memory Summit. He is the author of three blogs covering memory chips (www.TheMemoryGuy.com), SSDs (www.TheSSDguy.com), and semicon-ductors for the investor (www.Smartkarma.com). He contributes to a number of other blogs.

A frequent presenter at trade shows, Mr. Handy is known for his widespread in-dustry presence and volume of publica-tion. He has written hundreds of articles for trade journals, Dataquest, Semico, and others, and is frequently interviewed and quoted in the electronics trade press and other media.

Mr. Handy has a strong technical leaning, with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical En-gineering from Georgia Tech, and is a patent holder in the field of cache memory design. He is the author of The Cache Memory Book (Harcourt Brace, 1993), the leading reference in the field. Handy also holds an MBA degree from the Uni-versity of Phoenix. He has performed rigorous technical analysis on the eco-nomics of memory manufacturing and sales, discrediting some widely held theo-ries while unveiling other true motivators of market behavior.


Erich Hanke

Erich Hanke

Sr. Principal Engineer, Storage and Memory Products, IntelliProp

Biography

Erich has been a PGA/ASIC Design Engineer with IntelliProp since 2007. He specializes in high-speed storage interface protocols such as SATA, SAS, and PCIe. Erich also had deep expertise in storage SoC/ASSP architectures implementing embedded processors, hardware RAID engines, multiple DMA engines, Encryption, and data manipulation.


Basil Hess

Basil Hess

Research Engineer, IBM Research Europe

Biography

Basil Hess is a Research Engineer at IBM Research Europe. His focus is on preparing the cryptographic infrastructure for the quantum era. He contributes to the NIST PQC standardization process as part of the SIKE submission team. He is also a team member of Open Quantum Safe, the OSS community’s initiative to support the development and prototyping of quantum safe cryptography. Basil holds a PhD in Information Systems and a MSc in Computer Science, both from ETH Zurich.


Eric Hibbard

Eric Hibbard

Director, Product Planning – Storage Networking & Security, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

Biography

Eric A. Hibbard is the Director, Product Planning – Storage Networking & Security at Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. and a cybersecurity and privacy leader with extensive experience in industry (PrivSec Consulting LLC, Hitachi, Raytheon, Hughes, OAO Corp), U.S. Government (NASA, DoE, DoD), and academia (University of California). He has extensive exerperience architecting and auditing information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructures and solutions involving a wide range of technologies (IoT, cloud, storage, big data, AI, smart cities, blockchain) in organizations throughout the world.

Mr. Hibbard holds leadership positions in standards development organization and industry associations, including ISO/IEC, the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), the IEEE Computer Society, the American Bar Association (ABA), the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). Hibbard is or has served in an editorship role on the following international standards projects: ISO/IEC 22123 (Cloud computing – Vocabulary/Concepts), ISO/IEC 27031 (ICT readiness for business continuity), ISO/IEC 27050 (Electronic discovery), ISO/IEC 27040 (Storage security), ISO/IEC PAS 20648 (TLS for storage systems), Rec. ITU-T 3500 | ISO/IEC 17788 (Cloud computing -- Overview and vocabulary), and IEEE 1619-2018 (XTS-AES).

Mr. Hibbard possesses a unique set of professional credentials that include the (ISC)2 CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP, and ISSEP certifications; IAPP CIPP/US and CIPT certifications; ISACA CISA and CDPSE certifications; and CSA CCSK certification. He has a BS in Computer Science.


Jeff Hilland

Jeff Hilland

Distinguished Technologist, President DMTF, DMTF; HPE

Biography

Jeff Hilland is a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) in the CTO organization working on infrastructure management architecture with a focus on servers. Jeff served as VP of Technology for DMTF for 6 years before being appointed President of DMTF. Jeff has served in various leadership roles in DMTF since 2003, including chair of the Executive Committee, Technical Committee, Platform Subcommittee and co-chair of both the Server Management Work Group and the Desktop & Mobile Work Group. Jeff is one of the chief architects behind Redfish and contributed significantly to SMASH & DASH. Jeff also co-chairs the Security Task Force in PMCI. Jeff has spent the last 23 years driving industry standards and has also served in chairing roles in the Gen-Z Consortium, RDMA Consortium and the InfiniBand Trade Association.


