Mike Heumann is Managing Partner at G2M Communications, a market research firm focused on emerging technologies. He heads the development of research reports on NVMe, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. He was previously VP North American Sales for QLogic and VP Product Marketing and Alliances for Emulex. He has over 15 years experience in the storage industry with an emphasis on Fibre Channel and storage area networks. Mike earned an MS in Organizational and Industrial Psychology at Purdue University and a BSEE at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the Conference Chair for the NVMe Developer Days event. .
Mike earned an MS in Organizational and Industrial Psychology at Purdue University and a BSEE at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Chief Technology Officer
Stephen is a world class expert in performance storage, non-volatile memory, computer networking, signal processing and error correction coding and has worked on some of the most complicated communication and storage solutions in the industry. In his previous position, he was Senior Technical Director at Microsemi (formerly PMC) where he worked with customers, partners, internal teams and executive to shape Microsemi’s roadmap for high-performance storage. Previous to Microsemi he was a cofounder and Chief Architect of Rad3 Communications, a communications IP provider which was acquired by PMC Sierra in 2011 and a founder of Raithlin Semiconductor (www.raithlin.com). Prior to Raithlin, Dr. Bates was a professor at the University of Alberta’s (UofA’s) department of Electrical and Computer Engineering where he was affiliated with the ICORE High Capacity Digital Communications Lab. In addition, Dr. Bates previously worked for Massana Ltd, a company specializing in the design of Gigabit Ethernet transceivers, which was subsequently acquired by Agere Inc. Stephen holds a 1st class BEng and PhD from the University of Edinburgh.
Muli Ben-Yehuda is the CTO of LightBits Labs, a stealth-mode startup he co-founded in early 2016. He is a systems researcher and an expert in the area of machine and I/O virtualization. He holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science (summa cum laude) from the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology and a B.A. (cum laude) from the Open University of Israel. From 2002 until 2012 he held senior research and managerial positions at IBM Research, where he was also an IBM Master Inventor. In 2013 he founded a boutique virtualization and cloud computing consulting company, Hypervisor Technologies and Consulting Ltd, that provided expert consulting services to select clients. From 2014 until 2016 he solved hard cloud computing problems as Stratoscale's Chief Scientist.
David L. Black is a Sr Distinguished Engineer in Dell EMC's Office of the CTO, where he works on technology and standards with a long-term (3-5 year) focus and shorter term applications to products. He is one of the original architects of NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF). He has been a significant contributor to many other strategic technology projects and industry standards, including iSCSI and Fibre Channel. He has been active in many standards organizations, including IETF (e.g., for iSCSI), T10 (SCSI), T11 (Fibre Channel), and NVM Express (NVMe). He holds 33 patents and has presented at many conferences, including Flash Memory Summit and Storage Networking World. He earned a PhD. and MS in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon University and a BSE in computer science and engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Director of Marketing, Enterprise SSD Outbound Marketing and Communications
Cameron T Brett is Director SSD Product Marketing at Toshiba America Electronic Components’ SSD Business Unit. He is responsible for defining and marketing Toshiba’s SSDs, including SATA, SAS, and PCIe product lines. He has focused on bringing new generations of storage technology to market and working with OEM, datacenter and channel customers. A 20-year veteran of the storage industry, he has previous product marketing/management experience with PMC-Sierra, Adaptec, QLogic, and Broadcom. He serves on the Board of Directors for the SCSI Trade Association (STA) and holds a BS in Computer Science from Monmouth University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Chairman of the FC-NVMe Standards Committee
Principal Engineer, Industry Standards
With over 30 years in the storage and networking industry, I am now working to build up a foundation of standard interfaces to enable a world where automation of administrative tasks is enabled and becomes a necessary business direction for competitiveness.
Specialties: RESTful services, Cloud Architectures and Technologies, Management Software, Standardization, Policy based Management, Java Software
Technologist and Product Manager
Rakesh Cheerla is currently Product Manager for Storage Solutions at Xilinx, where he focuses on data center design, hardware management, and open storage standards. He was previously Sr Director Products at CNEX Laboratories, a startup developing flash controller chips, where he was in charge of determining customer requirements and defining products to meet them. Before joining CNEX, he worked at SMART Modular Systems, LSI, and Extreme Networks. He has focused on developing product requirements, defining features, and managing engineering teams. He holds an MBA from Columbia University and an MSEE from Arizona State University.
