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Keynote titles should be short (under 80 characters including spaces), describe what the talk will cover, and sound interesting and relevant.


  • Flash Storage Meets Persistent Memory: The Modern Data Center Changes Forever!
    • Daniel Cobb, Sr., EMC Fellow, Vice President - New Media Strategy, EMC
  • NVMe over Fabrics Offers Top Performance for Real Time Analytics
    • Paul Prince, CTO, Mangstor


Abstracts should be four or five sentences and include the following:

  • Key Points:
    • Explanation of the talk's major points and what is special or new in the talk
  • Takeaways:
    • Address why it is relevant to overall storage technology and what the audience should learn from it
  • Content:
    • No overt commercialism, sales pitch or coverage of specific products


Balint Fleischer's Huawei's description does a great job of explaining why an unfamiliar subject should be of interest to the audience.

  • Using Storage Class Memory to Create Scalable Cognitive Computers
    • Learning systems such as cognitive computers can vastly improve enterprise management and decision making. They are designed to provide new insight derived from analyzing multiple large, diverse data sets.
      They use advanced analytics to sense, learn, infer, and interact with the user. They can even participate in joint discovery processes and scenario planning, activities that are far beyond the capabilities of today's systems.
      However, such platforms are very complex and have huge computational requirements. Implementing them requires a new way to process, manage, and share information in which storage class memory (non-volatile storage accessible at memory speeds) plays a key role.

Ryan Smith and Jaeheon Jeong of Samsung's abstract emphasizes the value of the information they will provide without overly focusing on the company's specific product lines.

  • 3D NAND is the Leadership Technology for Server Storage
    • To meet the demands of big data, cloud computing and real-time analysis, data center managers, enterprise customers, and ecosystem partners require non-volatile memory with increased performance, higher densities, smaller footprints, and a strong TCO.
      3D NAND is the production methodology best able to meet those marketplace needs. Advances already in the pipeline will provide higher capacity devices with better operating characteristics for server workloads and for the ever-increasing needs of clouds and mega-websites.
      In particular, such devices will be especially well-suited for rapidly emerging NVMe SSD technology. Special requirements for low power consumption, small size, low latency, and ultra-high capacity will also be met. Technological progress will continue unabated along all of these avenues as 3D NAND reaches its full potential.


Biographies should be six sentences or fewer and include the following:

  • Title and Responsibilities:
    • List the speaker's current position and duties
  • Career Achievements:
    • Highlight the major career accomplishments
  • Special Recognition:
    • List the awards, patents, prizes, successful products, publications, or conference presentations
  • Education:
    • List relevant degrees and certifications


  • Jeff Ohshima is a member of the Storage and Electronic Devices Solutions executive team at Toshiba, where he focuses on SSD development and applications engineering. He was previously VP Memory Technology Executive at Toshiba America Electronic Components, where he focused on flash memory with an emphasis on SSDs.
    He has also been Senior Manager R&D in the advanced NAND flash memory design department, responsible for 70 nm, 56 nm, 43 nm, and 32 nm part design. He has worked on memory at Toshiba for over 30 years, including 20 years on DRAM where he acted as a lead designer for application specific memories and did technical marketing. Ohshima has served as a Visiting Research Scientist at Stanford University. He holds a BSEE and MSEE from Tokyo's Keio University.
  • Dr. George Minassian is co-founder and CEO of Crossbar, where he leads the development of low-power, high-performance, high-density RRAM memory technology. Dr. Minassian has a proven track record of developing commercially successful, leading-edge memory and communications products. Before joining Crossbar, he worked at Spansion, most recently as VP System and Software Engineering.
    While at Spansion, he led the $1.2 billion flash memory business targeting the cellular wireless market. He also developed new industry standards in emerging technology and established a successful track record for large-scale product development and management. He was previously Director of Wireless Engineering at Advanced Micro Devices, where he developed the industry's first CMOS RF process and complete 802.11b/a chipset and reference designs. Dr. Minassian holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.