[3/31] Data Storage Innovations for the Zettabyte Age

Time: 8 PM PDT March 31, 2022

Registration: https://cie_eecs_zb_age_westerndigital.eventbrite.com

Talk Abstract:

Data growth has been on a rocket-ship trajectory, and IDC is expecting 103 zettabytes (ZB) of data to be generated worldwide by 2023. What is the concept for one ZB? Nowadays, It is common to see consumer-level storage devices with 1 terabyte (TB) capacity. 1 ZB is equivalent to 1 billion TB! That means, 1 ZB is enough space to hold 10 billion 4K movies. That’s so much cinema it’d take 1.8 million years to watch! If each TB in a ZB were a kilometer, it would be equivalent to 1,300 round trips from earth to the moon and back!

If there’s one thing clear about entering the ZB age, it is that we have to reconsider how we architect data centers with the power of cutting-edge storage technology to meet the demands. In this event, you will learn about the evolution of the storage technology and its latest updates, the vision for future cloud and local storage, and how the new storage technology might impact blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Xiaodong Che is the Chief Technology Officer of the HDD Business Unit and senior vice president at Western Digital Corporation. His responsibility is to shape the magnetic recording vision based on long-term data growth, and to serve in the Corporate Global Strategy and Technology team preparing for the disruptive innovation transitions in the foreseeable future.

In 2008, Dr. Che joined HGST. During Western Digital’s HGST acquisition, he led the technology strategy and roadmap consolidation. Prior to that, Dr. Che served Quantum Corporation as a recording technologist.

Dr. Che received his BA in Physics from Fudan University in Shanghai China in 1987, and Ph.D at UC San Diego in condensed matter physics under Prof. Harry Suhl in 1991. Afterwards, he joined Prof. Neal Bertram’s magnetic recording group at the Center for Magnetic Recording Research as a post-doctor.  He has been actively involved in the development and innovation of magnetic recording storage technology in the last three decades.