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UC San Diego to Host Workshop to Explore the Potential of New Memory Technologies

San Diego, Calif. Feb. 18., 2014 -- The University of California, San Diego, will host the 5th Annual Non-Volatile Memories Workshop (NVMW 2014) on March 9 to 11.  The workshop will gather scientists and engineers from around the world to discuss the latest innovations in non-volatile computer memories; how they will be used to power increasingly sophisticated mobile electronic devices; and the role they will play in the era of “big data” and cloud computing.

“Non-volatile memories are driving innovation in all kinds of computer systems, from iPhones to warehouse-sized data centers, but we have only begun to exploit their potential.  The problem is that fully utilizing them is complex and requires many components working together seamlessly.” said Steven Swanson, a professor of computer science at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego and one of the workshop’s organizers.  “The goal of this workshop is get experts on each of those components together, in one place, to share ideas and drive innovation.”

The workshop begins on Sunday with a half-day tutorial on “Data Integrity and Reliability in Storage Stacks,” presented by Cheng Huang (Microsoft Research) and Hao Zhong (Fusion-io). The technical program continues on Monday and Tuesday with 32 presentations by leading researchers from the United States, Australia, Israel, Japan, Korea and Switzerland, as well as keynote presentations by John Scaramuzzo, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk, and Kaladhar Voruganti, Senior Technical Director in the CTO office at NetApp.

“The level of interest in emerging non-volatile memory technologies and storage systems is strong and growing,” says workshop co-organizer Paul Siegel, a professor of electrical engineering at UC San Diego . “We expect that attendance this year will again top 200 people from research groups in academia, industry and national labs. And, as in the past, we are actively encouraging participation by graduate students and post-doctoral researchers who will drive future progress in this exciting field.”   

The workshop is a co-production of the Center for Magnetic Recording Research ( and the Non-Volatile Systems Laboratory ( at UC San Diego.

The workshop also enjoys the support of  the National Science Foundation and the IEEE Magnetics Society, as well as a diverse group of  industry sponsors including HGST, Micron, NetApp, LSI, Marvell Semiconductor, Microsoft Research, PMC Sierra, Rambus, SK Hynix Memory Solutions, Toshiba and Western Digital.

More information, including a detailed program, is available at

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