PDL CONSORTIUM SPEAKER SERIES
A ONE-AFTERNOON SERIES OF SPECIAL SDI TALKS BY
DATE: Thursday, May 9, 2013
SPEAKER: Gideon Mann, Google
BIO: Gideon is a Staff Research Scientist at Google NY. He attended Brown University as an undergraduate where he hung out in the AI lab and drank too much Mountain Dew. He then attended graduate school at Johns Hopkins University, worked in CLSP, and graduated in 2006 with a Ph.D. He still misses Charm City. He then spent a post-doc at the UMass/Amherst with Andrew McCallum working on weakly-supervised learning. In 2007, he joined Google.
At Google, his team works on applied machine learning. The Weatherman effort leverages statistical methods to data center management. The team also is responsible for an internal machine learning middleware and its external interface, the Prediction API https://developers.google.com/prediction/. Publicly released in 2010, Prediction was an early machine learning as a service offering and remains an evolving platform for new techniques in machine learning.
SPEAKER: Nisha Talagala, Fusion-io
BIO: Nisha Talagala is Lead Architect at Fusion-io, where she works on innovation in non volatile memory technologies and applications. Nisha has more than 10 years of expertise in software development, distributed systems, storage and I/O solutions, and non-volatile memory. She has worked as technology lead for server flash at Intel - where she led server platform non volatile memory technology development, storage-memory convergence, and partnerships. Prior to Intel, Nisha was the CTO of Gear6, where she designed and built clustered computing caches for high performance I/O environments. Nisha also served at Sun Microsystems, where she developed storage and I/O solutions and worked on file systems. Nisha earned her PhD at UC Berkeley where she did research on clusters and distributed storage. Nisha holds more than 30 patents in distributed systems, networking, storage, performance and non-volatile memory.
SPEAKER: Fanglu Guo, Symantec
In this talk we will present our high-performance deduplication prototype, designed from the ground up to optimize overall single-node performance, by making the best possible use of a node's resources, and achieve three important goals: scale to large capacity, provide good deduplication efficiency, and near-raw-disk throughput. We improve single-node scalability by introducing progressive sampled indexing and grouped mark-and-sweep, and also optimize throughput by utilizing an event-driven, multi-threaded client-server interaction model. Our prototype implementation is able to scale to billions of stored objects, with high throughput, and very little or no degradation of deduplication efficiency.
BIO: Fanglu Guo is a Technical Director at Symantec Research Labs. His experience includes storage, computer security, network security, and computer networks. He has published over twenty academic papers in refereed conferences and journals. He received Best Paper Awards from 2005 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC) and 2011 USENIX Annual Technical Conference. Additionally, he has filed several dozen patent applications. He holds a B.E. in EE from Xian Jiaotong University, M.E. in EE from Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Ph.D. in CS from Stony Brook University.
SPEAKER: Kevin Gomez, Seagate
BIO: Kevin Gomez is a system architect in the SSD System Architecture and Advanced Development team at Seagate MN. He has been with Seagate for 24 years including 8 years at Seagate Research in Pittsburgh where he was Director of Research - Servomechanics as well as a researcher on storage-compute architectures. Kevin has strong ties to CMU collaborating on the Non-Linear Stochastic Processing project with Prof Tom Mitchell and Prof Dave Touretzky and designing the hardware prototype for the First Person Vision project with Prof Takeo Kanade at the Quality of Life Technology Center and probably most excitingly building the backup gyro stabilized LIDAR gimbal which was used on Redteam's Sandstorm in the first DARPA Grand Challenge. Kevin was Director of Advanced Concepts at Seagate R&D in Singapore and is a EEE Grad of the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University.