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Disaggregated memory for expansion and sharing in blade servers

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Disaggregated memory for expansion and sharing in blade servers
Analysis of technology and application trends reveals a growing imbalance in the peak compute-to-memory-capacity ratio for future servers. At the same time, the fraction contributed by memory systems to total datacenter costs and power consumption during typical usage is increasing. In response to these trends, this paper re-examines traditional compute-memory co-location on a single system and details the design of a new general-purpose architectural building block—a memory blade—that allows memory to be "disaggregated" across a system ensemble. This remote memory blade can be used for memory capacity expansion to improve performance and for sharing memory across servers to reduce provisioning and power costs. We use this memory blade building block to propose two new system architecture solutions—(1) page-swapped remote memory at the virtualization layer, and (2) block-access remote memory with support in the coherence hardware—that enable transparent memory expans...
Kevin T. Lim, Jichuan Chang, Trevor N. Mudge, Part
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Type Conference
Year 2009
Where ISCA
Authors Kevin T. Lim, Jichuan Chang, Trevor N. Mudge, Parthasarathy Ranganathan, Steven K. Reinhardt, Thomas F. Wenisch
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