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DNA Data Storage Alliance Announces Board Appointments

Storage Veteran Appointment Brings Diverse Technical Expertise to Help With Implementation of Industry Standards for DNA Data Storage

San Diego, March 29, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DNA Data Storage Alliance, an SNIA Technology Affiliate, Formed in 2020 by Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Twist Bioscience Corporation (NASDAQ: TWST), and Western. Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced the appointments of Catalog Technologies and Quantum Corporation to the Governing Board of the Alliance, to build and promote an interoperable storage ecosystem based on DNA as a data storage medium. David Turek will represent Catalog and Don Donner and Turgi Gokar will represent Quantum. All three new board members bring to the Alliance extensive storage expertise and experience launching new technologies.

“SNIA welcomes the expansion of the DNA Data Storage Alliance Board with Quantum and Catalog. We are excited to see the Alliance expand its membership and continue to support the evolution of this important technology,” Dr. Jay Metz, Said the Chairman, SNIA Board of Directors. “With their talents and experience, David, Turgue, and Don will be excellent additions to the board. They will help guide this nascent industry through the next phase, address inevitable challenges, and ultimately create a broad global base for these innovative technologies.” Will reach consumer base.”

“At this critical moment in the evolution of DNA data storage, when the fundamentals of DNA synthesis and sequencing have advanced to the point where the storage of digital data in DNA molecules is technically feasible, an industry is coming together and implementing It is important to have “standards that drive the entire sector to scale to commercially deployable systems,” said David Turek, CTO of CATALOG Technologies. “I look forward to helping guide the Alliance toward this goal. I look forward to working with my fellow Board members to make this happen.”

Turgi Göker, Director of Advanced Development, Linear-Tape Open (LTO) at Quantum Corporation, said, “Bringing together diverse experience in storage media and technologies is critical to ensuring that DNA data storage moves toward standardized interoperability and eventually being widely adopted by customers.” “SNIA and the DNA Data Storage Alliance are already working hard to make this goal a reality.”

“DNA data storage is poised to be a game-changer in data storage, providing the ability to efficiently store large amounts of data over long periods of time,” said Don Dorner, Technical Director, Office of the CTO at Quantum Corporation. ” “As an industry, we must embrace this potential, and I look forward to playing my part in helping usher in this new era for the storage sector.”

David Turek joins CATALOG from IBM where he held several executive positions in high-performance computing and emerging technologies. Accomplishments include: serving as development executive for the IBM SP program, which produced the first commercially successful, massively parallel system; starting IBM’s Linux cluster business; and launching an initial offering in cloud computing called Deep Computing Capacity on Demand; building the Roadrunner System, the world’s first petascale computer; and management of IBM’s exascale strategy, which led to the deployment of Summit and Sierra systems at Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, respectively. He has been invited to testify to Congress on several occasions about the future of computing in the United States and has helped establish technical collaborations with universities, businesses and government agencies around the world.

Turguy Goker represents Quantum with the LTO organizations and leads the advanced development team focused on LTO technology. He is a servo signal processing technology expert with over 30 years of experience in researching and designing tape drives, especially LTO. Turguy has been one of the major contributors to research on low flying heads for HDD systems and was a key member of a small R&D team that HP Inc. and was responsible for the original LTO project, together with IBM, which helped form today’s LTO organization and tape technology. Early on at LTO, Turguy helped design and develop the reel-to-reel motion control system and actuator tracking servo algorithms. Later in his career, he managed the LTO advanced development team for Quantum. He is responsible for developing next-generation data detection methods and electronic control concepts (ECC), including application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) implementations and high-performance dual actuator-based adaptive servo control algorithms for multi-channel tape systems . Turguy has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from San Diego State University.

Don Donner joined Quantum in 2006 and is currently in the Office of the CTO, responsible for the technology strategy, vision and leadership of Quantum products. He is well versed in storage and networking technology and has served in both engineering and product management roles at Quantum. His previous projects include designing and implementing campus-area networks, automated tape storage libraries, error recovery algorithms for advanced tape storage devices, and non-volatile Memory Express (NVMe)-based storage systems. He has pioneered proof-of-concepts involving storage technology such as object-based file systems, eraser coding and redundant arrays of inexpensive disks (RAID). Don has a master’s degree in mathematics and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of New Mexico.

About the DNA Data Storage Alliance

The DNA Data Storage Alliance was formed in October 2020 by Illumina, Microsoft, Twist Bioscience and Western Digital. Its mission is to create and promote an interoperable storage ecosystem based on DNA built as a data storage medium. The alliance is achieving its mission by: 1) educating the storage ecosystem and the public on this emerging technology; 2) identify key technical challenges in underlying technologies to drive funding and research that will facilitate commercialization; and 3) developing standards and specifications (eg, encoding, physical interfaces, retention, file systems) that enable the emergence of an interoperable DNA data storage product ecosystem. Please follow DNA Data Storage Alliance Twitter and LinkedIn.

In 2022 the Alliance joins SNIA as a Technology Partner. SNIA’s heritage as a standard-setting organization, combined with the Alliance’s depth of knowledge in both storage and DNA technologies, provides a solid organizational foundation for achieving our goals.

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