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DTC Leading Edge Seminar Series

Today's Disk Drives: Design Challenges and Opportunities


Dave Anderson

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
3:30 p.m. reception
4:00 p.m. seminar

401/402 Walter Library

This talk will figuratively take the cover off a magnetic disk drive and discuss the important subsystems that make up a modern drive. It will use these to point out the key challenges facing drive developers and how the design choices reflect the market for which a drive is intended. Finally, a quick look at the future will include the description of an important development the industry is positioning for likely introduction in the near future.


Dave Anderson is Director of Strategic Planning for Seagate and has over 25 years of experience in the computer field. He was involved in the architecture and planning of Fibre Channel since its first proposal as a disc interface. He was original author and editor of the Object-Based Storage Device proposal submitted to the SCSI standards committee. Mr. Anderson was one of the original nine elected members of the SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) Technical Council and on the original steering committee for the first File and Storage Technology (FAST) Conference. He has been awarded six patents related to disc storage. He was most recently instrumental in the integration of cryptographic security services in hard drives. He is a member of ACM and the IEEE Computer Society.