WoMS 2017

Workshop on Memory and Storage Systems
9th - 10th December, 2017
Venue - IIT Gandhinagar

The bottlenecks in contemporary high performance computer systems are shifting from the traditional compute to the modern memory and storage. Majority of the contemporary and emerging applications in the high performance and the hyperscale domains have begun to experience the latter as their primary performance bottlenecks. These classes of applications have seen a tremendous growth in the amount of data they are required to process, many times under very strict service level agreements (SLAs). This has exacerbated the need for high bandwidth, low latency and high capacity memory system design, possibly using a number of emerging memory technologies including, but not limited to PCM, STT-RAM and Memristors.

The storage subsystem has been experiencing similar trends. Hard drives are beginning to peak in terms of their capacity, latency and bandwidth capabilities. To counter that, Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) is becoming the de facto interface for high performance solid state devices. Highly parallel, software communication protocols like non-volatile memory express (NVMe) are increasingly getting adopted. Current industry trends forecast the incorporation of emerging memory technologies like 3D-XPoint and PCM into high performance storage devices in the very near future.

As a result of these developments, the future memory and storage hierarchies are going to be be comprised of a number of varied memory technologies. In order to best capitalize on these emerging trends, there is an immediate need to revisit various areas of memory and storage system design, as well as the system software stack to address these challenges.
The goal of this workshop is to bring together academic researchers and industry practitioners to share their insights from different perspectives (memory and storage systems design, including but not limited to system software, firmware and architecture) and discuss the problems pertaining to design of memory and storage systems of tomorrow’s high performance machines.

Workshop Format

The Workshop on Memory and Storage Systems will have invited speakers from both industry and academia to talk about the contemporary and pressing issues that need to be addressed in these areas and the research that is being done to solve them.

In addition to the talks, the event will have several forums for informal interactions - over coffee, in an open-house style panel discussions about research opportunities in memory and storage systems.

Target Audience

The target audience for this workshop is senior undergraduate (3rd or 4th year) or early career graduate students who are looking for introduction to research opportunities in the field of memory architectures and software systems. The organizers are looking to select approximately 50 students to attend WoMS 2017.

There is no application fee. Discounted, shared accommodation may be provided at IIT Gandhinagar for selected candidates.