Dr. Hao Zhong is a passionate technology innovator and entrepreneur that has been contributing numerous cutting edge technology and product in data storage and computing industry. Since Oct 2014, Hao, as the CEO, co-founded ScaleFlux that is leading the computational storage subsystem development in the industry.
Prior to ScaleFlux, Hao was a Sr. Director at Fusion-io where he led the flash memory technology team and enabled LDPC technology in industry leading PCIe SSDs. Prior to Fusion-io, Hao was with SandForce as an engineering director working on SSD controller chips. Prior to SandForce, Hao was an architect at LSI working on hard disk drive read channel product and the key contributor to the industry first 40nm LDPC read channel chip in 2008. Hao received his Ph.D degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
VP of Product & Marketing
JB Baker is a successful technology business leader with a track record of driving top and bottom line growth through new products for enterprise and data center storage. He joined ScaleFlux in 2018 to lead Product Planning & Marketing as we expand the capabilities of Computational Storage and its adoption in the marketplace.
JB entered the data storage field with Intel in 2000 to manage the i960 and xScale I/O Processors. He transitioned to LSI in 2008, where he led the definition and launch of the LSI Nytro PCIe Flash products and was instrumental in ramping the new product line with Tier 1 OEMs, Hyperscalers and Financial Industry customers. With Seagate’s acquisition of the LSI Flash assets in 2014, JB transitioned to Seagate where his role expanded to cover the entire SSD product portfolio, achieving record levels of SSD revenue for the company. He earned his BA from Harvard and MBA from Cornell’s Johnson School.
Chief Scientist, Co-Founder
Dr. Tong Zhang is a well-established researcher with significant contributions to the areas of data storage systems and VLSI signal processing. Dr. Zhang is a co-founder and Chief Scientist of ScaleFlux, responsible for developing key techniques and algorithms for Computational Storage products and exploring their optimal use in mainstream application domains such as database.
He is currently a Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). His current and past research span over a wide range of areas, including database, filesystem, solid-state and magnetic data storage devices and systems, digital signal processing and communication, error correction coding, VLSI architectures, and computer architecture. He has published over 150 technical papers at prestigious USENIX/IEEE/ACM conferences and journals with the citation h-index of 36, and has served as general and technical program chairs for several premier conferences. Among his many research accomplishments, he made pioneering contributions to establishing the research area of flash memory signal processing and enabling practical implementation of low-density parity-check (LDPC) codecs in commercial data storage and communication systems. He received two best paper awards and has over 20 issued/pending US patent applications. He holds BS/MS degrees in EE from the Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, and PhD degree in ECE from the University of Minnesota.
VP Engineering, Co-Founder
Dr. Fei Sun is an accomplished technology pioneer in data storage industry. As Head of Engineering at ScaleFlux since 2014, he drives all aspects of ScaleFlux’s engineering strategies and execution.
Prior to ScaleFlux, he was a senior manager in storage division at Marvell Semiconductor, where he led a key team with 20+ engineers to develop high performance SSD controllers. His team developed flagship SSD controllers including industry’s 1st PCIe SSD controller which was widely deployed in MacBooks, and NVMe based PCIe SSD controller which integrated Marvell’s NANDEdge error-correcting technology. He also led the team to develop Marvell’s 3rd generation SATA controller which is in mass production with top tier customers. Dr. Sun holds 10+ US patents, and has published over 20 referred papers in the area of VLSI signal processing in storage. He is the recipient of awards including the 2005 low power design contest award from the International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED2005), and the 2007 Allen B Dumont Prize from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Dr. Sun holds Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from RPI, and M.S./B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong Univiersity.
Chief Architect, Co-Founder
Mr. Yang Liu has been working on storage, networking and graphics industry for over 10 years, as architect and developer. Yang co-founded ScaleFlux in Oct. 2014. As chief architect, he is driving the architecture and engineering efforts to help company delivering the most cutting-edge storage computing products.
Prior to ScaleFlux, Yang held various engineer positions and made significant contributions in LSI, Sandforce, Juniper Networks and S3 Graphics. He has successfully designed and brought up more than 10 PCIe networking and storage systems with high performance and aggressive power management schemes. Dr. Liu holds Ph. D. degree in EECS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where his research interests include low-power VLSI architectures on variation-tolerant DSPs, 3D integrated digital systems, high-performance communication and signal processing circuits. Dr. Liu has published 13 academic technical papers and filed many patents.
Yong is a software professional with over 15 years of experience developing and leading complex software development projects. Since January 2015, Yong has served as VP of Software Development for ScaleFlux responsible for all layers of software design and development.
Prior to ScaleFlux, he was Sr. Software manager at SanDisk Cooperation Engineering where he lead software team on system and application development of MLC/TLC NAND for company’s most profitable flash products. Previous to SanDisk, Yong was a key software contributor at SandForce Inc., where he focused on the FTL design, performance tuning, as well as different flash media boot up on company’s flagship SSD products. SandForce delivers industry first 100K IOPS SATA SSD. Yong was also Sr. Software manager at Marvel Cooperation where he performed software system development on SCSI, SATA interface for storage devices. He is an expert on algorithm acceleration, implementation of algorithms on multi-core processors and other programmable platforms. Yong holds MS and BS degree in EE from Tsinghua University of China.
VP of Business Development and Sales
Eric is the Vice President of Business Development and Sales at ScaleFlux. His 25+ years of technical and business development leadership roles will drive ScaleFlux’s efforts to deliver value added solutions to the global data infrastructure market. Before joining ScaleFlux, Eric was leading data center and enterprise SSD business development as a senior director at Western Digital where he navigated through the acquisition/merger from Fusion-io to SanDisk. Prior to that, Eric worked at Numoyx, a spin-off/merger of Intel and STMicro NOR Flash divisions which was later acquired by Micron. Before Micron, Eric spent 14 years at Intel working in Assembly and Test Technology on Microprocessors and Chipsets. Eric graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor of science in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
VP of Operations
Ben Li is the VP of Operations at ScaleFlux. Successful business leader of operations and strategy with a demonstrated record of working in the semiconductor industry, he joined ScaleFlux in 2018 to lead various operations functions.
Prior to ScaleFlux, Ben was director of sales and marketing in Qualcomm. He successfully led the sales strategy and pricing for the high growth IoT business in China region, which started from scratch to hundreds of millions annual revenue. During his 10 years’ experience in Qualcomm, he has a strong track record of leading high-performance teams, driving end to end operations, implementing successful sales and marketing strategy, securing design-wins, and developing key executive customer relationships. Prior to Qualcomm, Ben was a sales operations manager in Motorola where he managed distributor and operator sales channel, sales incentives, sales processes etc.. Ben started his career as a business consultant at BearingPoint Consulting firm.
He holds a BS degree from the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University and a MS degree from the McCombs School of Business, the University of Texas at Austin.
VP of Products
Saeed Raja is the Vice President of Products. He is responsible for developing the mid-to-long-term product and solutions roadmap for ScaleFlux, including Compute Express Link (CXL). He is also responsible for driving associated technology alliances, partnerships, and services delivery. Saeed has 25+ years of experience in leadership roles in product strategy, product management, and product marketing roles at Micron Technologies, SanDisk, EMC, NetApp, and Hewlett-Packard. Most recently at Micron Technologies, he was a senior director of product management for emerging memory products, including Storage Class Memory and first generation CXL products targeting hyperscale datacenter. Saeed earned his MBA from Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, New York.