CTO of Western Digital
Martin Fink joined Western Digital as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in January 2017. In this role, Fink leads the company’s technology innovation agenda as Western Digital continues to transform its business and expand its capabilities and technology portfolio.Prior to joining Western Digital, Fink most recently served as Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President and Director of Hewlett Packard Labs atHewlett-Packard Enterprise Company, and served as CTO and EVP of HP, Inc, overseeing HP Labs, the company’s advanced research center. In his 30-year career at Hewlett-Packard Company and Hewlett-PackardEnterprise Company, Fink worked in a wide range of roles, including General Manager of HP Cloud and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Business Critical Systems and Converged Application Systems. He has been a board member of Hortonworks, Inc.since July 2014, and a board member of Wild Beer Co., since February 2016.Fink holds an associate’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Loyalist College and an M.B.A. from Colorado State University.
Keynote Title: Unleashing the Power of Data with RISC-V
Abstract: In November 2017, Martin Fink, CTO of Western Digital, keynoted at the RISC-V Summit in Milpitas, California. During his presentation, he noted that as Big Data applications emerge to enable autonomous driving, surveillance systems, and smart machines, they require special-purpose compute capabilities. These data-intensive workloads create opportunities for a new breed of purpose-built processors that will accelerate AI and machine learning both in the data center and at the edge of the network.
In addition, Fink will provide context about why RISC-V has the capabilities, foundation, ecosystem, and openness required for storage-centric architectures that support these applications. This presentation will discuss these trends and how Western Digital is embarking on its journey to use RISC-V to pave the pathways of data in emerging technologies like autonomous vehicles, IoT, AI, and surveillance. Specifically, Fink will highlight the progress Western Digital has made since November, delve into licensing, and highlight the open interface aspects that RISC-V presents.