FAST '19 Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)

Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are very informal gatherings of persons interested in a particular topic. 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.

Vendor BoFs

Want to demonstrate a new product or discuss your company's latest technologies with FAST '19 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. Contact the Sponsorship Department if you're interested in sponsoring a Vendor BoF or for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

Scheduling a BoF

It's not too late! To schedule a BoF, simply write the BoF title as well as your name and affiliation on the BoFs board 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 the title, the organizer's name and affiliation, and the date, time, and location of the BoF to with "FAST '19 BoF" in the subject line.

Monday, February 25
ROOM CAPACITY 7:00 pm–8:00 pm 8:00 pm–9:00 pm 9:00 pm–10:00 pm 10:00 pm–11:00 pm
Gardner Room
(A/V Available)
Tuesday, February 26
ROOM CAPACITY 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 8:30 pm–9:30 pm 9:30 pm–10:30 pm
Gardner Room A 50 USENIX Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC) BoF Students/Young Professionals Meetup Board Game Night
Gardner Room B
(A/V Available)
80    Data Storage Research Vision 2025  
Republic Ballroom
(A/V Available)
80 Amazon Vendor BoF: Round Table Discussion ROOM NOT AVAILABLE ROOM NOT AVAILABLE
Grand Ballroom
(A/V Available)
550 NetApp Vendor BoF: Hands-On with NetApp    
Wednesday, February 27
ROOM CAPACITY 8:00 pm–9:00 pm 9:00 pm–10:00 pm 10:00 pm–11:00 pm
Jefferson Room 30 Private Reception  
Grand Ballroom
(A/V Available)
A Paradigm Shift in Storage by Bringing Compute to Data with Computational Storage

BoF Descriptions

USENIX Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC BoF)

Tuesday, February 26, 7:30 pm–8:30 pm, Gardner Room A
Let's talk about women in advanced computing. All registered attendees of FAST, NSDI, and Vault—of all genders—are welcome to attend this BoF.

Amazon Round Table Discussion

Tuesday, February 26, 7:30 pm–8:30 pm, Republic Ballroom
Join Amazon Leaders for a roundtable-style discussion on Hot Topics in the storage field. Get Amazon’s top storage leaders perspective on the industry and how Amazon is continuing to invent and push boundaries. Pizza and beer will be available throughout the event.

Hands On With NetApp

Tuesday, February 26, 7:30 pm–8:30 pm, Grand Ballroom
Get hands-on with some NetApp hardware. Have you ever *seen* a filer, let alone unboxed, installed, or configured one for client I/O? Now's your chance! Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks provided.

Students and Young Professionals Meetup

Tuesday, February 26, 8:30 pm–9:30 pm, Gardner Room A
Come for the refreshments, stay for the opportunity to meet and network with other students and young professionals attending FAST, NSDI, and Vault.

Data Storage Research Vision 2025

Tuesday, February 26, 8:30 pm–9:30 pm, Gardner Room B
Organizers: Ming Zhao, Arizona State University; Ali Butt, Virginia Tech; George Amvrosiadis, Carnegie Mellon University; Erez Zadok, Stony Brook University
With the rapidly evolving computing paradigms and storage hardware, there is a urgent need for a consolidated effort to identify and establish a vision for storage systems research. The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) “Visioning Workshop on Data Storage Research 2025” brought together a number of storage researchers from academia, industry, national laboratories, and federal agencies to develop a collective vision for future storage research ( This BoF will share the findings from this vision workshop with the community.

Board Game Night

Tuesday, February 26, 9:30 pm–10:30 pm, Gardner Room A
Join FAST, NSDI, and Vault attendees for some good old-fashioned board games. We'll have some on hand, but bring your own games, too!

Private Reception

Wednesday, February 27, 8:00 pm–10:00 pm, Jefferson Room

A Paradigm Shift in Storage by Bringing Compute to Data with Computational Storage

Wednesday, February 27, 8:00 pm-9:00 pm, Grand Ballroom
The industry is seeing an increase in customer requirements to move compute closer to traditional storage devices and systems. In response, a growing number of data-driven applications have demonstrated that adding computation to the normal storage features of devices and systems can realize a significant performance and infrastructure scaling advantage. Computational Storage solutions typically target applications where the demand to process ever-growing storage workloads is outpacing traditional compute server architectures. These applications include AI, big data, content delivery, database, machine learning and many others that are used industry-wide. SNIA has established a new technical workgroup to facilitate the use of computational storage in mainstream application environments. This session will discuss their work activities and plans to promote interoperability of devices, and standards for system deployment, provisioning, management and security.