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The Data Storage Systems Center

2018 DSSC West Coast Review

Starts at: March 13, 2018 8:00 AM


Day 1: DSSC HDD Review Day 2: DSSC Non-Volatile Memory Workshop
March 13, 2018
8:00AM - 2:15PM 
March 14, 2018
8:00AM - 5:00PM

The DSSC West Coast Technical Review at Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley, held once a year, is an opportunity for center members, invited guests, and DSSC personnel to be brought up-to-date on current DSSC research progress through oral presentations and poster sessions that highlight the center's project areas.

Address: NASA Ames Research Park Bldg. 23, Moffet Field, CA 94035


Online registration is now available.

Day 1: DSSC HDD Review

During Day 1, DSSC will present recent progress on our HDD research featuring HAMR media, heads and systems. The format of these presentations will be our standard one, with talks and opportunities for discussions over posters. Work on Non-volatile Memory Systems will be presented on Day 2 as part of the DSSC workshop on NVM (see below).


Tuesday, March 13
All sessions will be held at Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley Campus

Continental Breakfast


State of the DSSC
Jimmy Zhu


HAMR Strategy at DSSC
James Bain


Microstructure analysis on size distribution during film growth in HAMR media
Bing Zhou


HAMR Media with Exchange Coupled Soft FM Shell
Yuwei Qin


Break and Posters


Microstructural investigation of FePt grain growth on MgO and MgO-C underlayer
Varaprasad Bollapragada


Understanding Transition Jitter and Saturation
Yuwei Qin

11:40-12:00 Measurement of Damping Constant for Recording Media
Zhengkun Dai
12:00-1:00 Lunch and Posters
1:00-1:20 Towards Simpler and More Efficient NFT Designs
Cheng-Ming Chow
1:20-1:40 Experimental Study of Coupling NFT’s to High Q Dielectric Resonators
Joe Liang
1:40-2:00 Thermal transport measurements of a gap structure
Minyoung Jeong
2:00-2:15 Wrap Up

Day 2: DSSC Workshop in Non-Volatile Memory Systems

Workshop Motivation and Goals:

Over the last 30 years, the Data Storage Systems Center at Carnegie Mellon has worked closely with industry on cutting edge research to advance HDD technology (as well as the tape and optical disk). This close working relationship allowed DSSC to work on relevant technical problems, to develop innovative solutions to industry challenges, and to produce well-trained students. As the non-volatile memory (NVM) industry continues to grow, DSSC seeks to build on our existing research program in NVM following the same model. The goal of this workshop is to identify the path to enhancing DSSC’s relationship with the NVM industry, such that we are producing the students and the technological innovations that are of the highest impact.

Workshop Structure:

The daylong workshop will include the following parts:

1)   Technical presentations from DSSC researchers on the NVM activities at DSSC

2)   Short presentations from invited industry guests on what the NVM industry needs from academia

3)   Review of some highlights of the HDD industry interaction with DSSC

4)   Discussion between CMU researchers and industry visitors about enhancing interaction with the NVM industry


Wednesday, March 14
All sessions will be held at Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley Campus

Continental Breakfast


Introduction to the Workshop and DSSC's Solid State Memory Program
Jimmy Zhu and James Bain


Antiferromagnetic MRAM for dramatic switching speed improvement
Jimmy Zhu


Tailoring the current driven domain wall motion by engineering two heavy metal underlayers
Yang Liu


Vertical Magnetic Shift Register
Jimmy Zhu


Break and Poster Session


Phase change dynamics and scaling
Marek Skowronski


Visualizing Volatile and Non-Volatile Filament in Resistive-Switching
Yuanzhi Ma 


HfTaOx Threshold Switches For Selector Application
Darshil Gala 


Assessing How NVM Memory Structure Affects Computing Performance
Saugata Ghose 


Lunch and Poster Session


Recent Progress on STT-MRAM and Industry Academia Collaboration
Daniel Worledge, IBM Research


Recent Progress on STT-MRAM and Industry Academia Collaboration
Yiming Huai, Avalanche Technologies


Recent Progress on STT-MRAM and Industry Academia Collaboration
Luc Thomas, Headway Technology/TDK


Discussion on Academia/Industrial Collaboration, All