Shyamkumar Iyer

Shyamkumar Iyer

Distinguished Engineer, Dell

Biography

Distinguished Engineer in Dell's Office of CTO experienced at Researching, Designing, Developing, Debugging, Validating, Leading and Driving System and Software solutions that have an industry-wide impact. Experienced in leading research concepts that turn into industry-first products or influence roadmaps significantly. With 37 granted patents and 21 pending, Shyam has wide experience with Kernel, Device Drivers, Operating Systems, Virtualization, FPGA/Hardware device definitions, system architecture, performance tuning, Simulation, characterization, Storage Networking protocol stacks, OS/BIOS interfaces, Systems management, CPU micro-architecture, etc. He regularly presents/reviews solutions internally and externally with C-level execs/customers/developer-oriented audiences. Shyam writes code/reviews them for relief and enjoys a healthy smattering of technical and business-oriented discussions.

Shyam is also the Chair for SDXI(Smart Data Acceleration Interface), a newly formed SNIA TWG which aims to develop, extend and drive an extensible, virtualizable, forward-compatible, memory to memory data movement and acceleration interface standard.


Namjae Jeon

Namjae Jeon

Senior SW engineer, Samsung Electronics

Biography

- Linux Kernel Developer.
- Linux SMB kernel server(ksmbd) maintainer.
- Linux exfat/exfatprogs maintainer.
- Senior SW engineer, Samsung Electronics.


Howard Johnson

Howard Johnson

Technology Architect, Broadcom BSN

Biography

Howard Johnson began his career in 1984 developing configuration applications for 3270 Cluster Controllers for McDATA Corporation in Boulder, Colorado. In 1993, in partnership with IBM, Howard was part of the team that created the ESCON Director Models 3/4/5 as well as the FICON to ESCON Bridge. As technical leader, he directed the efforts of the technical teams that expanded IBM’s original storage-area networks (SAN) from ESCON to FICON.

In 2007, Howard joined Brocade, a Broadcom company, as a member of the Fabric Operating Systems Architecture group and is responsible for the technical strategy relating to Brocade’s mainframe infrastructure offerings. His industry experience lead to a featured interview in Enterprise Executive (2019, issue 6), where he discussed the future of the mainframe, FICON, and Fibre Channel.

Howard is actively involved in the Fibre Channel standards development as part of the INCITS/ANSI T11.3 organization representing Broadcom and is the technical liaison with many of Broadcom’s Fibre Channel industry partners. Utilizing these relationships, Howard orchestrated standardization of the Fabric Notifications architecture for the Fibre Channel industry and worked with ecosystem partners to develop solutions leveraging Fabric Notifications in the formation of autonomous SAN technology.

Today, Howard is an active member of the Brocade SAN Networking division of Broadcom Limited and continues his technical leadership in enterprise networking solutions. With more than 37-years of professional experience in high-end processing environments, Howard remains an active advocate of Fibre Channel and enterprise solutions.


Yang Seok Ki

Yang Seok Ki

Sr. Director, Samsung Electronics

Biography

Dr. Yang Seok Ki is Senior Director of Memory Solutions Lab (MSL) at Samsung Semiconductor Inc. in San Jose, California. Since joining Samsung 2011, he has led in-storage computing projects including smart SSD and key-value SSD, and led the NVMe key-value standard, SNIA key-value API, and SNIA compute storage API at Samsung. He is also a member of the Open Computing Project (OCP) Future Technology Initiative (FTI). Prior to joining Samsung, he worked in Oracle's Server Technology Group. Prior to his industrial career, he was involved in high performance computing (HPC), grid, and cloud research at the Institute of Information Sciences at the University of Southern California and the Center for Networked Systems at the University of California, San Diego. He received his Ph.D., Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from Seoul National University, and completed the Engineering Leadership Professional Program (ELPP) at University of California, Berkeley.


Ramya Krishnamurthy

Ramya Krishnamurthy

Senior QA Architect, HPE

Biography

Have 18 years’ of strong hands-on experience in the storage domain across companies like HPE, NetApp, EMC (Wipro/Mindtree). Working as QA architect in HPE currently for HPE storage solution with 3PAR /Primera.


Ajay Kumar

Ajay Kumar

Test Expert, HPE

Biography

Have almost 13 year of industry experience in server and storage domain currently at HPE. Had been part of Ecosystem team to qualify latest Windows Server OS. Working on Protocols like FCP,NVMoFC and iSCSI. Prior to HPE have worked with NetApp on Data Protection solution like Backup/Snapmirror/Snaplock/Snapvault.


