Speakers

Speakers 2020

Nick Balthaser

Nick Balthaser

Nick Balthaser has been an HPSS Team member with the NERSC Storage Systems Group since 2007. He is responsible for application, hardware, and client administration & deployment for the NERSC data archive.

The NERSC Storage Systems Group is responsible for management, maintenance and future planning and development of NERSC's production storageinfrastructure. Their responsibilities include coordinated planning and delivery of bandwidth, capacity and service levels across multiple tiers of storage technology.

Floyd Christofferson

Floyd Christofferson

CEO
StrongBox Data Solutions

As a professional involved in content management and storage workflows for more than 25 years, Christofferson has focused on methods and technologies needed to manage massive volumes of data across many different storage types and use cases.

Prior to joining SBDS, Christofferson worked with software and hardware companies in this space, including more than ten years at SGI, where he managed storage and data management products. In that role, he was part of the team that provided solutions used in some of the largest data environments around the world.

Christofferson’s background includes work at Viacom/CBS Television Distribution, where he helped implement file-based content management and syndicated content distribution implementation. He led the team at Pathfire (now ExtremeReach), that developed that platform, a satellite-based Internet Protocol-multicast platform to nearly 1,000 TV stations throughout the U.S., which was implemented by Viacom, WB, ABC, CNN, and multiple other studios and TV networks.

Earlier in his career he ran Potomac Television, a news syndication and production service in Washington DC, and Manhattan Center Studios, an audio, broadcast, and performance facility in New York.

William Collins

William Collins

Sandia National Laboratories

Bill has 20 years experience in maintaining and developing high performance systems and software. He is a Technical Committee member of the High Performance Storage System (HPSS) project. He is the project lead of the FrETT software project.

Michael Cornwell

Michael Cornwell

Michael Cornwell brings a wealth of innovation experience delivering market-changing technology, from all-flash to the cloud. He joins Qumulo from Microsoft, where he served as the general manager of storage technologies for Azure Infrastructure, and led innovation and adoption of new memory and storage across the Azure platform and services. Prior to his time at Microsoft, Michael spent eight years at Pure Storage as a founding engineer, and served in key management roles including as vice president and chief technology officer for the Asia Pacific and Japan region (APJ). Michael led the development of Pure’s first all-flash hardware platform, then grew the company’s business in the APJ market from zero to more than $100 million in revenue. He also led pioneering storage development at Sun Microsystems and Apple, and was the lead technologist for flash systems at Sun, driving the development of the industry’s first flash platforms designed for enterprise applications. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has been awarded 68 U.S. patents in storage technologies.

Joe Dain

Joe Dain

Joseph Dain is a Senior Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor in the IBM Systems Storage organization in Tucson, Arizona. He joined IBM in 2003 with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University and has over 100 patents issued and pending worldwide. In his current role he collaborates with IBM Research to build next generation artificial intelligence pipelines that are leveraged in a variety of use cases such as detecting cancer in tissue biopsies, assisting fire fighters in combating wildfires, and building next generation cybersecurity applications.

Bruce Gilpin

Bruce Gilpin

CEO
Versity Software, Inc.

Bruce Gilpin brings over 20 years of experience building innovative technology products and companies from the ground up. As the CEO of Versity, he oversees the company’s sales and marketing, finance, legal, administration, and corporate strategy. Previously he was EVP of Corporate Development at USWeb/CKS, CFO of Brammo Inc., and COO of MobiTV.

Mike Fisher

Mike Fisher

Principal Storage Architect
Alliance Technology Group

Mike Fisher began his IT career as a Data Center Manager. He went on to work for StorageTek as a customer Technical Manager, and then as a Pre-Sales Engineer, he continued his career through the Sun and Oracle acquisitions and he is now with Alliance Technology Group.

Andrew Guazza

Andrew Guazza

Senior Technology Partner
Data in Science Technologies (DST)

Andrew Gauzza will be speaking on behalf of Data in Science Technologies. With a background in scale-out storage, networking and data security, Andrew brings twenty-two years of experience with the past eight years overseeing the management of over two-hundred Petabytes of storage across a dozen clients utilizing the latest in HPC and scale out storage including Spectrum Scale (GPFS), Lustre, Quobyte, BeeGFS and OpenZFS.

Our mission is to create a positive experience for the Scientist when using HPC by clearly defining collaboration and communication policy while ensuring proper tuning, documentation, and transitional handoffs configured to best practices. DST clients experience increased customer adaption of HPC, full accountability, collaboration, and a central communication platform for Scientists and HPC support teams.