Deepankar Das is the CTO of Sureline Systems, driving the leading edge in application mobility to allow data & applications move seamlessly between physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructure. He was Head of Eng for the EMC Data Domain file system where he worked on nextgen Data Protection in the Cloud and PBBA products. He was VP of Software and Chief Software Architect at Avalanche Technology, where he architected and built a state of the art All Flash Storage Array. As VP of Software at Violin Memory, he worked on high performance Flash software storage stack. He has also worked on Distributed Filesystems and OS at Panasas and Sun Microsystems. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Andhra University (India).
Vice President of Storage Technology
Rob Davis is Vice President of Storage Technology at Mellanox Technologies and was formerly Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at QLogic. As a key evaluator and decision-maker, Davis takes responsibility for keeping Mellanox at the forefront of emerging technologies, products, and relevant markets. Prior to Mellanox, Mr. Davis spent over 25 years as a technology leader and visionary at Ancor Corporation and then at QLogic, which acquired Ancor in 2000. At Ancor Mr. Davis served as Vice President of Advanced Technology, Director of Technical Marketing, and Director of Engineering. At QLogic, Mr. Davis was responsible for keeping the company at the forefront of emerging technologies, products, and relevant markets. Davis’ in-depth expertise spans Virtualization, Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SCSI, iSCSI, InfiniBand, RoCE, SAS, PCI, SATA, and Flash Storage.
VP Marketing/Applications Engineering
Andrew Dieckmann is VP of Marketing and Applications Engineering for Data Center Solutions Division at Microsemi, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microchip Technology. He is responsible for product management, product marketing, product strategy and the application engineering teams supporting Microsemi's broad portfolio of storage solutions including SSD controllers, RAID solutions, HBAs, PCIe switches and SAS expanders. Prior to Microsemi, Andrew was a long-time member of PMC-Sierra's Enterprise Storage Division where he helped build the business from inception to become the largest division at the company at PMC-Sierra when it was acquired by Microsemi. Andrew earned a BSEE degree from Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada.
seasoned developer and technical leader Specialties: algebraic geometry, number theory, Linux development, embedded Linux, InfiniBand, RDMA networks, free software/open source strategy
Director of Industry Standards
Tom Friend is a methodical and resourceful standards executive with professional experience in electronic, software and mechanical design. Fluent in strategic and tactical use of standards to benefit engineering, marketing and sales, Tom has experience working with teams across the globe.
Software engineer for some time now
I solve problems and have done so for a very long time. What do you need solved?
Director of SSD Industry Standards
John Geldman holds a Senior Architect, Secure Storage Solutions position at Lexar Media. He has worked in NAND & Spinning Storage, Linux & VxWorks internals, Networking, Security, & IC development.
John actively participates in the IEEE 1667, USB, CF, T10, T13, IEEE1619, SD & TCG standards committees. He began working with Mass Storage in ’84, and joined Lexar in 2005.
John holds an MSCS from Santa Clara Univ., a BSECE from Clarkson Univ., and has been awarded multiple patents.
Master Product Manager - Exadata
Gurmeet Goindi is Master Product Manager in Oracle Database’s Systems Technology org. Gurmeet is currently responsible for Exadata Database Machine, hardware and software roadmap and also Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance’s hardware roadmap. Gurmeet is also an evangelist for innovations Oracle is bringing in application aware storage and flash arena and has presented Oracle’s vision at various industry forums – Storage Network World (SNW), Flash Memory Summit, Open Sever Summit, Data Storage Innovation Conference, Storage Developer Conference, Oracle Expert Summits, IOUG Collaborate, Oracle Open World and many other regional Oracle User Groups. Gurmeet has been working in Silicon Valley for last 17 years in various engineering, management and product management roles. Gurmeet comes to Oracle from NetApp, where he was in the Engineering organization for 7+ years. Most recently he was the architect for NetApp’s flagship storage platform, FAS6200. Prior to NetApp, he worked for Bay Networks and Motorola Computing Group designing Internet routers, firewalls, and high performance computers. Gurmeet has a Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics and an MBA from University of Chicago – Booth School of Business.
