Sandia National Laboratories engineer to talk on data management

Published: Feb 2, 2012 10:00:00 AM
Media Contact: Morgan Stashick, stashml@auburn.edu , 334-844-3591

Jay Lofstead of Sandia National Laboratories will present “Exascale Science Simulations and the Impending Data Apocalypse” on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. in 3129 Shelby Center.  Lofstead will discuss the challenges new hardware platforms face in transferring data between storage devices due to the tightening of available IO bandwidth. The talk is hosted by Weikuan Yu, faculty member in Auburn University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.

To make transfers successful between platforms, data management techniques must be enacted to avoid storage as much as possible. Lofstead will discuss methods such as staging areas, online workflows, “in flight” data processing and asynchronous data movement.  

Lofstead has experience building graphical programming tools for industrial controls. He currently works in the scalable system software group at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., working on HPC-related data issues, including IO and scientific data management.