Invited Track Speaker
Alan Poston, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Lloyd (Alan) Poston has been involved with HPC storage for nearly 35 years starting with a college internship to write Cray-1 Cray Station code and later writing the entire I/O front end code for the Denelcor HEP parallel processor ( the first SuperComputer to run Unix ). A ten-year career at NASA Ames followed where he was the Project Lead for NAStor, a hierarchical storage management system. While at NASA Lloyd implemented the first RAID-5 storage array in the world after funding the Berkeley RAID efforts. He was also instrumental in funding GFS (later Sistina), one of the first parallel file systems. More recently he was Chief Architect for ClusterStor, the Xyratex / Seagate / Cray appliance like implementation of the Lustre File System. He recently finished a project at HPE for shared third party NVME shared storage (similar to but distinct from Fabric NVMe) for their Tier-Zero storage solution.