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From photons to big-data applications: terminating terabits.

Zilberman, N and Moore, AW and Crowcroft, JA (2016) From photons to big-data applications: terminating terabits. Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci, 374.

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Computer architectures have entered a watershed as the quantity of network data generated by user applications exceeds the data-processing capacity of any individual computer end-system. It will become impossible to scale existing computer systems while a gap grows between the quantity of networked data and the capacity for per system data processing. Despite this, the growth in demand in both task variety and task complexity continues unabated. Networked computer systems provide a fertile environment in which new applications develop. As networked computer systems become akin to infrastructure, any limitation upon the growth in capacity and capabilities becomes an important constraint of concern to all computer users. Considering a networked computer system capable of processing terabits per second, as a benchmark for scalability, we critique the state of the art in commodity computing, and propose a wholesale reconsideration in the design of computer architectures and their attendant ecosystem. Our proposal seeks to reduce costs, save power and increase performance in a multi-scale approach that has potential application from nanoscale to data-centre-scale computers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer architecture interconnect networking performance guarantees
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:42
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2018 03:31