Mohan Kumar

Mohan Kumar

Intel Fellow, Intel

Biography

Mohan Kumar is Intel Fellow in Intel Data Products Group and Senior Director of Cloud Architecture! He has over twenty six years of experience in Cloud Architecture, server architecture, pathfinding of RAS features, and has played key roles in many industry initiatives such as ACPI, PCI, PCIe, Redfish…He is also a regular presenter at industry forums such as SNIA, OCP…

Mohan holds over 200 issued patents, and author of a book titled “A Vision for Platform Autonomy”.


David Landsman

David Landsman

Director Industry Standards, Western Digital

Biography

Dave is Director of Industry Standards at WD, responsible for WD’s storage standards efforts across data center, client, and mobile/removable markets. Dave has driven storage standards efforts for WD (and SanDisk prior) in NVMe, PCI-SIG, T10, T13, SATA-IO, SNIA, JEDEC, TCG, USB-IF, IEEE, SDA, CFA, and others. Dave is currently on the Board of Directors for NVMe, SATA-IO, and the Compact Flash Association, chair of two workgroups within JEDEC, co-chair of OCP Storage Project, and advisory member of the SNIA Technical Council. Prior to his standards work, Dave’s background includes business development, product planning, and IT, for SanDisk, mSystems and Intel, as well as software development in device driver, network, and real time OS. He was also VP Product Marketing at a startup in Seattle, where he resides today. Dave has a BA in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego. He has 30+ years of experience in the semiconductor industry, and holds a US patent in storage security.


Jeongkeun Lee

Jeongkeun Lee

Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation

Biography

Jeongkeun "JK" Lee is a Principal Engineer at Intel, Barefoot Switching Division. He led Advanced Applications team at Barefoot Networks, producing INT telemetry, L4 Load Balancing, and network tester products on Tofino/P4. At Intel, he's been leading SW/HW architectures for applications across network dataplanes -- CPU, FPGA, smart NIC, switch -- with a congestion management as one of the main driving applications. He's been a co-chair of P4.org Applications WG.


Bing Liu

Bing Liu

Software Principal Engineer, Dell EMC

Biography

Bing is a principal SW engineer in DELL Data Domain. His current work includes storage management, IO stack, SAS driver and machine learning based disk failure prediction. Within these areas, he had 10+ granted patents.


Chun Liu

Chun Liu

Chief Architect, Futurewei Technologies

Biography

Chun Liu is a Chief Architect at Futurewei Technologies, focusing on the persistent memory and storage software stack. His work includes the persistent layer abstraction and design for both persistent memory and storage devices, research and development of indexing engine and transaction engines optimized for persistent memory, many of which are implemented in Huawei’s current storage products. Prior to joining Futurewei/Huawei in 2017, Chun worked on All-Flash Arrays at Nimble Storage and Violin Memory, and microprocessor design in AMD. Chun received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and MS and BS in CSE from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


Mohiuddin Mazumder

Mohiuddin Mazumder

Principal Engineer, Data Center Group, PCI-SIG, Intel

Biography

Mohiuddin Mazumder is a Principal Engineer in Data Center Group at Intel Corporation. He leads pathfinding and development work for high-speed serial links such as PCIe and Intel’s UltraPath Interconnect. He is a co-chair of the PCI-SIG Electrical Work Group. Mohiuddin joined Intel in 1996 after obtaining his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Yale University.


Dr. Jai Menon

Dr. Jai Menon

Chief Scientist, Fungible

Biography

Dr. Jai Menon is Chief Scientist at Fungible, a Santa Clara-based startup providing at-scale, next-generation solutions for the data center, cloud and IT industries. Menon previously served as the CTO for both Dell and IBM. At Dell, Dr. Menon served as VP and CTO for the Dell Enterprise Solutions Group and became head of research and chief research officer for Dell in 2013. In 2016, he was appointed chief scientist of Cloudistics, a superconverged enterprise cloud platform company, where he drove new innovations in storage, networking, compute scaling and cloud management. Dr. Menon holds over 50 patents and played an integral role at IBM during the development of its revolutionary RAID storage technology. An IBM Master Inventor and IBM Fellow, he has received industry-wide recognition as the winner of the IEEE Wallace McDowell Award and the Reynold B. Johnson Information Systems Award.


