Lectures on intelligent storage for Big Data

Du_DavidDavid Hung-Chang Du, Qwest Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, will present two lectures on March 23, as part of the ISTeC Distinguished Lecture Series.

The first lecture will be “Intelligent Storage in Big Data Era,” in the Morgan Library Event Hall, 11 a.m.-noon, with a reception with refreshments preceding at 10:30 a.m.

With the rapid advancement of technology, cheap and small devices now offer high computing power and large storage capacity. Several other major developments like cloud computing, mobile computing, new memory/storage technologies are creating a big impact in this new era, when unprecedented amount of data are available. How to manage and look for the desired information becomes a great challenge. How to preserve these data becomes a crisis. In this talk, Du will examine the challenges and trends in storage research and present a vision of content addressable future Internet.

Special Seminar

From 2-3 p.m., Du present a Special Seminar about “Efficient Usage of Two Emerging Memory/Storage Technologies: NVRAM and Shingled Write Recording Drives” in Engineering E105.

This talk with continue the look at the crisis of “drowning in data,” and discuss how a complete solution to meet this challenge calls for new storage architectures, different storage systems design, new data models, new information access methods, and new ways to deliver information. It will introduce a promising technology called Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) for storing large volumes of data in magnetic disk drives (called Shingled Write Disks).

Both talks are sponsored by ISTeC in conjunction with the Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering departments, and are free and open to the entire campus community.

In addition to his work with the University of Minnesota, Du is an IEEE Fellow and a Fellow of the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute and currently serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. He served as a program director (IPA) at the National Science Foundation CISE/CNS Division from March 2006 to September 2008. At NSF, he was responsible for the NeTS (networking research cluster) NOSS (Networks of Sensor Systems) program and worked on the Cyber Trust (Internet Security) program. He is also the director of a NSF I/UCRC Center on Intelligent Storage (CRIS).

ISTeC (Information Science and Technology Center) is a university-wide organization for promoting facilitating, and enhancing CSU’s research, education, and outreach activities pertaining to the design and innovative application of computer, communication, and information systems.