Abstract: The development of multimedia information systems has put a new set of requirements on computer, networking and storage systems. In this tutorial we will specially concentrated on the required storage systems. Since video requires a large storage capacity, we will introduce several emerging storage systems including Serial Storage Architecture (SSA) and Fibre Channel - Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL). We will also talk about several industrial storage standards that are still underdevelopment. We will examine these storage systems from multimedia application's point of view. The following issues including techniques to resolve them will be covered in this tutorial: fault-tolerant, scalability, high availability, and performance.
About the Speaker: David H.C. Du is US WEST Chair Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Minnesota. Expertise includes: research in multimedia computing and storage systems, highspeed networking, high-performance computing over clusters of workstations, database design, and CAD for VLSI circuits. He has authored and co-authored over 130 technical papers including 70 referred journal publications in his research areas. He has graduated 33 Ph.D. students in the last 15 years. His research in multimedia computing and storage systems include video-on demand server architecture, video and audio synchronization techniques, multimedia storage systems and multimedia authoring tools. His research in CAD area includes physical layout, timing verification and delay fault test for highspeed circuits. His research in highspeed networking include heterogeneous high-performance computing over high- speed networks, quality of services over ATM networks, communication configuration management, and high-performance computing over a cluster of workstations and PCs.
Dr. Du is an IEEE Fellow and was an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers from 1993 to 1997. He has also servered as Conference Chair and Program Committee Chair to several conferences in multimedia and database areas. Dr. Du is currently on leave and working for a company called IXMICRO located in San Jose, California. He is serving as General Manager of the Network Systems Division and in charge of several development projects including ATM switch, ADSL remote access router, Fast Ethernet switch, multimedia server and multimedia applications. He has had research grants from National Science Foundation, and companies like 3M, NCR Comten, Control Data, Northern Telecom, and Unysis, IBM, Seagate Technology, US WEST, Honeywell and etc. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (1981) from University of Washington (Seattle), an M.S. in Computer Science (1980) from University of Washington and a B.S. in Mathematics from National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan.