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Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Developing innovative FLASH platforms for the in-memory computing era

  • 25 Jun 2015
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center


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The Society of HPC Professionals (SHPCP) -- invites you to attend:

A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

Developing innovative FLASH platforms for the in-memory computing era


Saratoga Speed is a Silicon Valley startup incubated at Sanmina Corporation. The company is addressing data storage and processing challenges in working with “Big and Fast” data sets at sizes and speeds that are rapidly becoming the norm, but present impossible challenges in today’s computing environments. The initial products from the company offer the world's fastest, densest, and highest capacity all-flash storage arrays. Designed to ingest, process, and store hundreds of terabytes of data at tens of gigabytes per second transfer speeds, the arrays have very low space, power and cooling requirements.

There are two common platform design approaches prevalent in the storage or Big Data infrastructure space today. The first is to select inexpensive and lowest-common-denominator commodity hardware, avoid all custom hardware or firmware, and build a platform exclusively with software. The result is performance, capacity, and density all capped at lowest-common-denominator levels with admittedly more flexible integration and ease-of-use.

The second approach favors aggressive use of custom hardware with a thin layer of software for access. While higher levels of performance, capacity and density can be realized with this approach, development cycles are longer. Saratoga Speed platforms start with commodity hardware and off-the-shelf operating systems. Aggressive design, implementation and integration of proprietary hardware, firmware and software in carefully chosen areas results in capabilities that far beyond other currently available products.

The talk will describe the challenges in building out a line of products with this design and development approach. Flash packaging, RAID, caching, data path acceleration, service layering and offloads, FPGA integration and application hosting are some of the specific areas that will be covered. What worked well, what did not and how we had to adjust the strategy to technical and business reality as we went along.


Sharad Mehrotra is the CEO of Saratoga Speed. He has over 25 years of technology and business management experience, including the CEO position in his two previous venture-backed start-ups (Procket Networks, Fabric7 Systems), and executive roles at Hewlett Packard and Sanmina Corporation.

Meeting will be conducted on,
Thur. June 25, 2015, 11:30 CDT
at the
Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center
10595 Westoffice Drive Houston, TX 77042











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