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WEDNESDAY November 14th
Beyond Virtualization: Architecting the Ubiquitous Storage Utility
Wayne Karpoff, VP, CTO, YottaYotta
The storage utility concept has been an implicit promise of SANs since the mid-90's. We are on the verge of keeping that promise to users, but pitfalls remain and data-centric infrastructures will further impact server use.

As the necessary underpinnings for super-scale network storage emerge we can begin to think about reaching the Holy Grail of SANs: the ubiquitous storage utility. Several trends are driving this fundamental re-scaling of storage applications: content growth, resource constraints, storage networking, and server thinning. The economic benefits of super-scale storage, while compelling in themselves, are but a prelude to the next steps in a decades-long trend of moving storage related functionality from servers to storage. The era of piecemeal storage solutions is drawing to a close. Learn more about how network effects will reshape the industry and push customer expectations towards carrier-class solutions as we move beyond virtualization to the ubiquitous storage utility.

This presentation will specifically answer what unique requirements storage utilities have over and above enterprise storage and how the data-centric model will affect how you purchase and use servers.
High Performance Archives, Towards GigaBytes Per Second
Jim P. Hughes, StorageTek Fellow, StorageTek
The ability to move tens of terabytes in reasonable amounts of time is critical to many supercomputer applications. We examine the issues of high performance, high reliability tape storage systems, and presents the ability to reliably move 1GB/s to an archive that can last 20 years. We will cover the requirements, approach, hardware, application software, interface descriptions, performance, measured reliability and predicted reliability. RAIT allows a sustained 80MB/s of data per Fiber Channel interface that is striped out to multiple tape drives. This looks to the application as a single tape drive from both mount and data transfer perspective. Striping 13 RAIT systems together will provide more than 1GB/s to tape. The reliability is provided by adding parity stripes to the data stripes. For example, adding 2 parity tapes to an 8 stripe group will allow any 2 of the 10 tapes to be lost or damaged without loss of information. The reliability of RAIT with 8 stripes and 2 parities exceeds that of mirrored tapes by using 10 tapes instead of the 16 tapes that a mirror would require.
Scalable Disk Archives: Are Tape Archives Obsolete?
Greg Lindahl, CTO, Conservative Computer, Inc. (Logicon Booth)
Large archives of information are conventionally stored in large tape archives, with robotic mechanisms for access. Although these archives suffer from poor performance for small files, they are much more cost effective and reliable than large disk systems. Pundits have predicted for years that the rapidly falling cost of commodity IDE disks would eventually render tapes obsolete, but many interesting engineering problems must be solved to make a cost effective and reliable large disk archive.

This talk describes a prototype scalable disk archive constructed from commodity components. Although somewhat more expensive than today's large tape archives, this archive provides superior small file performance, superior bandwidth for large files, and is substantially cheaper and more reliable than conventional large disk systems.
High Performance Global Storage Networks: The INRANGE Way
Mark Sincevich, Federal & Partner Programs Manager, INRANGE Technologies
Exploding data growth, increasing storage demands and the need for 24x7 availability are commonplace in today's large data centers. As a result, increasing demands are being placed on your organization to manage your data. Storage Networking enables you to enhance the productivity of managing your data while increasing its availably and value in a global, 24x7 economy. To meet this need, Storage Networking has evolved from a conceptual storage utility model, to localized Fibre Channel Islands, to Enterprise Storage Networks, and now, Open Global Storage Networks. This session will examine how Open Global Storage Networks are being deployed today to provide interoperability, investment protection, scalability from 100s to 1,000s of ports, global availability regardless of distance, and simplified management.

Attendees will learn more about:
--Increasing data availability by reducing downtime
--Simplifying the implementation of multi protocol, mixed vendor storage networks
--Increasing productivity and staff efficiency through simplified management tools
--Maximizing IT budgets to provide investment protection and ROI gains.
1PM - 1:30PM
Intelligent Disaster Recovery Software Solutions
Vincent deVenoge, Senior Systems Engineer, VERITAS Software
Disaster recovery is essential. Organizations large and small need their data protected, accessible, and uninterrupted in the event of a disaster. VERITAS disaster recovery solutions are based on software products that work together efficiently and seamlessly across all platforms and applications and are flexible enough to grow along with your requirements. As a disaster recovery plan evolves, VERITAS provides a layer of protection at every stage.

Foundation Layer
The foundation layer of our disaster recovery solutions gives unparalleled control and flexibility in managing data. With proactive monitoring and maintenance of data storage systems, these tools keep organizations online 24xforever.

Having an easily recoverable backup copy of your data is fundamental to a disaster recovery plan. VERITAS provides offline storage for basic protection of all data, and a range of other backup and recovery products for desktops to large data centers.

Replication and Clustering
VERITAS replication and clustering technology offers immediate data recovery and uninterrupted data access with replicated data and failover technologies that don't require vendor-specific hardware.

