The Taub Faculty of Computer Science Events and Talks
Michael Factor - COLLOQUIUM LECTURE
Tuesday, 24.04.2018, 14:30
AI, Cognitive, Analytics, IoT all run on data. This data is needed by data scientists, line of business, developers, CDOs and others. Without data, in fact, one can do very little that is interesting or of value. Object storage, the default storage for the PBs and EBs of unstructured data in clouds, has brought huge efficiencies to storing and managing data. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of object storage, using IBM's Cloud Object Storage (formerly Cleversafe) as an example. In particular, we will describe the differences between object storage and more traditional big data storage solution. Motivated by a real application scenario, we will then discuss some innovative, high performance, integrations between object storage and other services such as Apache Spark or Apache Kafka, showing how the sum total is greater than the parts and enabling getting value from data.
Dr Factor is an IBM Fellow with a focus on cloud data, storage and systems. He
has a B.Sc., Valedictorian (1984) in Computer Science from Union College,
Schenectady, NY. M.Sc. (1988), M.Phil. (1989) and Ph.D. (1990) in Computer
Science from Yale University. Since graduating, Dr. Factor has worked at the IBM
Research -- Haifa.
His current main focus area is cloud data and storage where he is leading IBM in
integrating cloud data services. He takes a leading role in cloud-related
research in his lab including topics such as cloud data stores and their
ecosystem, data infrastructure support for analytics, data organzation, data
security and governance, next generation storage systems, and cloud delivery of
data stores. In the past, he worked on archiving and long term digital
preservation, storage power, advanced storage functions and storage system
architectures, where he was an architect of advanced copy functions for IBM's DS
family of storage subsystems. Prior to that, Dr. Factor was the manager of
Distributed and Clustered Systems in HRL. Other areas where Dr. Factor has
worked include the cluster VM for Java, the XML File System, the IBM iSeries
Integrated File System and the Web server for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Dr. Factor was a past chair of the SYSTORsteering committee and was the program
committee co-chair for both SYSTOR 2009 and MSST2010: Research Track and has
served on numerous program committees.
Dr. Factor also worked with Prof. Dan Tsafrir and Prof Assaf Schuster to co-advise
students at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Prior students include
Gala Yadgar, who works on Karma, Multilevel Cache Management Based on
Application Hints and Konstantin Shagin, who worked on JavaSplit, Fault Tolerant
High-Performance Parallel Computing with Java.