Michael Usher, Computer Engineering, University of California Santa Cruz
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In my professional career I have focused on network infrastructure and data cetner systems.
In particular I worked on improving technology adoption by a combination of better product design through customer listening,
better customer and partner education through carefully planned knowledge transfer,
and technology crisis management response whether for individual situations or for product-wide recall programs.
Now that I am returning to study, I am interested in the confluence of networking, storage, security and identity management.
Storage systems should scale from the micro-scale for low budgets and small businesses needing simple auto-configuration and troubleshooting,
right up to exa-scale and beyond for highly aggregated cloud-type datacenters or HPC clusters which need better scaling for performance and reliability.
I want to explore whether new models of object and file store can deliver through the full spectrum of needs.
- Partridge, Matthew G; Jabri, Marwan A and Usher, Michael A.,
Segmenting Characters Using a Convolutional Multilayer Perceptron,
International Symposium on Information Theory and Its Applications (1994 : Sydney, N.S.W.).
ISITA '94: International Symposium on Information Theory & Its Applications 1994; Proceedings. Barton, ACT: Institution of Engineers, Australia, 1994: 823-828. National conference publication (Institution of Engineers, Australia) ; no. 94/9. ISBN: 0858256061.
Recent Papers of Interest
- Sinjoni Mukhopadhyay, Joel Frank, Daniel Bittman, Darrell D. E. Long, Ethan L. Miller,
Efficient Reconstruction Techniques for Disaster Recovery in Secret-Split Datastores,
Proceedings of the 26th IEEE International Symposium on the Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems (MASCOTS 2018), September 2018. [Archival Storage] [Secure File and Storage Systems]
- Daniel Bittman, Matt Bryson, Yuanjiang Ni, Arjun Govindjee, Isaak Cherdak, Pankaj Mehra, Darrell D. E. Long, Ethan L. Miller,
Twizzler: An Operating System for Next-Generation Memory Hierarchies,
Technical Report UCSC-SSRC-17-01, December 2017. [Operating Systems Support for NVM] [Storage Class Memories]
I moved to California in 1999 working for Cisco Systems just before the tech bubble burst.
It is a testament to the culture and climate of Silicon Valley that I am still here almost twenty years later.
I live in Santa Cruz with my three beautiful, challenging and engaging daughters.
When I'm not working, studying or parenting, I love to take the time to appreciate my environment by hiking, cycling (pedal and engine) or on the water.
I am an Extra-class amateur radio operator although I rarely have time on the air these days (AG6MK).