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Huawei Challenges Global Scientists on World-Level Data Storage Problems with OlympusMons Award 2021

 At the 2020 Global Storage Professors Forum, Huawei announced the OlympusMons Award 2021 and invited global scientists to tackle the two most difficult problems in data storage. Over one hundred storage experts from Huawei, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and top universities and research institutes home and abroad witnessed the announcement.

William Xu

Innovative Data Storage Paves the Way to a Digital Future

William Xu, member of Huawei's Board of Directors and director of Huawei's Institute of Strategic Research, opened the forum with a speech titled "Mounting the Olympus Mons and Tackling Data Challenges." He said, "Innovation is in Huawei's blood. We strive to excel, to lead, to innovate, and to put in life scientists' research outcomes. By working to overcome prominent challenges and commercialize scientific achievements, Huawei and researchers learn from each other and grow together." At the Annual Conference on Applied Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Science held in Changsha in this August, Huawei announced the "Ten Mathematics Challenges in the Post-Shannon Era", two of which pertain to data storage: "Efficient Erasure Coding" and "Approximate Computing of Ultra-Large-Scale Data."

Researches on the next-generation storage are directed towards systematic innovation of media, network, architecture, and management. To this end, Huawei has established five labs: the Data Fabric Innovation Lab, Intelligent Storage Innovation Lab, Memory Storage Innovation Lab, Data Reduction Innovation Lab, and Video Storage Innovation Lab. The labs will fully unleash the potential of over 4,000 storage scientists in Huawei, enabling them to leverage the latest technologies to push storage efficiency to new limits. Compared to last year's OlympusMons Award, which focused on self-driven full-lifecycle data governance and data storage with ultimate per-bit effectiveness, Huawei attaches greater importance to the lasting ties between the industry, universities, and research institutes this year, hoping to promote the sustained development of the digital economy through the establishment of a global top-level technology community.


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