NVMe Developer Days

December 5–6, 2018
San Diego, California



Keynote 1:
Innovative NVMe Storage in the Big Data Era

Wednesday, December 5th, 9:15-9:45am

Michael Cornwell

Michael Cornwell

General Manager, Storage Technologies, Azure Hardware Infrastructure


Michael Cornwell is one of the storage industry’s leading designer/developers, widely recognized for his trailblazing work at Apple, Sun, Oracle, and Pure Storage. He is currently General Manager Storage Technologies for Azure Hardware Infrastructure at Microsoft, where he defines the Azure cloud’s storage needs and implementation methods. The Azure cloud has 31% of the total cloud market, is used by over 80% of the Fortune 500, and generates about $20 billion in annual revenue. It involves over 100 worldwide data centers with millions of servers, petabytes of storage, and terabytes per second of network capacity.

Abstract: Innovative NVMe Storage in the Big Data Era
A lot of customers want a simple storage device, and yet the device manufacturers are trying to add more and more intelligence into that device. Key-value store, encryption, compression ... all these things drive value, [but add] cost to that device. There is a tug and pull between the customers and the suppliers of the technology," Cornwell said during his conference keynote. "We see a huge breakdown in how quickly cloud providers need to move based off services, and it's the storage industry that doesn't want to come along with us [at the same pace].

About Microsoft:
Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. More information is available at Microsoft.

Special Keynote 1:
The NVMe™ Standard: The Next Five Years

Wednesday, December 5th, 5:00-5:30pm

David Black

David Black

Distinguished Engineer

Dell EMC (on behalf of NVM Express, Inc.)

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.

Abstract: The NVMe™ Standard: The Next Five Years

NVMe is very successful with tremendous adoption across a wide variety of industries and applications. Even more lies ahead as new versions of the standard fully expose the benefits of non-volatile memory in all types of computing environments from mobile to enterprise and cloud.
Leading issues include the new NVMe/TCP protocol for NVMe over Fabrics and added functionality. The main new areas of functionality are zoned namespaces and key value, both of which will enable new classes of SSDs and systems that can better exploit non-volatile memory, particularly at web scale. Additionally, future versions of NVMe will support technologies such as edge computing and computational storage, as well as including measures to increase performance, reliability, availability, and manageability. NVMe technologies will play a pivotal role in advancing storage system capability and data-centric solutions for a variety of application domains and environments.

About NVM Express:
NVM Express is an open collection of standards and information to fully expose the benefits of non-volatile memory in all types of computing environments from mobile to data center. NVMe is designed from the ground up to deliver high bandwidth and low latency storage access for current and future NVM technologies. More information is available at NVM Express

Keynote 2:
HPC Storage Architectures Meet the Challenge of Data-Centric Computing

Thursday, December 6th, 10:15-10:45am

Shawn Strande

Shawn Strande

Deputy Director

San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)

Shawn Strande is Deputy Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, where he focuses on keeping the Center at the forefront of high-performance computing. He specializes in large-scale supercomputer procurements and the delivery of their services to the national research community program. He is the Co-Principal Investigator and Project Manager for Comet, a petascale supercomputer designed and operated to reach large numbers of scientific users. Since its inception over 3 years ago, Comet has supported over 40,000 unique users from across all science and engineering disciplines. Strande has over 25-years experience in high-performance and scientific computing, including positions at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), NASA Ames Research Center, and several technology companies. He holds an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona. He has published articles in the technical press, given presentations at national conferences and workshops, and contributed to a book on Conquering Big Data with High Performance Computing.

Abstract: HPC Storage Architectures Meet the Challenge of Data-Centric Computing
High performance computing (HPC) is today a fast-growing, multibillion dollar market covering wide-ranging applications such as genomics, climate research, earthquake modeling, neurosciences, energy systems, and financial trading. New storage architectures are an essential part of this growth, as users deal with big data in an era of data-centric computing. Workloads often consist of millions of small files containing data that must be simulated, collected, and analyzed at ever-higher rates, overwhelming the performance available from disk-based storage and parallel file systems. Solutions involve ever-larger numbers of processing elements, accelerators, low-latency interconnects, and massive storage systems, all tied together by complex system and application software. Meanwhile, cost plays a major role as systems must take advantage of industry-standard components and approaches to provide services to a larger number of worldwide users. The San Diego Supercomputer Center has been a leader in deploying large-scale flash storage systems. It is today addressing data challenges through technologies such as non-volatile memory, hybrid storage architectures, high-speed and low-latency interconnects (such as NVMe and NVMe-oF), and new file systems. Centers like SDSC can work with the storage technology community through data sharing and joint R&D partnerships to advance high-performance computing and help solve critical problems in environmental science, medicine, energy, chemistry, and genomics.

About San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC):
As an Organized Research Unit of UC San Diego, The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) is considered a leader in data-intensive computing and cyberinfrastructure, providing resources, services, and expertise to the national research community including industry and academia. Cyberinfrastructure refers to an accessible, integrated network of computer-based resources and expertise, focused on accelerating scientific inquiry and discovery. SDSC supports hundreds of multidisciplinary programs spanning a wide variety of domains, from earth sciences and biology to astrophysics, bioinformatics, and health IT. SDSC is a partner in XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment), the most advanced collection of integrated digital resources and services in the world. More information is available at San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)

TechTarget Special Keynote:
Defining the Marketing Resources You Need for NVMe Products

Thursday, December 6th, 10:40-11:00am

Jillian Coffin

Jillian Coffin



Jillian is VP/Group Publisher for TechTarget’s Storage, Cloud, and Data Center business units. She oversees the editorial, audience development, and sales and consulting efforts across website communities including SearchStorage.com, SearchCloudComputing.com, and SearchITchannel.com. Jillian has been a leader in the data storage community for 12+ years, sharing purchase intent data with storage vendors who want to maximize growth opportunities. She has helped establish TechTarget as the leading source of independent enterprise storage and flash technology content on the web and helped make it into a trusted resource to aid IT and business leader decisionmaking. The Websites she manages have achieved first-page in ranking in organic search across many specific topics, and her market consulting activities are vital to a wide range of companies.

