Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't know of many trade shows/conferences that focus primarily on memory. Memory often seems like a part of the design that seems to me to be often overlooked. Kind of like, why yes, I'll buy that new car, and yes, I'll put gas in it. What kind of gas? What does it matter...
Lately, it seems that memory is getting a bit of attention in the bigger electronics design space. Is there a new 'killer' technology on the horizon? How much more memory can we fit into a tiny footprint? How can we use SSDs to satisfy enterprise storage applications? Are hybrid HDD-SSD storage solutions the way to go? What effect will cloud computing have on memory?
Well, this week may are tackling these very subjects at Computerworld's Storage Network World (SNW). Hands-on lab topics include cloud storage, SSDs, enterprise memory, unified storage, and storage implications for server virtualization. If you are in the neighborhood, (Hyatt Regency Silicon Valley Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA), consider stopping in.
For more information on the show, keynotes, etc., you can head over to the show's website. If you go, please drop a comment below to share your impressions. And, if you'd rather wait until fall, SNW Fall 2011 is in Orlando FL October 10-13.
The thing that gets my attention about flash memory used in the enterprise is the difficulty ensuring that flash storage devices are actually free of information before being discarded. See the referenced article about this issue. http://www.infoworld.com/t/solid-state-drives/flash-based-solid-state-drives-nearly-impossible-erase-263 (see the source paper here http://www.usenix.org/events/fast11/tech/full_papers/Wei.pdf). I think that this issue will end up being a very big deal indeed.
It has indeed been very hot although very fragmented in shows. Checkout:
Flash Memory Conference has been running for a few years now. (Santa Clara around Aug)
Storage Visions at the Consumer Electronics Show
JEDEC has quite a few working groups
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