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Hardcore core-to-core comms core-alled into hardware

Intel and boffins at the North Carolina State University have cooked up a framework that coordinates core-to-core communications in hardware rather than software. This work is important because to keep processing power scaling up, you want the overhead of multi-core computing processes to stay down. The CAF – core-to-core …

Q: How many guns to arm nine coachloads of terrorists?

The BBC has made an audacious if flawed bid to establish the "coachload of terrorists" as a standard for quantifying arms caches. Back in 2014, Suffolk police found an impressive 177 rifles, 136 handguns, 88 shotguns and 38 machine guns, plus 200,000 rounds of ammunition at the home of James Arnold. So impressive was the …
Lester Haines, 19 Feb 2016
Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

Flash and trash? You could begin with cache and trash

Comment Last year I wrote many times about object storage, flash memory, caching, and various other technologies in the storage industry. And I also coined the term “Flash and Trash” (see video here) to describe a trend of two-tier storage built on latency-sensitive, flash-based arrays on one side and capacity-driven, scale-out systems …
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Cache-astrophic: Why Valve's Steam store spewed players' private profiles to strangers

PC gaming biz Valve has explained why its Steam software store blurted people's personal details to strangers on Christmas Day. As reported in these pages, some gamers logging into the website on December 25 were in fact greeted by profile pages belonging to others. Those pages included home addresses, email addresses, details …
Chris Williams, 30 Dec 2015

Samsung wants a bite of flash cache, will eat Proximal Data – sources

Samsung is buying Proximal Data, a flash caching software company, people close to the situation told The Register, although no formal announcement has been made. Proximal was founded in 2011 by CEO Rory Bolt, who was involved with Avamar and heavily involved in selling it to EMC for $165m. The company provides AutoCache, …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2014
A black hole

Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

Something for the Weekend, Sir? If in doubt, right-click. It’s a motto that has served me well and stood the test of time. Can’t locate a command under multiple sub-menus? Right-click – it’s probably in the contextual menu. Can’t remember what the command is called? Right-click – you’ll find it there. Have absolutely no idea what to do next? Right-click – it …
Alistair Dabbs, 12 Oct 2014
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Facebook unleashes inter-cache router code on a waiting world

Facebook has slung another slice of code into the open source world: the software that lets it sling content between caches around the world, fast enough to keep The Social NetworkTM social. First discussed last year at Usenix, “Mcrouter” handles “all traffic to, from, and between thousands of cache servers across dozens of …

Amazon hits back at Microsoft with Redis ElastiCache

Amazon has broadened its set of services for storing frequently accessed data, just one day after Microsoft announced a competing product. The upgrade to the Amazon Web Services ElastiCache was announced by Amazon on Wednesday, and see Bezos & Co make Redis a caching option for the previously Memcached-only tech. Redis is a …
Jack Clark, 4 Sep 2013

Microsoft soars above Amazon with cloud cache

Microsoft has launched a new Azure technology to give developers a dedicated storage layer for frequently accessed information, and its pricing and features trump similar tech fielded by cloud incumbent Amazon Web Services. The caching service was launched in a preview format by Microsoft on Tuesday, and marks the creation of …
Jack Clark, 3 Sep 2013
Intel mSata SSD

Cache 'n' carry: What's the best config for your SSD?

Feature The idea of using a low-capacity SSD to store the most frequently accessed files or parts of files in order to access them more quickly than a mechanical hard drive can serve them up - a technique called SSD caching - has been around for some time, but it wasn’t until the arrival of Intel’s Smart Response Technology with the …
Simon Crisp, 12 Feb 2013
Crucial Adrenaline SSD

Crucial pledges PC performance boost with Adrenaline

Memory specialist Crucial has rolled out a small-capacity SSD for folk keen to up the speed of their system without a massive outlay. The package, dubbed Adrenaline - you can see the kind of audience Crucial is pitching the thing at, can't you? - comprises as 50GB Crucial m4 SSD, Nvelo's Dataplex caching app and all the bits …
Hard Reg, 9 Mar 2012

It's not the size of your pipe, it's the way you use it

WAR on the cloud 6 In part 5, I tuned my site's home/entry page to load faster than Google's, in part because page-load time and general responsiveness are important to retaining users and those "sticky eyeballs". Now I want to make better use of my already-paid-for resources to handle assets that I didn't feel comfortable putting on a third- …

OCZ flashes its cache at hard drives

Hard disk drives are getting a caching flash wrapper if OCZ has its way. Watch out for this SSD supplier's Synapse caching flasher. Not content with the RevoDrive Hybrid, a PCIe card containing a flash memory store and DataPlex software to manage the on-card hard drive, OCZ has revved its cocktail of components and crafted a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2011

3PAR developing united federation of clusters

3PAR is actively developing technology needed to federate its InServ clustered storage arrays together and provide a single pool of resources across the federation. 3PAR believes that there is a practical limit to the scaling on the number of nodes in a cluster, due to the risk of a node failure taking the entire cluster down …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2009
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MySpace replaces disks with flash

Social networking site MySpace has replaced traditional server/direct-attach disk combos with flash memory cached servers to save space, energy, cooling and cost. MySpace originally used multiple racks of 2U rackmount servers, with ten to twelve directly-attached 15,000rpm hard drives. They've been ripped-and-replaced with …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2009

StorSpeed pushes delicious filer flash cacher

Startup Storspeed has launched an application-aware clustered file caching product: the SP5000. The aim is to correct a claimed imbalance between a server's hunger for data and the storage subsystem's inability to deliver it fast enough. Like Avere and Symantec with FileStore, and Dataram for block access, StorSpeed says it …
Chris Mellor, 9 Oct 2009

Dataram makes SAN flash cache sandwich

Memory supplier Dataram has found another place to stuff flash cache, parking a pile of it between drive arrays and fabric switches in a SAN. Dataram has been around for ever (well, since 1967) and builds and ships memory products to speed server apps. In 2008 it bought Cenatek, an SSD supplier, and Jason Caulkins, that …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2009
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Balancing act for servers that flash the cache

Comment Multiple flash locations in the server-storage stack are upsetting balanced I/O conventions and making overall system design much more difficult. Designing and implementing server-to-storage systems is going to become very much harder, because existing assumptions about server and storage I/Os per second (IOPS) handling are …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2009

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