The Economics of Large-Memory Computations

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The Economics of Large-Memory Computations
We propose, and justify, an economic theory to guide memory system design, operation, and analysis. Our theory treats memory random-access latency, and its cost per installed megabyte, as fundamentals. We introduce incentives in our economic theory, and side-constraints in our analytic model of hierarchical memory, to ensure sucient memory bandwidth and processor speed in any \well-formed" system of a given latency and size. Our theory suggests that computer users should be charged a \rental" cost, proportional to their use of the total capacity in a hierarchical memory system. This rental cost is a natural unit for algorithmic analysis and, we submit, is a rational basis for pricing. We use our theory to compare the cost/performance of various largememory organizations such as PoPCs (\piles of PCs"), NOWs (\networks of workstations"), SMPs (\shared memory multiprocessors"), MPPs (\massively parallel processors"), and even Cray-class vector supercomputer...
Clark D. Thomborson
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Type Journal
Year 1998
Where IPL
Authors Clark D. Thomborson
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