Bigstream Adds Computer Architecture Specialist John Davis to its Leadership Team

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Acceleration visionary  joins Bigstream as Chief Product Officerhs_back_000

June 15, 2017

Bigstream welcomes microarchitecture expert and acceleration visionary John Davis to the team as our Chief Product Officer. John has been our most valuable advisor in helping us successfully deliver the first hyper-acceleration platform to the cloud. Prior to joining us, John was part of the founding team for the FlashBlade product at Pure Storage, where he built and led the hardware group from concept to GA design. He has also done research and systems design at Sun Microsystems and Microsoft Research.

John has published over 30 refereed conference and journal papers in Computer Architecture, Systems, and Bioinformatics. He also holds over 30 issued or pending patents (see below).

Commenting on the John’s arrival, Bigstream CEO Maysam Lavasani said:

“We are very happy to welcome John Davis to Bigstream. John brings incredible energy and clarity of thought to everything he does. As an advisor, John has already contributed greatly to our product vision and company direction. As a full time part of our team, I expect his impact will be far greater”

As a further introduction to John, we sat down for an interview recently and this is what he had to say.

 

Interview

Describe your role at Bigstream  

My main role is to help define the product by translating what customers need into products and related features, the Bigstream acceleration ecosystem.

How does Bigstream fit in the overall big data, machine learning and AI space?

The large cloud companies have demonstrated a way to exert extreme effort to accelerate their critical big data, ML and AI applications.  More and more small and medium size companies are being built on these fundamental algorithm, but without the performance advantages. Any company that wants to use these applications or frameworks can accelerate them with Bigstream’s technology, instantly and easily!

Who in the IT, development and business communities has the most to gain from Bigstream Hyper-acceleration?

All three benefit, IT becomes simpler and more efficient, developers can use high-level frameworks to increase productivity and Bigstream dramatically improves performance, and business becomes more agile by reducing time to intelligence as well as, creating more intelligence than could be done before.

As Chief Product Officer, how will you measure the success of the product and the company?

There are many ways to recognize success: enabling customer products that were not possible before, time saved in transforming data into intelligence, and making acceleration table stakes for business success. Acceleration is generating new opportunities to create data products and insights that were not possible before. This enables our customers to react faster in an agile global business environment.  This creates efficiency through acceleration by saving time, reducing energy and the physical footprint of the digital world. First to knowledge will be the differentiator between business success and failure. When customers cannot be competitive without our product, we know we are doing the right thing.

List of John Davis Patents

  • US Patent 7,290,116 : Level 2 Cache Index Hashing to Avoid Hot Spots, Greg F. Grohoski, Manish
    Shah, John D. Davis, Ashley Saulsbury, Cong Fu, Venkatesh Iyengar, Jenn-Yuan Tsai, and Jeff Gibson,
    October 2007
  • US Patent 7,444,499: Method and System for Trace Generation Using Memory Index Hashing, John D.
    Davis and Cong Fu, October 2008
  • US Patent 7,598,766: Customized Silicon Chips Produced Using Dynamically Configurable
    Polymorphic Network, Martha Mercaldi-Kim, Mark Oskin, John D. Davis, Todd Austin and Mojtaba
    Mehrara, October 2009
  • US Patent 8,037,437: Optimizing Systems-on-a-Chip Using the Dynamic Critical Path, John D. Davis,
    Mihai Budiu and Hari Kanna, October 2010
  • US Patent 8,103,847: Storage Virtual Containers, John D. Davis, and Vijayan Prabhakaran, Jan. 2012
    US Patent 8,131,660: Reconfigurable Hardware Accelerator for Boolean Satisfiability Solver, John
    Davis, Zhangxi Tan, Fang Yu, Lintao Zhang, March 2012
  • US Patent 8,688,954: Remapping of Inoperable Memory Blocks Using Pointers, John D. Davis, August
    2011
  • US Patent 8,868,825: Nonrepeating Identifiers in an Address Space of a Non-Volatile Solid-State
    Storage, John Hayes, Shantanu Gupta, John Davis, Brian Gold, Zhangxi Tan, July 2014
  • US Patent 8,874,835 B1:Data Placement Based on Data Properties in a Tiered Storage Device System,
    John Davis, Ethan Miller, Brian Gold, John Colgrove, Peter Vajgel, John Hayes, Alex Ho, Jan. 2014
  • US Patent 8,874,836 B1: Scheduling Policy for Queues in a Non-Volatile Solid-State Storage, John
    Hayes, Shantanu Gupta, John Davis, Brian Gold, Zhangxi Tan, July 2014
  • US Patent 8,904,209: Estimating and Managing Power Consumption of Computing Devices Using Power
    Models, John D. Davis, Moises Goldszmidt, and Suzanne M. Rivoire, November 2011
  • US Patent 8,972,649: Writing Memory Blocks Using Codewords, John D. Davis, Parikshit Gopalan,
    Mark Manasse, Karin Strauss, and Sergey Yekhanin, September 2012
  • US Patent 9,003,144 B1: Mechanism for Persisting Messages in a Storage System, John Hayes, Igor
    Ostrovsky, Robert Lee, Shantanu Gupta, Rusty Sears, John Davis, Brian Gold, June 2014
  • US Patent 9,082,512 B1: Die-Level Monitoring in a Storage Cluster, John D. Davis, John Hayes,
    Zhangxi Tan, Hari Kannan, Nenad Miladinovic, August 2014
  • US Patent 9,110,789 B1: Nonrepeating Identifiers in an Address Space of a Non-Volatile Solid-State
    Storage, John Hayes, Shantanu Gupta, John Davis, Brian Gold, Zhangxi Tan, October 2014
  • US Patent 9,201,600 B1: Storage Cluster, John Hayes, John Colgrove, John D. Davis, Jan. 2015
  • US Patent 9,213,485 B1: Storage System Architecture, John Hayes, John Colgrove, John D. Davis, Feb.
    2015
  • US Patent 9,357,010 B1: Storage System Architecture, John Hayes, John Colgrove, John D. Davis, Feb.
    2015
  • US Patent 9,367,243 B1: Saclable Non-Uniform Storage Sizes, John Hayes, John Colgrove, Robert Lee,
    Joshua Robinson, Peter Valgel, John Davis, Par Botes, June 2104
  • US Patent 9,437,943 B1:Stacked Symmetric Printed Circuit Boards, John D. Davis, March 2015
  • US Patent 9,477,554 B2: Mechanism for Persisting Messages in a Storage System, John Hayes, Igor
    Ostrovsky, Robert Lee, Shantanu Gupta, Rusty Sears, John Davis, Brian Gold, Dec 2015
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