Cloud scaling, Part 2, Tour high-performance cloud system design advances

Learn how to leverage co-processing, nonvolatile memory, interconnection, and storage

From the developerWorks archives

Sam Siewert

Date archived: November 29, 2016 | First published: May 21, 2013

Breakthrough device technology requires the system designer to re-think operating and application software design in order to realize the potential benefits of closing the access gap or pushing processing into the I/O path with coprocessors. Explore and consider how the latest memory, compute, and interconnection devices and subsystems can affect your scalable, data-centric, high-performance cloud computing system design. Breakthroughs in device technology can be leveraged for transition between compute-centric and the more balanced data-centric compute architectures.

The author examines storage-class memory and demonstrates how to fill the long-standing performance gap between RAM and spinning disk storage; details the use of I/O bus coprocessors (for processing closer to data); explains how to employ InfiniBand to build low-cost, high performance interconnection networks; and discusses scalable storage for unstructured data.

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