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DTC Seminar Series

Object-based Storage Devices: Yes it's a crazy idea, but is it crazy enough?


Tom Ruwart
Ciprico, Inc.

Wednesday, April 3, 2002
1:00 pm

402 Walter Library

Slide presentation (powerpoint 298 KB) Slide presentation (pdf 2.88 MB) Our ability to create data and use data storage devices have seen amazing growth rates over the past several years. The current software data storage technologies such as file systems and protocols are based on 30-year old technologies and are beginning to show signs of stress under the demands of current-day users. This presentation describes the effects of these demands and demonstrates how an Object-based Storage Device approach can alleviate the problems associated with current methods and technologies.


Mr. Ruwart is Chief Technology Officer at Ciprico, Inc. and has over 24 years of experience in the computer storage industry. Fifteen years of this time was spent at the University of Minnesota Supercomputer Institute, the Army High Performance Computing Research Center, and the Laboratory for Computational Science and Engineering. His interests and areas of research and development have always been related to advanced disk storage technologies and related high-performance applications. Mr. Ruwart is also a member of ACM and the IEEE Computer Society, a member of the IEEE Mass Storage Executive Committee, and a co-chair of the Object-based Storage Device Technical Working Group in the Storage Networking Industry Association.