Alan Hall

Alan Hall

Operations Manager/System Owner
Comprehensive Large Array Stewardship System (CLASS)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Office of Satellite and Products Operations

Alan wrote his first program in 1976 as a freshman in high school where his first tape was a paper punch tape to save programs on. After a brief career in medicine, Alan finally gave in to the geek/nerd/looser and made Computer Science (as it was called then) his career. With an undergrad in Computer Science, he began a Federal Information Technology career in 1985 working on a large complex distributed mini-computer system spread to the furthest rural communities of the Southern United States. Baud rates were horrifically slow but cutting edge compared to the microwave system used to reach wildly remote areas where phones were barely workable. Real-to-real to tapes were the order of the day and every system used them for backups and uCode updates. Because most of the systems were so remote and with little onsite expertise, he wrote automation software for national release to keep the systems up as much as possible within questionable environments. He was awarded the highest awards in the civilian agency numerous times for the accomplishments that helped bring the agency into the modern computing era.

In 1997 Alan changed agencies at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to return to programming. He began writing new ingest capabilities for many data streams and this work evolved into an Enterprise Ingest and Archive System (IAS) that is still in use today at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). As the Team Lead for Data Operations, he developed the systems and processes to migrate 95,000 8mm tapes containing NEXt Generation RADar (NEXRAD) into an IBM robotic tape library. This migration opened timely access (from days to hours) to critical data in predicting severe weather of all kinds for the protection of life and property. Alan’s work with the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to equip ocean ships with climate quality instruments culminated into a new class of observations.

Currently he is the Operations Manager and System Owner for NOAA’s Comprehensive Large Array Storage System (CLASS). The program stewards almost 15PB of data in two geographic locations (30PB total) on Spectra Logic’s T-Finity series robotics. The team just completed a migration at one facility from LTO-6 technology to LTO-8 opening up higher density storage for the near future. The next migration for the second facility will be from LTO-6 to a Cloud provider. Many projects and accomplishments over the years have resulted in Agency and Department level awards.

Steffen Hellmold

Steffen Hellmold

Steffen Hellmold is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Western Digital. He is responsible for identifying & leading incubated disruptive innovation projects in support of storage adjacent growth opportunities. His current area of focus is Cold Storage with an emphasis on driving tape innovation to address the growing demand for cloud-scale accessible archive solutions providing lower latency than tape with improved density and lower product and operating costs.

Before joining Western Digital in 2013, Hellmold was Vice President of Marketing at Everspin Technologies. Prior positions include executive management at SandForce, Seagate Technology, Lexar Media (a subsidiary of Micron), Samsung Semiconductor, Fujitsu and SMART Modular Technologies.

Hellmold has been deeply engaged in various industry trade associations as well as industry standards organizations such as JEDEC, IEEE, USB-IF, CFA, SDA, and MMCA. He co-founded the USB Flash Drive Alliance and served as their president from 2003 to 2007.

Hellmold holds an Economic Electrical Engineering degree (EEE) from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.

Kristy Kallback-Rose

Kristy Kallback-Rose

Kristy Kallback-Rose is a Senior HPC Storage Systems Analyst at the National Energy Research and Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Kristy's recent work has focused on filesystems and archival storage, including GPFS and HPSS. Prior to that she worked in a variety of roles including grid computing in support of the ATLAS project, databases, development and instruction. Kristy has undergraduate degrees in Japanese and Physics and a masters in Physics and is pleased to be working at NERSC in support of scientific research.

Chris King

Chris King

Chris King is a systems engineer at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, AL. Prior to joining the Institute in February of 2017, he was an engineer and ISSM at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Chris began his career in Information Technology at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in the Earth Systems Science Center (ESSC), and later moved on to the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomics Research (CSPAR) as a systems administrator and worked on their HPC environment.

Lee Liming

Kyle Lamb

Kyle has over 20 years of experience in compute, storage and networking. His career includes engineering and leadership at White Sands Missile Range, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Data Direct Networks. Kyle has enjoyed many roles over his career including management, systems administration, network administration, and storage administration. Kyle is currently focused on HPC storage to include high performance flash storage, parallel file systems, long term storage, and archive. Kyles's professional interests are focused on data storage and data management.

Kyle lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, together with his wife, and two daughters. He enjoys hiking, woodworking, and home renovations/building

Patrick Mayock

Patrick Mayock

Data Protection Warrior, LTO Tape & RDX Evangelist
HPE Storage Media - Partner Development

Pat has over 30 years in the data protection market representing the top providers of tape based solutions as well as dedicated disk solutions and backup to the cloud.  He started in the business with Cipher Data Products providing the 9 track reel to reel systems and evolved with the technology to LTO-8 offerings today. That is a long road of performance and capacity enhancements.

