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dReDBox: Materializing a Full-stack Rack-scale System Prototype of a Next-Generation Disaggregated Datacenter

Bielski, M; Syrigos, L; Katrinis, K; Syrivelis, D; Reale, A; Theodoropoulos, D; Alachiotis, N; ... Gonzalez de Dios, O; + view all (2018) dReDBox: Materializing a Full-stack Rack-scale System Prototype of a Next-Generation Disaggregated Datacenter. In: Proceedings of 2018 Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference & Exhibition (DATE). (pp. pp. 1093-1098). IEEE: Dresden, Germany. Green open access

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Abstract

Current datacenters are based on server machines, whose mainboard and hardware components form the baseline, monolithic building block that the rest of the system software, middleware and application stack are built upon. This leads to the following limitations: (a) resource proportionality of a multi-tray system is bounded by the basic building block (mainboard), (b) resource allocation to processes or virtual machines (VMs) is bounded by the available resources within the boundary of the mainboard, leading to spare resource fragmentation and inefficiencies, and (c) upgrades must be applied to each and every server even when only a specific component needs to be upgraded. The dRedBox project (Disaggregated Recursive Datacentre-in-a-Box) addresses the above limitations, and proposes the next generation, low-power, across form-factor datacenters, departing from the paradigm of the mainboard-as-a-unit and enabling the creation of function-block-as-a-unit. Hardware-level disaggregation and software-defined wiring of resources is supported by a full-fledged Type-1 hypervisor that can execute commodity virtual machines, which communicate over a low-latency and high-throughput software-defined optical network. To evaluate its novel approach, dRedBox will demonstrate application execution in the domains of network functions virtualization, infrastructure analytics, and real-time video surveillance.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: dReDBox: Materializing a Full-stack Rack-scale System Prototype of a Next-Generation Disaggregated Datacenter
Event: Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition (DATE)
Location: Dresden, GERMANY
Dates: 19 March 2018 - 23 March 2018
ISBN-13: 978-3-9819263-0-9
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.23919/DATE.2018.8342174
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.23919/DATE.2018.8342174
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Automation & Control Systems, Theory & Methods, Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering, Optical switches, Hardware, Integrated circuit interconnections, Computer architecture, Optical interconnections, Random access memory, Adaptive optics
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10052494
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