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November 11, 2014

Mtg: Living Large In The Land of Storage; and Do You Want It Big, or Do You Want It Fast?

by @ 5:58 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

MONDAY December 9, 2014
SCV Magnetics Chapter
– developments, data centers, local storage, cloud, SSDs …
Speakers: Thomas M. Coughlin, Coughlin Associates; Jim Handy, Objective Analysis
Time: Networking and pizza at 6:45 PM; Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Western Digital, 1710 Automation Parkway, San Jose
RSVP: not required

Talk #1: Hard disk drive technology is still important in data centers and in consumer products.  Recent developments in HDD technology have resulted in 10 TB hard disk drives and 20 TB and higher are likely only a few years away.  This talk will review the latest developments in HDD technology, showing these developments in context with the past.  The developments of HDDs for various applications from data centers to laptops will be reviewed and projections for the next 5 years presented.  The continued growth of archived human data, driven by higher resolution content and more content generation (particularly with the emerging Internet of Things) will require both local storage and storage in the cloud, often utilizing hard disk drives as part of the storage tier.  Thus, although HDD unit growth will not match the rates seen 4 years ago, there are reasons to think that this technology will continue to expand as long as the areal density growth technology pipeline continues to deliver higher capacity HDDs.
Talk #2: For nearly a decade pundits have been projecting that SSDs will cannibalize the HDD market, yet it hasnâ??t happened, and doesnâ??t look likely to happen for the foreseeable future.  Thatâ??s because SSDs and HDDs fill two very different roles in computing.
This presentation will explore those differences, and will project a more realistic scenario in which â??Big Dataâ? will go to HDDs and analytics and computing will be performed on flash memory, which wonâ??t necessarily remain in an SSD format, and may even be treated as memory, rather than as storage.


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