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Special Pre-Conference Tutorial: Solid-State Storage – The Fundamentals (presented by KnowledgeTek)

Entertainment Storage Alliance

Monday, January 3, 2011 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM (PST)

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Ticket Price includes tutorial session and break. $495 after December 23, 2010, 5pm.
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Are you deciding whether to use flash-based storage in your data center or in your products? There are many options, from solid-state drives (SSDs) to flash caches and hybrid solutions. How do you assess the claims of their cost, performance, power, and reliability? Unbiased, clear information is critical for making the right decisions! So don’t spend money on new systems without a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of this rapidly-evolving technology!  


Learn from 20-year storage industry veteran and expert instructor, Chuck Sobey, about where solid-state (flash) storage fits in today’s storage architectures, how they are constructed, what problems they pose, and how you can get the most out of them. Get real insight into what’s happening in the industry and what you’re likely to see both near-term and long-term. 


The Fundamentals tutorial is a great way to get up-to-date quickly and be able to take maximum advantage of the presentations and contacts at Storage Visions 2011. It is also an excellent stand-alone learning experience for those with limited time. Cut through the hype surrounding SSD claims! Learn how to ask the tough questions and get the right answers for your application!   


This tutorial is designed for engineers, managers, and executives who need to make immediate decisions.  It is presented by KnowledgeTek, the world’s leading data storage technology training company. Suggested prerequisites include a technical background and data storage experience; the class does not assume detailed engineering knowledge of chips, drives, flash memory, or storage systems. 

Course Outline:


1. SSD or Flash Cache?

a.       Evolving requirements of storage: Is the time right for flash?

b.      Summary of storage interfaces

c.       SSD performance metrics and benchmarks


2. Architecture of flash chips and SSDs

a.       Inside a NAND flash cell

b.      Programming, erasing, and reading flash memory

c.       Logical and physical layout of flash storage

d.      Flash controllers

e.       SSD manufacturing and test


3. Overcoming the Problems of Flash and SSDs

a.       Cost

b.      Multiple bits per cell technology vs. single bit per cell

c.       Endurance, retention, and wear-leveling

d.      Error correction coding (ECC)

e.       I/O speed and consistent performance over time

f.        Power consumption


4. Future Trends

a.       Flash process geometry trends and challenges

b.      SSD alternatives – Return of the Hybrid Hard Drive?

c.       Do SSDs require new interfaces or a redesign of storage systems?

d.      Encryption basics

e.       Data recovery from SSDs

f.        Technologies vying to replace NAND flash in SSDs

g.       Leading sources of reference information



About the Instructor


Chuck Sobey is an internationally respected technology and business advisor. He has over 20 years of direct design, manufacturing, and test experience in the data storage industry. He has helped pioneer innovations in recording head design, channel architectures, and adaptive algorithms while working with small startups, established industry giants, and government agencies.


Chuck formed the consulting firm ChannelScience in 1996 to guide companies through technology transitions in the data storage industry. Most recently, he has been working with industry leaders to develop and evaluate solid-state storage devices. He has taught literally thousands of industry professionals, helping them to rapidly increase their knowledge levels and their companies’ capabilities in rapidly changing storage technologies.


An electrical engineering graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California at Santa Barbara, Chuck has 7 US patents and many publications, including the widely circulated whitepaper Recovering Unrecoverable Data. He gave the keynote address at DISKCON's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the hard disk drive, and at Carnegie Mellon University’s banquet for the 2010 ECE graduating class.


About KnowledgeTek


Since 1984, KnowledgeTek has been the #1 technology training seminar resource for professionals in the storage industry.  KnowledgeTek technology courses are developed with our hands-on, experienced trainers, and always include the most up-to-date information, using the latest leading-edge storage technology and devices.


Popular 2010 seminars include:

SAS; SATA; Hybrid-Disk Drive Technology; Solid-State Drives; SCSI; Noise-predictive PRML channels; ATAPI; DVD and CD technology; Fibre Channel; Advanced Perpendicular Recording; Disk Drives; Tape Storage and their interfaces; and 1394 Interface. Both public and private technology seminars are available.  For more information, see www.KnowledgeTek.com. 


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When & Where

Riviera Hotel Conference Center
2901 Las Vegas Blvd., South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Monday, January 3, 2011 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM (PST)

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