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May 13 – Storage Interfaces

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

Storage Interfaces

Tuesday,   May 11, 2021

1:30 – 3:00 PM PT

URL’s for Zoom Webinar or YouTube Live Stream
will be emailed to registered attendees
24 hours and 2 hours before the event and at the time of the event.


Co-sponsored with the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Magnetics Society


Garden of Earthly Delights, Gamma Iron Oxide Valley, Silicon Valley or whatever one calls it, the valley is the home of the hard disk drive industry. Its companies, products and technologies have been the subject of much historical interest.  The history of their attachment to systems is the little explored subject of this webinar.  The focus is primarily on disk drives (SSD and HDD) and their control but much of the history is common to other storage devices like tape.

Evolution of storage controllers

Storage connects to systems thru layers with interfaces between the layers that have evolved over time – smaller size, lower cost and higher performance.  Early on “dumb” interfaces evolved in the market from the wide interfaces of dominant mainframe and minicomputer interfaces, e.g., DEC RP0x, SMD, etc.  Over time the interfaces became smarter, serial and sponsored by industry consortia (e.g., SCSI, SATA, NVMe), while at the same time function moved around in the various layers (e.g.  RAID, Caching, etc.)

Four industry participants will share with you their experiences in making storage work with computers.



Amber HuffmanAmber Huffman is a distinguished Fellow and Chief Technologist in the IP Engineering Group at Intel Corporation. Huffman has devoted her career to I/O and memory interfaces since joining Intel in 1998 with her early work focused on Serial ATA (SATA) technology. A respected authority on storage, memory and IO architecture, she defined, created and drove the NVMe storage standard including forming and chairing the NVM Express (NVMe) Workgroup and continues to chair the board of directors for the NVMe Workgroup and the Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) Workgroup. Huffman earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and has been granted more than 20 patents in storage architecture.
Jai MenonJai Menon is the Chief Scientist at Fungible, a pioneer in data-centric computing. Previously he served as CTO for multi-billion dollar Systems businesses (Servers, Storage, Networking) at both IBM and Dell. At IBM, he impacted every significant IBM RAID product between 1990 & 2010, and he co-invented one of the earliest RAID-6 codes in the industry called EVENODD. He was also the leader of the IBM Research team that initiated and drove the creation of the industry’s first, and still the most successful, storage virtualization product.  Jai holds 53 patents, has published 82 papers, and is a contributing author to three books on database and storage systems. He is an IEEE Fellow and an IBM Master Inventor, a Distinguished Alumnus of both Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and Ohio State University, and a recipient of the IEEE Wallace McDowell Award and the IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Systems Award.
Grant SaviersGrant Saviers was with Digital Equipment Corporation from 1968 to 1992.  As VP Storage Systems he grew the business from $3M to $4B+ and was responsible for all disk, tape (inventing DLT), memory, subsystem, and clustering products.  DEC at one time was the largest purchaser of large disk drives. In 1990 he became VP PC Systems and Peripherals.

He joined Adaptec as a COO/President in 1992, becoming CEO in 1995 and chairman in 1997. Subsequent to retiring from Adaptec in 1998, he was a private investor/founder in several storage startups and served on the board of Analog Devices for 17 years.  He is now retired.   He earned his B.S. and M.S. in engineering (computing) from Case Tech/CaseWestern Reserve University.

Tom GardnerTom Gardner the moderator, is a member of the SV Technology History Committee and a long time participant in Silicon Valley’s storage industries starting with the interface between Memorex disk drives and DEC Systems that became the first OEM industry standard.  He testified on interface issues for the people in the US v. IBM anti-trust case.  At Shugart he was responsible for its SASI/SCSI product line and later at Auspex was an early participant in iSCSI.  He has an MS in Control Theory from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), an MS in Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business and is either retired or unemployed.

Apr 20 – Hubble Telescope Spacecraft

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
1:30 – 3:00 PM PDT


URL’s for Zoom Webinar or YouTube Live Stream
will be emailed to registered attendees
24 hours and 2 hours before the event and at the time of the event.


Co-sponsored by IEEE SCV Life Members Affinity Group


The Hubble Space Telescope was the first of NASA’s great observatories in space. It was launched in 1990 and has provided an unbelievable amount of scientific data for over 30 years. This presentation will focus on the Lockheed portion of the Hubble through launch. Because the key to mission success is the ability to point and hold the telescope steady for long observations we will emphasize the design portion on the pointing control system. Some of the visual results from the Hubble will be displayed.

In 1977, Lockheed Space Systems in Sunnyvale was chosen to build the basic spacecraft that included the structure and mechanisms, the thermal control, pointing control system, communications, command and telemetry systems and electric power other than the solar arrays.  Other contractors provided the Optical Telescope, the 5 scientific instruments, and the solar arrays. In addition, Lockheed was responsible for all the system level assembly and test, including thermal vacuum chamber testing, and later launch base processing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Lockheed was also responsible for ensuring compatibility with the ground control at Goddard, the Space Shuttle interface and Astronauts at Johnson. A lot of people in Silicon Valley contributed and can feel proud of the results of their efforts; three of them will share their experiences in this webinar.


Jim Carlock, a 32 year employee of the Lockheed, started his career in 1967 as a guidance and controls engineer on the Agena and other Lockheed programs. From 1987 to 1991 Jim was program manager for the Hubble.  Subsequently he was program manager for Ikonos commercial imager, and the Lockheed portion of the International Space station.  He retired in 1999.  He received his BSEE from Tennessee Tech in 1967 and his MSEE from Stanford in 1969.




Cliff Gardner joined Lockheed in 1962 working first on the Agena and then the Hexagon programs.  From 1977 until 1990 he was involved with HST system test planning and execution from its beginning through to managing Systems Assembly and Test in Silicon Valley.  He then went to the Cape, where he directed the processing of the HST from verifying that it survived the shipping environment, to launch. He was one of the last three people to see the HST before launch. He was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal for his work on the HST.   He retired from Lockheed in 1997.  Cliff has a BS in Aeronautical Engineering and a BA in Industrial Management from the University of Colorado.


Hugh Dougherty joined Lockheed in 1966 having previously taught control systems at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He was a technical consultant and control systems manager on the Hubble for which he received a number of awards including the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Laurels Award for HST Team Achievement in 2004 as one of the 25 persons world-wide that were key to the development of Hubble Space Telescope.  He retired from Lockheed in 2003. Hugh holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology.


Tom Gardner, the moderator, is a member of the SV Technology History Committee and a long time participant in Silicon Valley’s storage industries.  He has an MS in Control Theory from RPI, an MS in Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business and is either retired or unemployed.