Disaster Recovery Enterprise Consulting Services
The disaster recovery experts at VERITAS Consulting can help develop and implement a disaster recovery plan. Our staff of certified disaster recovery planning engineers has years of collective experience.
Gigabit Ethernet and the Adapter Market
Terry Appling, Senior Manager of Technical Services, SysKonnect
The technology that is "Gigabit Ethernet" is influenced by a variety of factors. In addition to the switch and NIC hardware that drives Gigabit speed, servers, cabling, fiber connectors, and chip designs are changing the face of Gigabit Ethernet. Gigabit Ethernet will enable emerging high-bandwidth applications such as storage, video, and animation. But, it is these applications that are driving the deployment of Gigabit Ethernet. As a result, the technology that is Gigabit Ethernet continues to evolve to take advantage of innovation and to keep pace with user demand. This presentation will cover trends in the GigE including: A. Bus technology - PCI-X and Infiniband B. 10 Gig and the MAN C. High growth applications such as SAN, iSCSI vs. Fibre Channel, video, and clustering D. Evolution of the adapter market to meet these changes
Foundry Networks' Global Ethernet™ Solutions For Metro Networks
Jeffrey L. Carrell, Manager, Educational Services, Foundry Networks
Introducing the complete, end-to-end, next generation MAN solution. You can extend the high performance and low cost of Ethernet to your Metropolitan Area Network (MAN). Foundry Networks' Global Ethernet MAN solution gives you high-speed Internet connectivity through long-haul 10 Gigabit and Gigabit Ethernet or Packet Over SONET with speeds ranging from OC-3 up to OC-48. And, beyond bandwidth, our MAN solution comes with a rich set of service provisioning and delivery capabilities including Quality of Service (QoS), bandwidth management, security, and accounting and billing. Combined with Foundry's proven high-performance switch architecture, these value-added capabilities help you evolve your business by turning bandwidth into revenue.
Marconi Optical Networking
Robert J. Riehl, Technical Director, Marconi Communications Federal, Inc.
Peter Turnbull, DWDM Product Support Manager, Marconi Optical Networks
Marconi Communications Federal, Inc. presents its All Optical Networking that supports 2.5 Gb/s to 10 Gb/s per wavelength featuring the PMA-32, thirty-two wavelength add drop multiplexer. Marconi will present its strategy of interconnecting its large protocol agnostic BXR-48000 switch capable of native IP, ATM, and MPLS supporting "Ships-in-the-Night" with its SmartPhotonix All Optical Networking products.
LJuniper Networks Routers in Research & Education Networks
John Jamison, Consulting Engineer, Juniper Networks
Juniper Networks Routers are deployed in Research & Education (R&E) Networks worldwide. They have become the router of choice for network engineers supporting high performance applications. This presentation will discuss how Super Computer Centers, Research Labs, Universities, and Wide Area R&E Networks are taking advantage of Juniper Networks support of features like MPLS, CCC, Line Speed Firewall Filtering, Filter Based Forwarding, and QoS to support innovative applications.
InfiniBand Now
John Freisinger, VP of Sales & Marketing, Essential
Seven of the computing industry's leaders, Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems joined together in developing a new common I/O specification to deliver a channel based, switched fabric technology. This new technology, InfiniBand, promises to simplify and lessen the costs associated with running an enterprise data center. Over 220 vendors have committed to producing products for the InfiniBand specification.

John Freisinger will discuss the realities of implementing an InfiniBand-based solution today and what products are still needed to fulfill the promise of this technology. This is and ideal primer for anyone trying to gain an understanding of InfiniBand or anyone who is considering implementing an InfiniBand solution in the coming months.
Debugging Parallel Programs Automatically
Henry A. Gabb, Staff Parallel Applications Engineer, Intel Corp.
Though it has not always been true, processor time today is considerably cheaper than programmer time. However, debugging parallel programs is a difficult, programmer-intensive endeavor. Intel's Assure for Threads transfers much of the debugging effort to the processor. A series of parallel codes, each containing subtle errors, will be presented. The codes compile and sometimes even execute correctly. The presentation will demonstrate how Assure automatically finds bugs in parallel programs with non-deterministic behavior.
Mac OS X as a Unix Operating Systems for Scientists
John Martellaro, Apple Science & Technology, Apple Computer, Inc
Apple's new Mac OS X is a Unix-based operating system with an open source Mach 3 kernel and BSD 4.4 core that creates a superb working environment for the researcher. The excellent integration of a desktop GUI with standard Unix tools creates a world-class development environment: access to the G4 vector processor, SMP, clustering, legacy Macintosh applications, new Mac OS X applications, the most modern imaging and GUI of any Unix OS, an object oriented development environment, and all the standard BSD and GNU tools. This session will demonstrate the working environment of this next generation OS and showcase research and development tools for the scientist.
Optimizing Compilers for Modern Architectures
Randy Allen, CEO and Founder of Catalytic Compilers, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers
Morgan Kaufmann will present an overview of the contents of their latest publication, "Optimizing Compilers for Modern Architectures", by Randy Allen and Ken Kennedy. Dr. Allen will present the major highlights of the book, including dependence-based transformations for uncovering and enhancing parallelism, exploiting memory hierarchies, and optimizing performance on advanced architectures. The presentation will be oriented towards three groups: hardware architects concerned with obtaining the best compiler-hardware trade-offs, programmers focused on implementation of automatic transformations, and application programmers interested in obtaining maximal performance out of compiler-hardware systems.
Extending Source Analysis to Open MP
Monty Swaiss, CTO, Cleanscape Software International
While a static source code analysis tool will not eliminate the need for other bug eradication tools and tactics, it can greatly reduce the overhead on more expensive resources by catching problems early and allowing programmers to correct problems at the source while they are most familiar with their code. By helping to eliminate problems at the source, static source code analysis increases the competitive viability of the software development organization.

In "Extending Source Analysis to Open MP" Cleanscape Software International will educate Fortran developers about the most advanced software problem eradication tools and tactics, showing how using automated static source code analysis tools to identify and eliminate problems early in the software development process will improve organizational viability. The forum will identify the risks associated with latent software problems, review the alternatives development organizations might consider to reduce such risk, discuss the means by which developers can eliminate problems earlier in development, and presents the history, use, and benefits of using a static source code analysis tool. Developers who attend the presentation will receive a free copy of "Stopping bugs before they kill your software organization: Frequently asked questions about static analysis."

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