Stefan Metzmacher

Stefan Metzmacher

Developer, SerNet/Samba-Team

Biography

Stefan Metzmacher is working for SerNet and is a member of the international Samba Team. His focus is spread into all areas of Samba including WINS-Replication, DRS-Replication, Authentication, SMB*, DCERPC and a lot of architectural [re-]designs of common code.


Jason Molgaard

Jason Molgaard

Co-Chair, Computational Storage TWG; Senior Principal Storage Device Architect, Arm Inc.

Biography

Jason is a flexible, experienced, lead ASIC/SoC Design Engineer, and Architect with proven architecture, design, verification, and design leadership experience in Fortune 500 and Global Technology companies. Extensive experience developing enterprise storage ASICs, including microprocessor and microcontroller design and integration. Effective ASIC and team lead who prioritizes and assigns tasks, tracks progress, and collaborates with local, remote, and international engineers. Skilled at communicating, explaining and instructing


Ashish Neekhra

Ashish Neekhra

Senior Test Specialist, HPE

Biography

I am Ashish Neekhra, with 13+ yrs. of experience in working with different technologies like operating systems, storage, virtualization, containers and cloud. Currently I am part of HPE Primary Storage QA team working on System testing.


Chandra Nelogal

Chandra Nelogal

DMTS (distinguished member of technical staff), Trusted Computing Group

Biography

Chandra Nelogal is a DMTS (distinguished member of technical staff) at Dell Technologies, and represents Dell at the TCG storage work group, contributing to several standards by the work group. He has contributed to standards such as TCG Opal, TCG SIIS and related specifications works. His expertise is in RAID data storage with focus on performance, reliability, availability and serviceability.

Chandra works on end to end aspects of the storage technologies all the way from storage devices to system management applications and interfaces including storage controllers, host OS device drivers, etc. He also focuses on adoption of security features for data storage products and solutions. Chandra is a prolific innovator with more than 30 granted US patents.


Peter Onufryk

Peter Onufryk

Intel Fellow, Intel

Biography

Peter is an Intel Fellow in the Design Engineering Group at Intel. He has been active in NVMe standardization as an NVMe Board Member, NVMe Management Workgroup Chair, and NVMe Technical Workgroup Chair. Peter holds over 40 patents and has written several published articles and books. Before Intel, Peter was a Fellow in the Data Center Solutions business unit at Microchip responsible for storage product architecture. He was previously Director of Engineering at Integrated Device Technology (IDT) and a research staff member at AT&T Bell Labs. Peter earned a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University and an MSEE from Purdue University.


Eric Ries

Eric Ries

SVP Memory and Storage Strategy Division, KIOXIA America Inc.

Biography

Eric Ries joined Toshiba Corp. in June 2013 as the General Manager of Corporate Development and Strategy for the Semiconductor & Storage Products Company in Tokyo.  He  returned to the United States in 2016 as the Sr. Vice President for Memory and Storage Strategy for Toshiba Memory America (now KIOXIA). The Memory and Storage Strategy group, among other things, is exploring methods and technologies to better integrate memory with storage and storage with software aiming to provide a more compelling and fluid way to manage data in world where systems are now scaled and integrated in an unprecedented manner. Eric is a graduate of Brigham Young University.


Thomas Rivera

Thomas Rivera

Strategic Success Manager, VMware

Biography

Thomas Rivera, CISSP, CDPSE, has over 25 years of experience in data storage architectures, with specialties in data protection and data privacy. Thomas is currently at VMware Carbon Black, working on advancing Cybersecurity & Data Privacy standards. Thomas also co-chairs the SNIA Data Protection and Privacy Committee (DPPC), and is an active member of SNIA’s Security Technical Working Group. Thomas also serves as the Secretary for the Cybersecurity & Privacy Standards Committee within IEEE, as well as secretary for Cybersecurity INCITS Technical Committee (CS1).


Andy Rudoff

Andy Rudoff

Persistent Memory SW Architect, Intel

Biography

Andy Rudoff is a Senior Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation, focusing on Non-Volatile Memory programming. He is a contributor to the SNIA NVM Programming Technical Work Group. His more than 30 years industry experience includes design and development work in operating systems, file systems, networking, and fault management at companies large and small, including Sun Microsystems and VMware. Andy has taught various Operating Systems classes over the years and is a co-author of the popular UNIX Network Programming textbook.


