In late June I participated in EMC’s second annual University Day, which deepens the collaboration between EMC and its academic partners. (See the list of universities we partner with below.)EMC established University Day to foster an open dialogue between EMC, academic researchers, and students. It provides a perfect venue for us to strengthen existing relationships, discuss potential research engagements, and recruit top students.Held in Santa Clara, California, the agenda for this event included discussions on challenging high-tech issues in next-generation data centers, including new developments in solid state storage.My part in the agenda was to present how EMC uses data analytics to manage our global university research portfolio. University research is a component of our larger innovation analytics strategy. In addition to academic research, this strategy encompasses idea contests, innovation conference engagement, paper publication, and intellectual property.The highlight of the day was the student competition, in which nine students presented their research via posters and competed for first prize. What I found remarkable about their proposals—which explains why they were chosen!—is how well they align with current industry trends.The top three winners and the relevance of their ideas follow:First place: Vasily Tarasov, Stony Brook University – Effective Block Layer Deduplication via File System and Application Hints. Customers want IT features (e.g., deduplication, backup) to be seamlessly integrated into the applications they are using. This prevents them from having to use separate tools for separate features. Having the application layer provide “hints” to a deduplication tool is a great first step in this direction.Second place: Stan Park, University of Rochester – Flash-Oriented I/O Scheduling in Software Defined Network. The phenomenon of Application Nearness means that applications are getting further and further away for the final resting place (e.g., a storage device) of their data. Complex, multi-hop networks have inserted themselves in between applications and their data, and software-defined networks are becoming an important arbitration point to guarantee performance. Adding a flash layer to the network makes a lot of sense.Third place: Wenfei Wu, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Detecting Bottleneck Middleboxes in Virtual Networks. Along similar lines, bottleneck detection within virtual networks has been an area of recent innovation at EMC (e.g., RSA Security Analytics). Wenfei’s approach provides another mechanism for getting more intelligence and optimization between application and storage.The students, faculty, and EMC employees greatly enjoyed the dialogue that all of the student projects inspired. For further information on some of this work, feel free to browse the academic research portals of the universities EMC works with:Carnegie Mellon UniversityCase Western Reserve UniversityFlorida International UniversityHarvard UniversityNortheastern UniversityPrinceton UniversityStony Brook UniversityUC IrvineUC San DiegoUC Santa CruzUniversity of MinnesotaUniversity of RochesterUniversity of UtahUniversity of Wisconsin
n Shortlisting of qualified bidders for the Taipei – Kaohsiung high speed line in Taiwan could be announced this month following close of tenders on January 15. The winner should be announced in November.n South Korea’s Ministry of Transport & Construction is planning to proceed with a 66 km high capacity rail link from Seoul to the future international airport being built on reclaimed land in Inchon harbour off the west coast. Private enterprise will be asked to fund the scheme next year.n As the merger trend continues in the USA, look for pressure to build for some form of open access following a Surface Transportation Board ruling on January 2 that railways serving utilities had the right to set their own prices and routes. Three utilities had filed against Conrail and Union Pacific in 1994, claiming that the railways had prevented them from lowering coal delivery costs by using a competitor for part of the journey.n Watch for award of a contract for up to 30 light rail cars for Dublin. Bidders in the closely fought contest include GEC Alsthom with its Citadis design and Siemens with a version of the Combino.n Belgian National Railways expects to place a contract next month for 80 Class 41 two-car DMU sets; supplier tipped to win the deal is GEC Alsthom Transporte of Spain. Other bidders include Jenbacher Werke, Siemens and Bombardier Eurorail. A contract for 240 double-deck coaches is also in the offing.n New Jersey Transit is seeking firms interested in a DBOM project for a 55 km light rail network connecting Camden with Trenton. Diesel powered vehicles are specified, and some funding will need to be arranged by the contractor. An extension between Camden and Glassboro may be included in the package.
Chevron, the US-based energy major named Steven Green as president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production, effective March 1, 2019.Green, who is currently president of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production, succeeds Jeff Shellebarger, who is retiring from Chevron after 38 years of service.He will oversee Chevron’s exploration and production activities throughout North America, including the company’s portfolio of assets in Canada, California, the Gulf of Mexico, Pennsylvania and the Mid-Continent region of the U.S. reporting to Jay Johnson, Chevron’s executive vice president, Upstream.Nigel Hearne will succeed Green as president of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production, effective March 1, 2019.He is currently managing director of Chevron Australia and head of the Australasia business unit with responsibility for the company’s upstream interests and activities in Australia and New Zealand. In his new capacity, Hearne will oversee nine countries across the Asia-Pacific region.Hearne will also report to Johnson in his new role.
Phil Mickelson has parred the first hole of his second round at the Open Championship in Royal Troon.Mickelson is 3 clear on 8 under. Patrick Reed and Martin Kaymer are tied for the second on 5 under. Rory Mc Ilroy doesn’t start his round until after 2 and he’s on 2 under while Padraig Harrington is 1 under and starts at twenty five past one.Darren Clarke starts at twenty to one on level par while Paul Dunne and Shane Lowry are out after 1 on 6 and 7 over.Graeme McDowell is 4 over after 1 hole of his second round.