Conference ConCepts

Summits and Virtual Events

Flash Memory SummitFlash Memory Summit

Flash Memory Summit focuses on flash memory, a type of constantly powered nonvolatile memory that can be erased and rewritten in units called blocks.  Flash is rugged, small, low-cost, low-power, and fast; it allows for compact systems with simple startup and low power consumption.  It is ideal for consumer applications such as cellphones, digital cameras, and music players, and is also useful in computers, communications systems, and military/defense applications.  It can replace hard disks for storage in applications where its higher cost is balanced by its smaller size, greater ruggedness, and lower power consumption.

Flash Memory Summit
August 9–11, 2016
Santa Clara convention Center
Santa Clara, California

OPen Server SummitOpen Server / Open Storage Summit

Open Server Summit focuses on the design of next-generation servers using industry-standard hardware and open-source software. Servers have the primary function of managing data transfers rather than actual computing. They generally operate in large racks in data centers. Problems include performance, load balancing, power dissipation, consolidation, and expansion. Current issues include designing for virtualization and cloud computing, reducing power consumption, managing large numbers of servers (server farms), increasing throughput and performance, and bundling of servers, interfaces, and software into unified architectures. Other issues include the use of advanced interfaces such as 40/100 GbE, PCIe, and InfiniBand, and storage solutions such as NAS, SAN, and solid state drives. Open standards in the area include Open Compute, OpenRack, Open Ethernet, Open Storage, OpenFlow, OpenStack, OpenDaylight, Open Networking, DDR4, and Hybrid Memory Cube. There is also a great deal of open source software associated with these standards.

Open Server/Storage Summit
April 13–14, 2016
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, California