Big Memory – Scale-in vs. Scale-out
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  Niklas Bjorkman   Niklas Bjorkman
VP Technology


Thursday, August 22, 2013
08:30 AM - 09:15 AM

Level:  Technical - Intermediate

A single PC is capable of handling over a hundred billion instructions per second. That is more than a hundred thousand IBM mainframes when Oracle v2 was launched. A single high-end network card can handle 10 Gbps, more than the total output of Wikipedia. Are we really deploying all of this power?

This presentation will provide a practical hands-on demonstration and visionary outlooks:

  • Disk and communication latency is still slow. Can we remove that?
  • RAM is a hundred thousand times faster than disk, and prices have dropped from $1 to 0.5 cents.
  • If data centers move into a single box with Big RAM, how many users can it serve? The answer might surprise you.
  • What are the downsides?
  • A practical example of how to serve millions of web users with real-time web database requests using a single PC.

Niklas Bjorkman is the VP Technology of Starcounter. He has more than 17 years of experience developing advanced business systems and working with object oriented programming related to persistent storage. Prior to joining Starcounter, Niklas served as CTO of Adtoma, an online advertising and media management company, where he led the development of a next-generation adserve application. He also previously served as CTO of Heads, a real-time retail application vendor, where he developed the company’s supply chain management application.

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