Convey Computer, the leader in hybrid-core computing, today announced the latest addition to their hybrid-core (HC) series. The Convey HC Memcached appliance provides an order of magnitude higher throughput than commodity servers, while maintaining sub-millisecond response time. Additionally, the new Convey HC Memcached server dramatically reduces cost of ownership by slashing power, cooling and maintenance costs.
Memcached is an open source, high-performance, distributed memory caching system used in data centers around the world. Eighty-five percent of top web sites (such as Wikipedia, Flickr, Twitter,
Although this popular caching system works well, today’s ever increasing network traffic and rapidly growing datasets are presenting throughput and scalability challenges. In order to keep memcached response times low, organizations are adding more servers. Yet adding more servers causes a different challenge. As the number of servers increase, the number of memcached instances increase, causing a cascading amount of requests. At a certain point, these requests overwhelm the network and actually decrease throughput.(1)
Instead of adding servers, Convey believes that a better approach is to increase the performance of the servers themselves, allowing each server to service more requests. Convey’s memcached appliance does just that—dramatically increasing throughput and reducing latency in a single platform.
The Convey HC Memcached appliance is based on Convey’s proven hybrid-core technology, combining the economies and programmability of industry standard processors with the performance and efficiency of a hardware-based, application-specific design. Performance-critical portions of the memcached server are accelerated directly in hardware—providing seven to ten times the throughput of a contemporary multi-core server while maintaining sub-millisecond response time.
The Convey accelerated memcached appliance is completely transparent to the rest of the cluster; one appliance can be a direct plug-in replacement for multiple conventional memcached commodity servers. The appliance runs standard Linux, supports standard fabric interfaces, and is easy to deploy and incorporate into a typical data center.
Reduces Cost of Ownership
The Convey memcached appliance not only achieves order of magnitude performance increases, it also saves money on infrastructure, power, cooling and maintenance costs. When used as nodes in a cluster, the appliance delivers substantially better performance per watt than conventional servers.
Replacing multiple racks of commodity servers with a single rack of Convey systems reduces OS instances, cabling, floor space, and other infrastructure costs. Total three-year cost of ownership can be reduced by sixty to eighty percent.
Convey breaks power, performance and programmability barriers with the world’s first hybrid-core computer—a system that marries the low cost and simple programming model of a commodity system with the performance of a customized hardware architecture. Using Convey hybrid-core systems, customers worldwide in industries such as life sciences, research, big data, and the government/military are enjoying order of magnitude performance increases. http://www.conveycomputer.com/
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(1) This challenge is known as the “multiget hole”. More information can be found at: http://www.conveycomputer.com.
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