Marek Rychlik

Marek Rychlik

CEO of Xoralgo Inc., Professor of Mathematics at the University of Arizona, co-inventor of a patented RAID and ECC technology, Xoralgo, Inc

Biography

Marek Rychlik received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1983. He pursued research in several fields of mathematics as part of his employment at several major universities and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton. Currently he is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. He published his research in most prestigious journals. He is a recipient of Monroe Martin Prize for a best paper in Applied Mathematics by a mathematician under 35 years of age. His paper completely solving the Equichordal Point Problem, a problem that eluded mathematician for 80-years, was published in Inventiones Mathematicae, one of the two renowned journals in the field.

Professor Rychlik has pursued a number of problems of applied nature, which led him to become an entrepreneur and inventor, and a CEO of a University start-up company, Xoralgo. Inc. Professor Rychlik investigated the problem of finding an error correcting code which is as efficient as the 30-year old RAID 6 error correcting code, without a computational overhead, for over a decade. In 2017, in collaboration with his Ph.D. student Mohamand Moussa, he succeeded at finding such a code. This code, based on quintuple parity, extends the mean time to data loss (MTDL) from days for current RAID 6 to 100 quadrillion years (20 orderd of magnitude), and it as computationally efficient as RAID 6. The invention led to a US utility patent issued in May 2021, and is the cornerstone of Xoralgo's new RAID implementation, called PentaRAID.


Cathleen Scerbo

Cathleen Scerbo

VP, Chief Information Officer, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Biography

Cathleen Scerbo is Vice President, Chief Information Officer at the International Association of Privacy Professionals, a non-profit professional membership association whose mission is to define, promote and improve the privacy profession globally. Prior to joining the IAPP team in February 2019, she held various executive technology leadership positions at Liberty Mutual across infrastructure, applications and technology services. Cathy is an advocate of Women in Technology, and passionate about technology literacy for business executives. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.


Brad Settlemyer

Brad Settlemyer

Storage Researcher, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Biography

Brad Settlemyer is a Senior Scientist in Los Alamos National Laboratory's HPC Design group. He received his Ph.D in computer engineering from Clemson University in 2009 with a research focus on the design of parallel file systems. Before coming to Los Alamos National Laboratory he spent 5 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory researching and implementing high-performance storage systems. He currently leads the storage systems research efforts within Los Alamos' Ultrascale Research Center and his team is responsible for designing and deploying state of the art storage systems for enabling scientific discovery. He is the primary investigator on projects ranging from ephemeral file system development to archival storage systems using molecular information technology and he has published papers on emerging storage systems, long distance data movement, system modeling, and storage system algorithms. His team’s work has been featured in national media, in 2019 his team won an R&D100 award for their work on DeltaFS, and in 2020 their work on computational storage was recognized with a Government Innovation Award for innovation within the public sector.


Scott Shadley

Scott Shadley

Co-Chair, Computational Storage TWG; VP Marketing, NGD Systems

Biography

Scott has spent over 25 years in the semiconductor and storage space in MFG, Design, and Marketing. His experience spans 17 years at Micron. He spent time at STEC, where he was critical to the growth of the startup to acquisition. His efforts have helped lead to products in the market with over $300M in revenue. With over $2B in overall program revenues over the last 10 years, Scott is now driving NGD Systems to a new forefront of success.


Karthik Shivaram

Karthik Shivaram

Storage Engineer, Facebook

Biography

Karthik Shivaram is a Storage Hardware Engineer at Facebook. He has over 11+ years of storage experience in developing Solid State Devices. At Facebook, he works on Flash Storage for Facebook Infrastructure.


David Sietz

David Sietz

Systems / Solution Architect, IAPP

Biography

David Sietz is a system architect at International Association of Privacy Professionals with more than 20 years of hands-on experience. Starting his IT career in Munich Germany, his professional history as a data architect, system designer, and adult educator, instilled in him a sense of IT with the business customer in mind.

David's specialty is architecting, designing, and constructing of viable solutions that are properly engineered for their purpose and longevity. His breadth of knowledge of data management, microservice architecture, and building cloud platforms allows him to bridge disciplines and provide MVP solutions.