Computer Storage and Solutions Consultant
Accomplished professional with long track record of leadership and innovation. Demonstrated exceptional management, technical, innovation, marketing, sales and communications skills with extensive experience in Europe and Asia
Distinguished Software Architect
Brandon Hoff is Distinguished Software Architect at Broadcom, where he focuses on new product strategy, including product development interlock, business planning, and sales strategy development for growth initiatives. He has also worked on innovation initiatives, end user strategies, technology and solutions for WNVeb giants, and product portfolio leadership. He has been an active participant in NVM Express, is a board member of Understanding Disruption, Inc. and has been IBTA Marketing Work Group Co-Chair. He is a frequent participant at industry events, including NVM Express meetings, SNIA conferences, and Ethernet Alliance events. He has over 25 years of industry experience, including a stint as Chief Strategy Officer/Chief Marketing Officer at CipherOptics. He holds an MBA from the University of Colorado (Boulder) and a BSEE from Colorado State University. Brandon holds patents in networking and security as well as contributing to books that address technology innovation: “Driverless Car Revolution: Buy Mobility, not Metal” and “Our Driverless Future: Heaven or Hell?”
VP of Marketing and Strategic Development
Ahmet Houssein is responsible for establishing marketing strategies and implementing programs to drive revenue growth, enter new markets and expand brand awareness to support Solarflare’s continuous development and global expansion. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the server, storage, data center and networking industry, and held senior level executive positions in product development, marketing and business development at Intel and Honeywell. Most recently Houssein was SVP/GM at QLogic where he successfully delivered first to market with 25Gb Ethernet products securing design wins at HP and Dell. One of the key leaders in the creation of the INFINIBAND and PCI-Express industry standard, Houssein is a recipient of the Intel Achievement Award and was a founding board member of the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA), a global organization of 400 companies in the storage market. He has been educated in London, UK and holds an Electrical Engineering Degree equivalent.
Advisory Software Engineer
- Strong experience and exposure to all activities involved in SDLC with enhanced skills in requirement analysis, design, development and unit testing.
- Expertise in various storage, server and operating system level virtualization technologies.
- Significant contributions to IBM's PowerVM virtualization technology including device drivers for virtual adapters, Flash caching, Live Partition Migration and Shared Storage Pools.
- Strong skills in Operating Systems and Kernel extensions.
Eden Kim is the CEO of Calypso Systems, Inc., a Eden Kim is the CEO of Calypso Systems, Inc., a pioneerpioneer in solid state storage test and measurement, in solid state storage test and measurement, supplier of industry standard SSD test equipment and software and the publisher of supplier of industry standard SSD test equipment and software and the publisher of TestMyWorkload.com, the first industry Real World Storage Workload capture and analysis site. Te s t M y W o r k l o a d . c o m , the first industry Real World Storage Workload capture and analysis site. Calypso is the official test lab for the SNIA SSS Performance Test Specification (PTS) and provides the Calypso is the official test lab for the SNIA SSS Performance Test Specification (PTS) and provides the Industry Standard SSD Reference Test Platform (RTP).
Eden is the Chair of the SNIA Solid State Industry Standard SSD Reference Test Platform (RTP). Eden is the Chair of the SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) Technical Development Committee, Chair of the SNIA Solid State Storage Storage Initiative (SSSI) Technical Development Committee, Chair of the SNIA Solid State Storage Technical Working Group (TWG) and a member of the SSSI Governing Board.
Mr. Kim has been Te c h n i c a l Working Group (TWG) and a member of the SSSI Governing Board. Mr. Kim has been leading the research into Real World Storage Worleading the research into Real World Storage Workloadskloads over the past several years through the SSS over the past several years through the SSS TWG technical works programs, work with leading Datacenter customers and through efforts in TWG technical works programs, work with leading Datacenter customers and through efforts in developing the IOProfiler toolset and TestMyWorkload.codeveloping the IOProfiler toolset and TestMyWorkload.comm website.
