FAST '20 Technical Sessions

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

7:45 am–8:45 am

Continental Breakfast

8:45 am–9:00 am

Opening Remarks and Awards

Program Co-Chairs: Sam H. Noh, UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology), and Brent Welch, Google

9:00 am–10:00 am

Keynote Address

Behind the Screen: Feature Animation Production

Scott Miller, DreamWorks, Technology Fellow, Systems Architecture

A look behind the screen into what it takes to create a feature animation film, from script-to-screen. You'll see an overview of the studio's production process and a deeper dive into the storage, file service, and data management systems used to bring a feature film to life.

Scott Miller, DreamWorks, Technology Fellow, Systems Architecture

Scott Miller is a Technology Fellow for Systems Architecture at DreamWorks Animation, where he guides the technical direction of the studio's infrastructure technology. Scott is focused on operations and implementing long-term strategies for high-performance computing, high-performance storage, and networking. He is responsible for the computational visualization infrastructure required for creating computer-generated 3D animated films.

In his role, Scott provides technology expertise and advanced systems architecture strategy. Working with HP, he implemented the first offsite grid computing for feature animation rendering on Madagascar and Shrek 2, including a wide-area NFS caching approach to enable offsite computing without pipeline or software modifications. This work continues today to empower DreamWorks' use of the cloud for compute, storage and analytics.

In his many years in the entertainment industry, Scott has credits on more than 40 productions including the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon franchises. Prior to joining DreamWorks, Scott was a Senior Staff Engineer in Visual Effects at Walt Disney Feature Animation. He also worked in the aerospace industry for 11 years as a Senior Software Engineer at Honeywell Aerospace/Hughes Aircraft.

Scott received a B.S. and an M.S. from California State University, Fullerton.

10:00 am–10:30 am

Break with Coffee and Tea

10:30 am–12:00 pm

Cloud Storage

12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

2:00 pm–3:30 pm

File Systems

Vacuum: A Flash-Optimized Search Engine

Jun He and Kan Wu, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Sudarsun Kannan, Rutgers University; Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau and Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau, University of Wisconsin–Madison

How to Copy Files

Yang Zhan, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Huawei; Alexander Conway, Rutgers University; Yizheng Jiao and Nirjhar Mukherjee, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ian Groombridge, Pace University; Michael Bender, Stony Brook University; Martin Farach-Colton, Rutgers University; William Jannen, Williams College; Rob Johnson, VMware Research; Donald Porter, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Jun Yuan, Pace University

3:30 pm–4:00 pm

Break with Refreshments

4:00 pm–5:00 pm

HPC Storage

6:00 pm–7:30 pm

FAST '20 Poster Session and Reception

Check out the cool new ideas and the latest preliminary research on display at the Poster Session and Reception. Take part in discussions with your colleagues over complimentary food and drinks.

See the Call for Posters and WiPs for information on how to submit your poster. The submission deadline is Thursday, January 16, 2020.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

8:00 am–9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am–10:30 am

SSD and Reliability

Making Disk Failure Predictions SMARTer!

Sidi Lu and Bing Luo, Wayne State University; Tirthak Patel, Northeastern University; Yongtao Yao, Wayne State University; Devesh Tiwari, Northeastern University; Weisong Shi, Wayne State University

10:30 am–11:00 am

Break with Coffee and Tea

11:00 am–12:30 pm

Performance

12:30 pm–2:00 pm

FAST '20 Conference Luncheon and Test of Time Award Presentation

2:00 pm–3:30 pm

Key Value Storage

FPGA-Accelerated Compactions for LSM-based Key Value Store

Teng Zhang, Jianying Wang, Xuntao Cheng, and Hao Xu, Alibaba Group; Nanlong Yu, Zhejiang University; Gui Huang, Tieying Zhang, Dengcheng He, Feifei Li, and Wei Cao, Alibaba Group; Zhongdong Huang and Jianling Sun, Zhejiang University

3:30 pm–4:00 pm

Break with Refreshments

4:00 pm–5:30 pm

Work-in-Progress Reports (WiPs)

See the Call for Posters and WiPs for information on how to submit your Work-in-Progress Reports. The submission deadline is Thursday, January 16, 2020.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

8:00 am–9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am–10:30 am

Caching

10:30–11:00

Break with Coffee and Tea

11:00 am–12:30 pm

Consistency and Reliability