Information Storage and Processing Systems

Hilton San Francisco Financial District, San Francisco, CA

August 29 - 30, 2017



Keynote Presentation

A Short Introduction to Big Data Analytics, the Internet of Things, and Their Synergies

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
Time: 6:30pm

Andrei Khurshudov

Andrei Khurshudov, PhD
Chief Data Officer, Alchemy IoT


Dr. Andrei Khurshudov is a Chief Data Officer at Alchemy IoT, a Boulder-area startup focused on developing cloud-based solutions for the Internet of Things.

Andrei joined Alchemy IoT after more than 10 years with Seagate, where he was a Chief Technologist and managed various organizations focusing on product engineering, big data analytics, cloud technology, quality and reliability, and other subjects. While at Seagate, Andrei created the Big Data Analytics and Insights organization, which focused on applying advanced analytics and machine learning concepts to areas such as quality, reliability, manufacturing, and remote device monitoring, as well as finances, sales and product pricing, and other critical areas where data-driven decisions are important.

Andrei has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and, prior to joining Seagate, worked at such companies as IBM, Hitachi Global Storage, and Samsung.


It is a rare opportunity for us to live in a time in which important new fields as Big Data Analytics (BDA) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are being born, maturing, and working together to advance technological progress.

Big Data Analytics deals with large volumes of diverse data moving at high rates. The goal of BDA is to find hidden patterns in the data, explain those patterns, make predictions about the future, and even prescribe the best possible actions in response. An additional objective is to perform these analyses in real time or near-real time. Toward this end, BDA has to rely on techniques from the fields of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), and on a fault-tolerant computer infrastructure that is built for highly parallel data processing.

The Internet of Things refers to a global network of machines, devices, sensors, communication networks and protocols, and decision-making algorithms that are now enabling a new wave of the industrial revolution. It is the foundation for a new world of connected and intelligent devices operating together to improve our quality of life.

The Internet of Things is the universe of constellations of connected devices generating potentially unlimited amounts of data, which is a necessary precursor for Big Data Analytics. At the same time, data from these constellations of devices is mostly uninformative without the fast analysis, pattern-learning functionality, and actionable insights that BDA can provide. These two areas appear to be tailor-made for success together.

This presentation will discuss both of the above subjects and their synergies.

Data Storage at the Edge and Beyond

Mark Re Mark Re
Chief Technology Officer, Seagate Technology


Mark Re is Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Seagate Technology. He is responsible for driving research on new technologies while also overseeing the hard disk drive component research and development teams. Over the course of a 14 years career at Seagate, Re has held many different leadership roles, including: SVP of R&D Media, Media Operations, Design Centers, and Heads R&D.

Prior to joining Seagate, Re served as SVP of Research and Development at Read-Rite in Fremont, California. Earlier career highlights include management positions at IBM in San Jose, California, and Yorktown Heights, New York, where Re's primary focus was magnetic recording heads. During this time, Re was named an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 1997.

Re holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University.


It's no surprise that our world will be awash in data in 2025, but what is startling is volume of data. IDC estimated that we will generate163 zettabytes (ZB) of data by 2025. This is a ten-fold increase over what was created in 2016.

In this talk, Dr. Re will summarize where this data is coming from within the framework of Core, Edge and Endpoint devices. The Edge will become more sophisticated with autonomous vehicles, drones, robotics and IoT devices that will collect and generate data that needs to be processed and stored in real time. Effectively, these devices will be like “data centers” in a distributed compute/storage infrastructure.

In this timeframe; around 60% of storage capacity will still need to come from the HDD industry and 30% from solid-state technology. Dr. Re will share the hard disk drive (HDD) roadmaps addressing the capacity and performance challenges for designing and manufacturing storage products for the data explosion at the Edge and beyond.

Finally, to keep up with the 163 zettabyte growth at the Edge and beyond, hard disk drive companies need to immediately launch new component and drive technologies like Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR). Dr. Re's talk will cover HAMR accomplishments and productization timeline.