Big Data and the Next Wave of InfraStress Problems, Solutions, Opportunities


Data storage is growing at a higher rate than ever before, and coupled with rapidly increasing demand for instant access, will cause great stress on both the physical and the human infrastructure of computing. System planners and administrators will soon face the interesting challenge of dealing with network and backup issues when office systems hold 100s of GB of disks, and larger servers reach 10s and 100s of TB and even PB. There will also be great opportunities in both research and commercial applications, but the problems must be understood, and solutions anticipated. This talk will give some examples, including some large customer problems that Silicon Graphics has been working on; and examine technology trends in storage capacities, access times, computer architectures, and bandwidths, to see what these portend over the next few years.