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Lead or attend a BoF! Meet with your peers! Present new work! Don't miss these special activities designed to maximize the value of your time at the conference. The always popular evening Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are very informal gatherings of persons interested in a particular topic.
Want to demonstrate a new product or discuss your company's latest technologies with FAST '15 attendees? Host a Vendor BoF! These sponsored one-hour sessions give companies a chance to talk about products and proprietary technology—and they include promotional benefits. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in sponsoring a Vendor BoF. Click here for more information about sponsorship opportunities.
Scheduling a BoF
To schedule a BoF, simply write the BoF title as well as your name and affiliation on one of the BoF Boards located in the registration area. If you have a description of your BoF you'd like posted on this Web page, please schedule your BoF on the BoF board, then send its title, the organizer's name and affiliation, and the date, time, and location of the BoF to email@example.com with "FAST 15 BoF" in the subject line.
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For the most current schedule, please see the BoF Boards in the registration area.
|Monday, February 16, 2015|
|Camino Real Room||40||Students/Young Professionals Meetup||Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC)|
|Tuesday, February 17, 2015|
|Camino Real Room||40||PRObE - Storage Projects
Review and Discussion
|Introduction of the new SPECsfs 2014 storage benchmark|
|Bayshore West||40||Hadoop, HDFS and POSIX||Practical Storage Cache Management with Miss Ratio Curves (MRCs): Sizing, Simulation, QoS and Analytics|
Using Distributed Fault Tolerant Memory in Virtualized Data Centers
|Wednesday, February 18, 2015|
|Camino Real Room||40||Important Research Topics - a SNIA perspective|
|Bayshore West||40||Board Game Night|
PRObE - Storage projects review & Discussion
Andree Jacobson, New Mexico Consortium
Tuesday, February 17, 8:00 pm- 9:00 pm, Camino Real Room
We will highlight some of the successful research projects on storage topics that PRObE have been instrumental in, and will discuss the future of PRObE.
Hadoop, HDFS and POSIX
Renu Tewari and Umar Minhas, IBM Almaden Research
Tuesday, February 17, 8:00 pm- 9:00 pm, Bayshore West
The Hadoop ecosystem relies on the HDFS filesystem as its storage infrastructure which is a non POSIX filesystem. We want to explore the interest in the community on enhancing HDFS to be partially POSIX compliant to make it more usable in database applications that assume a POSIX compliant filesystem.
Using Distributed Fault Tolerant Memory in Virtualized Data Centers, PernixData Vendor BoF
Woon Jung - Sr. Technical Director, PernixData
Tuesday, February 17, 8:00 pm- 9:00 pm, Bayshore East
Using server-based memory to accelerate storage in virtualized data centers offers a compelling value proposition. However, using a non-volatile medium as a read and write storage acceleration tier requires a new approach.
This talk will take the audience on a deep technical journey around the creation of DFTM, discussing: Technical challenges using server memory for acceleration at scale, Distributed systems aspects that are specific to server memory, Other innovations required to make DFTM a tectonic shift in storage design, and the road aheadWoon Jung is a Sr Technical Director at PernixData, where he has been a key member of the engineering team since company launch in early 2012. He is the technical lead for DFTM, DFTM-z and the Flash Format.
Introduction of the new SPECsfs 2014 storage benchmark
Sorin Faibish – Distinguished Engineer, CTO Office, EMC; Spencer Shepler – Microsoft; Don Capps - NetApp
Tuesday, February 17, 9:00 pm- 10:00 pm, Camino Real Room
The SPECsfs committee will present the new style of expandable storage benchmark that SPESsfs 2014 brings to the table. We will present the current workloads and discuss potential new features that we the SFS committee are planning to add to this expandable benchmark as well as new ideas for future releases.
Practical Storage Cache Management with Miss Ratio Curves (MRCs): Sizing, Simulation, QoS and Analytics
Irfan Ahmad, CloudPhysics; Alex Garthwaite, Twitter
Tuesday, February 17, 9:00 pm-10:00 pm, Bayshore West
Storage cache performance is non-linear in cache size and the benefit of caches varies widely by workload. While working-set estimation provides valuable information, it doesn’t measure data reuse, nor does it predict changes in performance as cache allocations are varied.
A miss-ratio curve can fill this gap. However, MRC computation has traditionally been too resource-intensive to be broadly practical. This is further exacerbated by increasing cache sizes in commodity systems with non-volatile memories. A resurgence in research interest has yielded new algorithmic improvements that make online MRC computation feasible for the first time.
At this BoF session, we will discuss the directions online cache management can take, with a particular emphasis on translating research into practical systems.
Short presentations totaling 30 minutes will introduce the topic and the new work in this area. The remainder of the time will be dedicated to an open discussion on: application of MRC computation in storage devices/arrays today, ideas for applications of online MRCs at the application or operating system layers, next steps in research on how to fully utilize online cache utility curves, setting a research agenda: what are the unsolved problems
Important Research Topics - a SNIA perspective
Arnold Jones, Storage Networking Industry Association
Wednesday, February 18, 8:00 pm-9:00 pm, Camino Real Room
Come hear ideas for your next research project from industry leaders participating in SNIA standards efforts. Many times as standards are being developed, questions arise that can best be addressed by basic performance or architecture based experiments. Your next research project could help determine the direction of a new standard. Areas that need research include: Cloud Computing/Storage, Object Drives, Non-Volatile Memory. Solid State Systems, Flash
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