Sr. Staff Engineer
Jinpyo Kim is a Senior Performance Engineer at VMware, where he focuses on optimizing the performance of storage I/Os in a virtualized environment. He received his PhD in Computer Science from University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. Prior to joining VMware, he gained experience in developing I/O subsystems in servers and parallel SCSI, FC, and networked RAID controllers.
Director of Storage Marketing
John Kim is Director of Storage Marketing at Mellanox Technologies, where he helps storage customers and vendors benefit from high performance interconnects and RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access). After starting his high tech career in an IT helpdesk, John worked in enterprise software and networked storage, with many years of solution marketing, product management, and alliances at enterprise software companies, followed by 12 years working at NetApp and EMC.
Working on next-generation high-performance memory and storage system architectures
Partners with stealth startup companies in compute, storage and data networking markets to develop strategic marketing plans to raise working capital for successful go-to-market strategies for products, solutions and verticals. Works for established enterprise companies that require leadership in driving business development and market initiatives. Delivers market and competitive analyses to technology investors.
Peter Onufryk is Fellow in the Data Center Solutions business unit at Microchip, where he is responsible for storage product architecture. He has been very active in NVMe standardization as an NVMe Board Member and NVMe Management Workgroup Chair. He has been a featured speaker at many events on NVMe and NVMe-MI, including Flash Memory Summit. He holds over 40 patents in interfaces and communications and has written several published articles. He was previously Director of Engineering at Integrated Device Technology (IDT) and a research staff member at AT&T Bell Labs. He earned a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Rutgers University and an MSEE from Purdue University.
Uma M Parepalli is a senior level Director in the Storage and Networking BU at Viavi Solutions, and is responsible for PCIe, NVMe, Ethernet and Fiber Channel products. He has more than 25 years of semiconductor (Server, Storage, Embedded, Aerospace, and Consumer Electronics) industry experience . Uma previously worked for SK hynix, EMC, LSI, Dell, Intel and others in various roles ranging from senior level Architect / Principal Engineer to Director and VP of Engineering, and lead global engineering teams. He is also involved in various industry standards specification development for more than 20 years. He is a Computer Engineering graduate of University of Mysore, India.
Hiren Patel - 20 years in Storage ASIC/VLSI Design and Verification - who'd have thought that?
Storage may not be glamorous as networking or other segments, but the technology in our field can't be beat. Some very bright folks in this segment.
Specialties: ASIC design and verification in the storage industry with various storage interfaces such as FC, SATA, and SAS. Design of storage specific blocks such as sequencer, servo, power LSI, and formatters.
He is responsible for the strategic direction of the Computer and Storage Product line, development of advanced system and IP for the market segment. He works with strategic customers to enable new capabilities to improve cost, power and performance. He also develops emerging market segments to expand the capabilities of FPGAs and improve current solutions. Prior to Intel PSG/Altera, he has worked at a variety of industry leading semiconductor companies including Cadence and Infineon.
Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.
Allen Samuels joined SanDisk in 2013 as an Engineering Fellow and helps direct the CTO office’s research into software and systems for Western Digital. He has previously served as Chief Architect at Weitek Corp. and Citrix, and founded several companies including AMKAR Consulting, Orbital Data Corporation, and Cirtas Systems. Allen has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rice University. Allen is a member of the Ceph Advisory Board and is heavily involved in the evolution of this critical open source technology.
VP Systems Architecture
Mr. Serlin is an expert in the field of architecture, design, prototyping and integration of complex systems in the areas of storage systems and networking. Mr. Serlin has extensive experience as a system architect and management positions at companies such as Primary Data Inc. (a data virtualization company), IBM XIV (a scale out high-end enterprise block storage system) where he managed hardware R&D department and Commex Technology (high performance networking ASIC).
Scott has spent over 20 years in the Semiconductor and storage space in MFG, Design and Marketing. His experience spans over 15 years at Micron and time at STEC. His efforts have help lead to products in the market with over $300M in revenue.
