Recent years, storage
systems are evolving rapidly, with many fundamental shifts. Disk-based networked
storage arrays are embracing hybrid and tiered models. Data compression and
data deduplication are becoming standard features for inline storage. Flash-based
to change the storage landscape and new memory storage technologies are poised
to disrupt the storage stack even further. Virtualization and multi-core
hardware continue to place increasing demands on storage systems. Cloud storage
is also demanding low-cost, highly-scalable and high-performance
storage. Finally, "Big Data", data analytics, distributed key-value stores (such
as NoSQL), and the proliferation of storage devices in consumer electronics all
offer exciting opportunities and challenges that we want to explore further.
Overall, our objective is to design and develop advanced storage systems with
high performance, reliability, availability and energy efficiency!