Samsung Tech Day 2021: Academia

In this short episode of the Futurum Tech Webcast, I talk with Jim Elliott, Corporate SVP of Memory Sales for Samsung about the colleges and universities who will be participating in Samsung Tech Day 2021 on November 15, 2021 and some of the subject matter they will be covering.

The conversation highlighted:

  • The schools who are participating in Tech Day including MIT, UCLA, Carnegie Mellon and UC Santa Cruz
  • MIT’s session on flash and storage accelerators
  • UC Santa Cruz’s session on leading edge genomics research
  • UCLA’s session on utilizing in-storage SSV’s
  • Carnegie Mellon’s session on programmable logic and the future of data centers

There is lots to come during Samsung Tech Day 2021 and it’s sure to be a great event. If you are interested in attending, register here.

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Daniel Newman: Something that a lot of people don’t know about me is, I’ve been a university and college professor. I’ve lectured at many schools, did that after grad school. Always enjoyed it very much. Growing the business didn’t a lot of ton of time. But one of the things that excited me, Jim, when I looked at your no-event agenda was bringing on these universities. My experience is universities put the technology to the test, oftentimes in ways that enterprises aren’t going to be able to do for many years.

Because they’re okay to break things and their timetables are very different than enterprises. And so I really like the fact that you chose to dedicate some space and some time, no limits. Professors and students that are all about exploration. Talk a little bit about how you see the academic world really driving forward your industry.

Jim Elliott: Yeah. I know what you’ve mentioned is absolutely true. And really, if you think about it, the only limits are when the questions stop being asked in the academic world. Like how do we continue to push those boundaries. Right. As an industry and especially within academia. And so tie it back to specifically to memory and storage. The professors being showcased at this event are pushing the envelope when it comes to applying these massive datasets to solve real-world problems. And from along those lines, you’re going to hear from MIT about using flash and storage accelerators. From UC Santa Cruz on leading-edge genomics research, obviously a very hot topic nowadays.

UCLA is going to focus on how they’re researching in storage, acceleration, utilizing smart SSDs. And then Carnegie Mellon on programmable logic in the future of data centers. And so if you think about all of these are going to be great examples within the academic world. They’re working to find answers on how to manage and access these enormous datasets in real-time as possible. Right. And all these professors were at the forefront of really understanding how AI and machine learning are going to positively impact society. Not just now, but then also in the future. So again, I can’t wait for everybody to check it out and I’m really excited to have this new track this year.

Daniel Newman: Absolutely. And Jim, what a roster, by the way, you didn’t just bring a handful of universities and colleges. You brought some of the most respected steamed names that aren’t only known throughout the U.S but around the world. And so what I can promise you is this as well. Your virtual event has created an opportunity for people to sort of choose their own adventure. And if you listen-

Jim Elliott: Yeah.

Daniel Newman: To our podcast, you might’ve heard us even talk about that. But you can be sure that I will be tuning in to hear from these leaders in academia. Because like I said, I always loved the way they push all the buttons and they really try to work these technologies until the wheels fall off. So looking forward to hearing how they’re using your technology at Samsung to drive some of their most innovative and explorative projects.

Jim Elliott: Yeah. We’re super excited about it too. And this is something that we haven’t done in the past. And I think this is what this Virtual Tech Day is allowing this kind of flexibility to really expand our reach and go into new areas. So we’re super excited about it.

Daniel Newman: Click that registration button and show up. Can’t wait to… Hopefully see you there. Virtually Samsung Tech Day 2021.

Author Information

Daniel is the CEO of The Futurum Group. Living his life at the intersection of people and technology, Daniel works with the world’s largest technology brands exploring Digital Transformation and how it is influencing the enterprise.

From the leading edge of AI to global technology policy, Daniel makes the connections between business, people and tech that are required for companies to benefit most from their technology investments. Daniel is a top 5 globally ranked industry analyst and his ideas are regularly cited or shared in television appearances by CNBC, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal and hundreds of other sites around the world.

A 7x Best-Selling Author including his most recent book “Human/Machine.” Daniel is also a Forbes and MarketWatch (Dow Jones) contributor.

An MBA and Former Graduate Adjunct Faculty, Daniel is an Austin Texas transplant after 40 years in Chicago. His speaking takes him around the world each year as he shares his vision of the role technology will play in our future.


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