DATE: Thursday, March 17, 2005
TIME: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
PLACE: Wean Hall, Room 8220

Ahmed Amer
University of Pittsburgh

Prescience in Retrospect

With storage systems, and arguably any system that requires the transfer of data, bandwidth can be overcome but latencies can only be avoided. To avoid access latencies, the prediction of future accesses is attempted (and often achieved) in one form or another (and not all obvious). Analyzing access behavior and producing models of future accesses can be applied in many different forms. This talk will discuss such access prediction, a selection of application domains as time permits, and some of the more common fallacies regarding the application of prediction in data storage.

Dr. Amer received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he worked primarily on predictive data management. He still collaborates with the Storage Systems Research Center at UCSC, and his most recent work has focused on the applications of access prediction to construct adaptive caching schemes, self-optimizing systems algorithms, and the analysis and enhancement of storage device power management.

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