Sr Director Systems Engineering
Vishal is a thought leader in networking, cloud and deep learning solutions space (multiple papers, authored books and 15+ granted patents). He has over a decade of proven experience in leading and making global teams spanning in various functions like Technical Sales, Solutions Architecture, Technical Alliances, Development, QA and Customer Support. He has experience in mix of startups and fortune 100 companies.
Dr. Robert Thibadeau pioneered self-encrypting drives during his tenure as Chief Technologist of Seagate Technology, LLC from 2002-2009. He has also served as the Chair of the Storage Workgroup in the Trusted Computing Group. Dr. Thibadeau was also the founding director of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University from 1980-2008. He is the inventor on over 25 US patents, and he holds degrees from Emory University and the University of Virginia.
Senior Technical Staff
Gary is the Solid State Technology Development technical lead in IBM's Systems & Technology Group, where he has been focused on driving system integration of SSD and NAND Flash technology as part of IBM's Flash exploitation initiative. Gary previously managed Memory Subsystems Development for Power-based server products, and led a Memory Procurement Engineering team responsible for technology qualification and convergence between IBM Development and Memory suppliers. He has been with IBM for 21 years.
Frederic joined Evaluator Group in 2017 to lead the HPC/AI practice. With over 20 years of experience in high tech, Frederic is known for his insights in the HPC and AI from his hands-on experience leading research and development teams. He has provided technical leadership and strategic direction in the Telecom and Speech markets.
He spent a decade at Nuance Communications building large HPC environments from the ground up and is frequently invited to speak at events to provide his vision on the HPC / AI and storage markets. Frederic has also served as the president of a variety of technology user groups promoting the use of innovative technology.
Mark Webb is Principal/Consultant at MKW Ventures Consulting LLC. He is currently working in the areas of SSD and semiconductor technology and competitive analysis as well as SSD business and market development. Mark works with SSD OEM and ODM companies, storage providers, controller companies, and semiconductor manufacturers.
He was Director of Manufacturing for the NVM Solutions Group at Intel Corporation from 2008-2012, and during this time was responsible for SSD system and NAND component manufacturing. From 2006 to 2008, Mark was Corporate Product Quality and Reliability Manager for IM Flash Technologies as the company became the industry leader in NAND technology and cost, and prior to this held multiple Engineering and Manufacturing leadership roles in Logic and Memory technology during his 20+ years at Intel.
Sr Engineer Datacenter Technologies
David Woolf currently leads Data Center initiatives at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). While at UNH-IOL, David has led development of dozens of industry-reviewed test programs and procedures as part of the team that has grown the UNH-IOL into a world-class center for interoperability and conformance testing. David has been an active participant in a number industry forums and committee’s addressing conformance and interoperability. Currently he's active in coordinating the NVMe Integrators List and plugfests and Open Networking Integrators List and plugfests.
Zhiping Yang (S’97-M’00-SM’04) received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1994 and 1997, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 2000. From 2000 to 2005, he worked for Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA, as a Technical Leader. From 2005 to 2006, he worked for Apple Computer, Cupertino, CA, as a Principal Engineer. From 2006 to 2012, he worked in Nuova Systems (which was acquired by Cisco in 2008) and Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA, as a Principal Engineer. From 2012 to 2015, he worked for Apple, Cupertino, CA, as a Senior Manager. He is currently a senior hardware manager in Google Consumer Hardware Group. His research interests include signal integrity and power integrity methodology development for Die/Package/Board co-design, high-speed optical module, various high-speed cabling solution, high-speed DRAM/storage technology, high-speed serial signaling technology, and RF interference. He has published more than 40 research papers and 17 patents. His research and patents have been applied in Google Chromebook, Apple iPhone 5S/6/6S, Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus 6K/4K/3K, and Cisco Cat6K products. Dr. Yang is a senior IEEE member and received 2016 IEEE EMCS Technical Achievement Award.
NAND flash and SSD controller SOCs with LDPC, BCH and other advanced error-correction methods. NVMe, eMMC and PCIe interface. ASIC hardware design with firmware co-development. Advances in VLSI design verification and hardware emulation platforms.