System-on-Chip Architectures for Hyperscale Servers
- Speaker: Dr Paolo Faraboschi (HP Labs)
- Host: Mikel Lujan
- 25th April 2012 at 14:15 in Lecture Theatre 1.4, Kilburn Building
The exponential growth of web services, social media, and content delivery applications is placing an unprecedented demand on the server-side computing infrastructure required to support it. Novel business models and an increasing cost pressure demand performance scalability at minimal Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). These optimized, scale-out computing systems of hyperscale servers require rethinking the approach for both hardware and software from the ground up. This seminar focuses on the implications at the System-on-Chip (SoC) level. First, it covers the characteristics of the hyperscale server domain and the relevant applications. Then, it discusses the secular trends motivating the shift to SoC and delves into more details of SoC-specific configurations, looking at core weight, and integration of networking and I/O functionality. Finally, it covers the evaluation methodology and relevant metrics and provides some quantitative evaluations of the benefits of an SoC approach to scale-out servers.