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Seminar on Interfaces and Architecture


December 2002

Interfaces and Architectures for Storage
The Changing Landscape

Erik Riedel
Head, Interfaces and Architecture Department
Seagate Research

Monday, December 16, 2002

sponsored by the
Colorado Center for Information Storage
at the
University of Colorado, Boulder
and the
Denver Chapter of the IEEE Magnetics Society

This talk will overview current work in the storage systems research group at Seagate Research. This is a new group formed six months ago with a charter to expand the intelligence of storage devices. We will outline the goals of our research, and discuss initial projects just getting underway. One of the key enablers for additional device intelligence is a change in the interfaces for talking to storage, and we will also briefly outline one current industry proposal -- object-based storage devices -- for greatly expanding the SCSI interface that has provided valiant service for the last 20 years.

Seagate Research is a young organization with an ambitious charter -- to develop the storage technologies that will carry the company and the industry 5-10 years in the future. The lab has grown from two people in a rented office to 100 researchers in a brand-new building over the past four years. In addition to details about the systems efforts, the talk will also briefly mention ongoing projects in other parts of the lab.

Erik Riedel leads the Interfaces and Architecture Department at Seagate Research in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The group focuses on novel storage systems with increased intelligence for optimized performance, automated management, and content-specific optimizations. A basic requirement for such systems is new interfaces to storage systems as the current ones are quite outdated.

Before joining Seagate Research, he was a researcher in the storage program at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California working on networked and distributed storage and security for storage. He received a doctorate in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University working with David Nagle and Garth Gibson in the Parallel Data Lab (PDL) and Christos Faloutsos in the Center for Automated Learning and Discovery (CALD). His thesis work was on Active Disks as an extension to Network-Attached Secure Disks (NASD). Over the years he has spent time looking at I/O in a number of areas, including parallel apps, data mining, database, file systems, and scientific data processing.

The talk is free and open to all. Reservations are not required. If you are not a member, please consider joining the IEEE Magnetics Society to help support events like this.

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