OCP Webinar: Enabling Software Defined Memory Real World Use Cases with CXL


Covers Software Defined Memory Innovations and Use Cases such as AI & ML with CXL from OCP, Samsung, Meta and Intel, and analyst firm Omdia

About this event


Data intensive applications like AI, ML, databases, etc. are pushing the boundaries of today’s server performance. A novel deployment of software and memory can greatly affect the latency, throughput, performance of these data intensive applications. Software defined memory (SDM) provides the abstraction that allows these memory technologies to be deployed in the most effective manner. This webinar will showcase the OCP Software Defined Memory project and the CXL expansion use case.

Presenters (learn more below):

  • Cliff Grossner (Moderator): OCP
  • Dennis Hahn (Analyst): Omdia
  • Rekha Pitchumani (Panelist): Samsung
  • Manoj Wadekar (Panelist): Meta
  • Anjaneya Chagam (Panelist): Intel


Data intensive applications like AI, ML, databases etc. are pushing the boundaries of today’s server performance. The industry is currently developing diverse new and evolving memory technologies, interconnects & hierarchies, which will provide better memory capacity, latency, throughput, sharing, and scalability for data intensive applications. These hardware innovations merged with appropriate usage will provide better performance and optimum resource utilization of the underlying physical memories. This webinar will discuss how the OCP SDM future technologies group is working on CXL memory expansion use cases as a first step towards releasing new value for memory in data-intensive processing.

During the webinar, you’ll learn:

  • An understanding of current memory limitations and how next-generation SDM solutions can overcome those concerns
  • How the merging of software and memory innovations allow architects to rethink how memory is used
  • Understanding of the OCP SDM group’s progress on use case investigations
  • The state of CXL through a demonstration walkthrough for memory expansion
  • What the OCP SDM group’s planned role and roadmap is in furthering and emerging memory technology usage

Who should attend?

Server and Storage Architects, Data Center Equipment Vendors, Data Architects and Engineers, Enterprise Infrastructure planners, Cloud infrastructures providing data services, IT buyers and Decision Makers, and Enterprise CIO and CTO

Meet the speakers!

Cliff Grossner, VP Market Research at OCP

At the Open Compute Project Foundation, Dr. Grossner leads its market intelligence function and is responsible for driving awareness of OCP, training and certification programs, and guiding inventors presenting their early-stage company ideas to potential investors. Dr. Grossner has more than 25 years of telecommunications industry experience encompassing scientific research, market analysis, corporate and product strategy, product management and marketing. His current interests includeIT Ecosystems from cloud to the edge looking at the equipment [servers, IT networking and storage] and software, and physical infrastructure [power and cooling] needed for computation, with a focus on edge computing, silicon components included in IT equipment including coprocessors for AI and ML. Previously, Dr. Grossner was head of the Cloud and Data Center Research Practice, which he launched at Infonetics research and followed through transitions to IHS, IHS Markit and Informa Group. Prior to Infonetics, he held senior positions, including heading strategic marketing for Alcatel-Lucent's enterprise network business, tenures at Bell Labs, several startups and Nortel. He earned his Ph.D. at McGill University, and his Master of Science in Computer Science at Concordia University, winning national scholarships to support his graduate work. He holds more than 10 patents in computer networking, networking embedded security and telecommunications applications.

Dennis Hahn, Principal Analyst at Omdia

Dennis Hahn is a Principal Analyst and subject matter expert for data center storage and data management, working for OMDIA an Informa Tech company leading data center storage research. Dennis also helped launch the OCP Software defined storage (SDM) effort and moderated the Future Technologies Initiative SDM panel at the 2021 Global Summit. He has more than 35 years of experience in engineering and business leader roles at LSI and NetApp. Dennis holds engineering, MBA degrees and certifications in AWS cloud solution architectures and Agile development practices, and is a contributor to media, and has authored numerous data center storage insights and research.

Rekha Pitchumani, Sr. Research Manager in the Systems Technology Group, Memory Solutions Lab at Samsung

Her work at Samsung focuses on the systems design and device architecture of next-generation memory devices and NAND flash SSDs, such as CXL memory/storage devices, Key Value SSDs and Computational Storage. Her prior work was on key-value data management for Shingled Magnetic Recording disks and she holds a doctoral degree of Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Manoj Wadekar, Hardware Systems Technologist at Meta

Manoj Wadekar is a Hardware Systems Technologist driving storage technology and roadmaps at Facebook. Manoj has been designing and building servers, storage, and network solutions for over 30 years. He has worked on a wide variety of architectures, including scale-up, scale-out, enterprise and hyper-scale. Manoj has evangelized Storage Disaggregation, NVMe over Fabric, Lossless Ethernet (DCB/CEE) in the industry conferences (OCP, Ethernet. Before joining Facebook, he held engineering positions at eBay, QLogic and Intel.

Anjaneya Chagam, Senior Principal Engineer at Intel

Anjaneya “Reddy” Chagam is a Senior Principal Engineer in Intel’s Data Center Platform Group. Reddy is responsible for driving server platform, storage and firmware architecture for cloud segment. Reddy has 20+ years of software development, platform architecture and systems engineering expertise. He is a board member in Ceph and SODA Linux Foundation projects. He was instrumental in initiating and gaining consensus among storage vendors to launch SODA (former name OpenSDS) Linux Foundation project. Delivered industry first OCP OSF Xeon server firmware solution for Tioga Pass (Skylake) and Delta Lake (Cooper Lake) OCP Platforms.


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Date & Time

May 18, 2022, 10 a.m. - May 18, 2022, 11 a.m.



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