Minutes of SMR Study Group on May 10, 2013

Gerry Houlder gerry.houlder at seagate.com
Wed May 15 13:28:38 PDT 2013

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An SMR study group meeting started at 9:00 am on May 10. 2013, in
conjunction with other T10 meetings held during that week. NVidia was the
host for these meetings in Bellevue, WA.
22 Attendees:
Mr. Curtis Ballard   Hewlett-Packard Company	      curtis.ballard at hp.com
Mr. Rob Elliott      Hewlett-Packard Company	      Elliott at hp.com
Mr. Dan Colegrove    HGST
daniel.colegrove at hgst.com
Dr. Jorge Campello   HGST
Jorge.Campello at hgst.com *
Mr. Brad Besmer      LSI Corporation		      brad.besmer at lsi.com
Mr. Rick Kutcipal    LSI Corporation		      rick.kutcipal at lsi.com
Mr. Calvin Chen      Microsoft Corporation	      cachen at microsoft.com
Mr. Frederick Knight NetApp
Frederick.Knight at netapp.com
Mr. Tim Emami	     NetApp
Mr. Tim Symons	     PMC-Sierra 		      Tim.Symons at pmcs.com
Mr. Gerald Houlder   Seagate Technology
gerry.houlder at seagate.com
Mr. Martin Czekalski Seagate Technology
marty.czekalski at seagate.com
Mr. Tim Feldman      Seagate Technology
timothy.r.feldman at seagate.com *
Mr. Mike Miller      Seagate Technology
mike.miller at seagate.com *
Mr. Patrick Hery     Toshiba America Electronic Comp
patrick.hery at taec.toshiba.com
Mr. Mike Fitzpatrick Toshiba America Electronic Comp
mike.fitzpatrick at taec.toshiba.com
Mr. Curtis Stevens   Western Digital Corporation      Curtis.Stevens at wdc.com
Mr. Ralph Weber      Western Digital Corporation      roweber at ieee.org
Mr. James Borden     Western Digital Corporation      james.borden at wd.com *
Mr. Albert Chen      Western Digital Corporation
Mr. Jim Malina	     Western Digital Corporation      jim.malina at wdc.com  *
Mr. Alan Westbury    Xyratex
alan_westbury at xyratex.com
Gerry Houlder opened the meeting, showing the agenda and discussion of
goals for the SMR study group. The agenda and SMR goals presented are shown
in T10 document 13-142r0->
Jorge Campello presented an introduction to SMR technology. His
presentation is shown in T10 document 13-148r0 ->
Tim Feldman presented his ideas for Cooperatvely managed SMR. His
presentation is shown in T10 document 13-143r0 ->
Jorge's and Tim's presentions were well received by the group, with most of
the attendees participating in discussion during the presentations. Some
key points in the discussions were:
*  SMR is a technology that is needed for disk drives to continue areal
density improvements at the accustomed rate.
*  Drive managed SMR will happen, but this can result in large variations
in drive performance instead of the relatively predictable performace that
is now provided.
*  The Cooperatively managed model can result in predictable performance
with relatively small effort by host file systems.
Another SMR study group meeting is planned for Thursday July 18, 3:15 pm to
6:00 pm MDT. The meeting will be located in Colorado Springs, in
conjunction with T10 meetings scheduled for that week. A Webex and
teleconference will be set up by Gerry Houlder so that the meeting can be
attended by folks that are not attending the T10 meetings. The Webex
details will be posted on the T10 web site and announced on the T10
reflector one month before the meeting. The meeting adjourned at 12:00 noon.

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