Based in Golden, CO, Pat travels across the US to meet with HPE Partners and motivate sales teams to expand their storage services to include LTO tape media, LTO tape libraries and RDX removable disk solutions. His roots are still in Southern CA, where he attended UCSD and graduated from UCLA. 

Matt Ninesling

Matt Ninesling

Director of Hardware Engineering
Spectra Logic

Matt Ninesling is Spectra Logic’s Director of Hardware Engineering and Tape Library Product Manager. He has been with Spectra Logic for over 20 years, where he has helped develop advancements for Spectra’s enterprise tape library family. Matt led the development of the TFinity tape library, the world’s largest storage system, and the High Performance Transporter.  He has worked in manufacturing management, new product integration, engineering project management, as well as his current engineering and product management positions.  Matt received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Khanh Ngo

Khanh Ngo is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor in Tucson, Arizona. Khanh is part of the IBM Spectrum Archive Development team. He joined IBM in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Later, he received a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management. Because of his design and implementation work with many IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition (EE) customers across multiple industries worldwide, Khanh is often sought out for his expertise to lead, execute, and successfully complete proof of concepts and custom engineering solutions integrating IBM Spectrum Archive EE into customers’ production environments.

Philippe Nicolas

Philippe Nicolas

Based in San Francisco, Philippe Nicolas observes the storage industry for almost 30 years. He’s the lead analyst at Coldago Research, an analyst firm he launched a few years ago. He has previously worked at Scality, Brocade, Symantec, Veritas Software, SGI and Compaq. In parallel, he drove the SNIA in France for almost 10 years, being an European board member for 4 years and he’s the author of several reference tutorials for the association.

He’s also a key contributor to StorageNewsletter and shares his comments and views on his 2 storage blogs (filestorage.blogspot.com and continuousdataprotection.blogspot.com) launched in 2005 with more than 2000 posts as of today. His twitter handle is @CDP_FST.

Tony Pearson

Tony Pearson

Tony Pearson is a Master Inventor, Content Manager, Blogger and Senior IT Architect focused on the IBM Systems product line. Tony joined IBM Corporation in 1986 in Tucson, Arizona, USA, and has lived there ever since. In his current role, Tony organizes the content of IBM Systems Technical University (TechU) events and presents on IBM Z, LinuxONE, Storage, IT Leadership and Professional Development topics.

Tony writes the “Tony @ TechU” blog and has published a series of books: Inside System Storage: Volume I through V. Tony was formerly the chief architect of IBM DFSMS and IBM Spectrum Control software development.

Over the past years, Tony has worked in development, marketing and consulting for various hardware and software products. Tony has a Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Arizona. Tony is an inventor or co-inventor of 19 patents in the field of electronic data storage, systems and software.

Ian Randall

Ian Randall

Ian Randall is a Systems Analyst and a member of the DHS (Data Handling System) team at the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) based in the United Kingdom.

Ian’s most recent work includes deploying two large IBM TS4500 Tape Libraries in production with IBM TS1160 tape drives. Currently ECMWF is the capacity leader for HPSS holding 451PB in a single namespace and spanning 312 million files. ECMWF’s current challenge is moving its Data Centre to Bologna, Italy in 2020/2021. Which will include moving the large data archive of meteorological data.

Garrett Ransom

Garrett Ransom

Storage Developer and Administrator
HPC Systems Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Garrett is responsible for the design, deployment, and management of long-term storage infrastructure to support the Laboratory's extensive scientific HPC capabilities. Garrett received a bachelor's in Computer Science from New Mexico Tech in 2016. Over the last 3 years at the Laboratory, he has contributed to the development of MarFS, Pftool, Marchive, and GUFI. Additionally, Garrett has overseen the deployment of production Campaign Storage systems and provides administrative support for MarFS, GPFS, and HPSS filesystems across the site.

Mark Seamans

Mark Seamans

Mark Seamans is the Director of HPC Storage and Data Management at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In this role, Mark manages the go-to-market strategy and technology direction for storage and data management solutions used by HPE's high-performance computing customer base - including the ClusterStor E1000 Lustre file system solution and the HPE Data Management Foundation (DMF) tiered data platform. Prior to HPE, Mark was the Sr. Director for HPC Storage Solutions at Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) which was acquired by HPE in November 2016. Mark has held a number of senior executive roles at enterprises focused on the delivery of software-centric solutions for data management, analysis and processing – and his educational background includes degrees in Cognitive Science and Innovation Management.

Will Schmied

Will Schmied

Storage Architect
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Will eats tacos and (sometimes) knows things.

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