Erik Smith

Erik Smith

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Dell

Biography

Erik Smith is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff working for Dell’s CTIO group. Over the past 23 years, Erik has spent the majority of his time working on Storage Area Networks; first as an integration Engineer working for EMC’s E-Lab where he lead the Interoperability team, and later as an active participant in the Fibre Channel standards body (T11). Most recently Erik has been focused on defining a Centralized Discovery Controller (CDC) that is intended to address what he refers to as “NVMe-oF’s discovery problem”, especially as it relates to NVMe/TCP.


Junho Suh

Junho Suh

Software Engineer, Intel Corporation

Biography

Junho Suh is a Software Engineer at Intel, Barefoot Switching Division, working on advanced networking applications with a programmable data plane technology including Intel Tofino, SmartNIC, DPDK, and eBPF.


Steven Tran

Steven Tran

Software Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

Biography

Steven is a member of the Microsoft SMB team since 2020. He has been working on advanced SMB features and protocols.


Lucas Villa Real

Lucas Villa Real

Research Software Engineer, IBM Research

Biography

At IBM Research Brazil since 2011, Lucas works with data management for scientific and geospatial workloads. Prior to joining the lab, Lucas was a member of IBM Almaden Research Center, where he contributed to the creation and implementation of LTFS, a filesystem for magnetic tapes that became an ISO standard and, to date, is the only filesystem that has received an Emmy Award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Lucas is also a principal developer of GoboLinux, a research Linux distribution that uses an alternative filesystem hierarchy. He holds a MsC from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo in Brazil.


Daniel Waddington

Daniel Waddington

Principal Research Staff Member, IBM Research

Biography

Dr. Waddington is currently a researcher in the Storage Systems Research Group, IBM Research Almaden, California. His current focus is around non-volatile memory and high-performance distributed storage systems. Dr. Waddington holds a Ph.D. from Lancaster University, UK and has over thirty research publications across a broad range of topics pertinent to systems building and performance optimization. He has twenty years of industrial research experience and has previously worked at Bell Labs, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Labs, and Samsung Research America. During his career he has applied his research to a broad array of applications including telecommunication switches, mission control and avionics systems, and mobile services. He is a senior member of the ACM.


Mike Walker

Mike Walker

Storage Management Architect, Storage Networking Industry Association

Biography

Mike Walker's professional experience includes over 38 years at IBM Corporation where he most recently served as a senior technical staff member before retiring. His job history includes working as a programmer in Ad Tech and working on the VM operating system. He has served on numerous SNIA committees since 2003 and was instrumental in developing the SMI-S specification.


Joseph White

Joseph White

Fellow, Dell

Biography

Dr. Joseph L. White is currently a Fellow with Dell’s CTO office focused on disaggregated infrastructure and storage networking including NVMe-oF. Prior to joining Dell in 2013 Dr. White worked for Juniper Networks as a Distinguished Engineer in data center networking, Decru (NetApp) as a Technical Director and McDATA as a Technical Director in the CTO office. He joined McDATA in 2003 through the Nishan Systems acquisition. In 1998, he co-founded Nishan Systems, one of the first companies to champion IP storage within the industry and deliver enterprise quality, high performance, multi-protocol SAN switches, routers, and gateways. Prior to Nishan, Dr. White worked as a physicist at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center focusing on data acquisition, data analysis, and control systems programming for high energy physics experiments. He holds a PhD in High Energy Particle Physics from Rice University.


David Woolf

David Woolf

Senior Exec Technology Office, UNH-IOL

Biography

David Woolf is the Senior Executive of Technology Offerings at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). He has developed dozens of industry-reviewed test procedures and implementations as part of the team that has grown the UNH-IOL into a world-class center for interoperability and conformance testing. David has also helped to organize numerous industry interoperability test events at both the UNH-IOL facility and off-site locations. David has been an active participant in a broad array of industry communities addressing conformance and interoperability covering a diverse set of technologies including NVMe, NVMe-oF, MIPI D-PHY, C-PHY, A-PHY, DSI, CSI, SAS, SATA, CXL, OCP.


Wen Xin

Wen Xin

Software Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

Biography

Wen is a member of the Microsoft SMB team since 2017. He has been working on advanced SMB features and protocols. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 2017 with B.S. in Computer Science. He has presented at SDC and other industry events.


Qing Zheng

Qing Zheng

Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Biography

Qing Zheng is a guest scientist at Los Alamos National Lab's High-Performance Computing Division. Before joining Los Alamos, Qing was a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Department, focusing on High-Performance Computing storage. Qing's research has won R&D 100 and Supercomputing Best Paper awards.