Abstract: Defining the Marketing Resources You Need for NVMe Products
NVMe is a rapidly growing market with estimates of tens of billions of dollars within just a few years. Clearly now is the time for companies to make their mark and establish their leadership. To do this, they need credible information, market research, and marketing support. It must obviously be current, wide-ranging, constantly updated, reliable, and based in solid experience in the storage industry. It must also cover the entire range of applications in which NVMe is establishing itself, including enterprise, computer, embedded, mobile, high-performance computing, cloud, hyperconverged sites, and megawebsites. It must include a wide range of tools, a high level of support, a full range of services, and a huge number of buyer interactions. NVMe is a great opportunity that requires commensurate marketing resources for organizations to take full advantage of it.

About TechTarget:
From the beginning, we’ve recognized that enterprise tech buyers need definitive guidance and insight when researching purchases. Written specifically for them, TechTarget’s problem-solving content achieves first-page ranking in organic search across more than 10,000 specific topics. Our readership’s editorial and marketing consumption patterns provide us unique insights into their needs and behaviors. More information is available at TechTarget

Keynote 3:
Revolution in Health Services: IT Opens up Huge Opportunities

Thursday, December 6th, 11:00-11:30am

Marc Sylwestrzak

Marc Sylwestrzak

Director, IS Experience and Development

UCSD Health Sciences

Marc Sylwestrzak is Director IS Experience and Development at UC San Diego Health, a leading healthcare provider and research organization. He has been a leader in using IT technologies to improve patient experience, including the implementation of an all-digital hospital with iPads at every bed. He also oversees customer and Web services, including support of the patient portal and all customer facing websites. With UCSD for almost 30 years, he was previously Director of Web Services. He chairs the IT Patient Experience steering committee and acts as the business relationship manager between IT and the Health Experience team. He also represents IT and UC San Diego Health Sciences in various UC wide initiatives.

Abstract: Revolution in Health Services: IT Opens up Huge Opportunities
Technology has moved health services quickly from dumb terminals and paper records to virtual PC’s, from walk-in appointments to video visits, from couriers delivering images to immediate on-line access everywhere. The EMR (Electronic Medical Record) has changed everything dramatically for both patients and staff. I’ll discuss where we are and where technology such as tablets, smartphones, wearables, robotics, and artificial intelligence is taking us. With advances like patient rooms that offer controls and information from a tablet, primary care video visits, having access to your EMR and uploading of images right on your phone, we’re utilizing technology to help make patients better informed and more involved in their healthcare. And these advances also improve care, speed recovery, reduce service providers’ workloads, and lower costs.

About UC San Diego Health:
UC San Diego Health is one of five academic medical centers within the 10-campus University of California system. Collectively known as UC Health, these medical centers comprise the fourth largest health care delivery system in California and train nearly 50 percent of the state’s medical students and medical residents. For decades, UC San Diego Health and its schools of medicine and pharmacy have been advancing medicine through breakthrough discoveries — including pioneering firsts in surgery, imaging, cancer treatment and cardiovascular care. In fact, we’re the only university-based health care system in San Diego to focus on developing new medicines and therapies — for both common and rare conditions. This all bodes well for our patients, because with hundreds of ongoing clinical trials, you’ll have immediate access to potentially life-saving medical advancements. More information is available at UC San Diego Health

Keynote 4:
5G Connectivity Enables New Applications Between Devices and the Cloud

Thursday, December 6th, 11:30am-Noon

Paul Torres

Paul Torres

Sr. Director Product Management


Paul Torres is director of product management in Qualcomm’s application processor group. His current responsibilities include overseeing multimedia technologies including video, audio, voice, and gestures. Torres joined the Company in September 2006 as a video product manager and has since increased his responsibilities to include multimedia product management. In his current role, he oversees multimedia strategy and technology planning for the application processor team, including the multi-codec video core capabilities in the Snapdragon family of processors. Before joining Qualcomm, Torres was director of product planning at Gateway Computers. Torres has a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from the University of California Santa Barbara and an MBA from San Diego State University.

Abstract: 5G Connectivity Enables New Applications Between Devices and the Cloud
5G networks will be a key enabler for new and diverse applications, including AI and Machine Learning (ML), virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), IoT, and automotive (such as driverless cars). With the higher bandwidth and lower latency 5G connectivity provides, the new use cases will drive a large amount of data between cloud-based computing and devices. The rise of on-device edge-processing coupled with the interconnectivity of cloud-based computing will also require an ever-increasing amount of high-speed storage. Data must be transferred seamlessly between devices and the cloud at high rates to produce the experience users demand

About Company_Name:
Who is Qualcomm, and what do we do? We are engineers, scientists and business strategists. We are from many different countries and speak many different languages. We come from diverse cultures and have unique perspectives. Together, we focus on a single goal—invent mobile technology breakthroughs. More information is available at Qualcomm