Charles Fan (MemVerge)
Software-defined Memory Service Combining Persistent Memory and DRAM
While persistent memory has higher density and lower cost than DRAM, it is also slower than DRAM. The byte-addressable persistence can not be fully exploited without application change. These are a few of the problems for applications to adopt persistent memory. MemVerge developed a software called Memory Machine that manages DRAM and Persistent Memory together, and make them available to applications as software. This software-defined memory paradigm makes it possible to deliver memory service that is big, low cost and performant. MemVerge also developed an in-memory snapshot capability that takes advantage of persistence characteristics of the persistent memory to protect the data.
Charles Fan is co-founder and CEO of MemVerge, an early-stage startup building Memory-Converged Infrastructure software on top of the new persistent memory technologies. Prior to MemVerge, Charles was a SVP/GM at VMware, responsible for VMware’s storage business unit and the big data group. He led the teams that created industry-transforming products including Virtual SAN. Charles received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union.