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RAMCloud: Scalable
High-Performance Storage
Entirely in DRAM
November 2012
Webinar from the Cloud Advisory Council
Presented with:
Stanford University
John Ousterhout, Professor (Research), Stanford University
Eli Karpilovski, Chairman, Cloud Advisory Council
About this Webinar
In recent years DRAM has played a larger role in storage systems, driven by the demands of large-scale Web applications. However, DRAM is still used primarily in limited or special-purpose ways, such as a cache for some other backing store. In this webinar, John Ousterhout from Stanford University will describe RAMCloud, a general-purpose storage system where all data lives in DRAM at all times and large-scale systems are created by aggregating the main memories of thousands of commodity servers. RAMCloud provides durable and available DRAM-based storage for the same cost as volatile caches, and it offers performance 10-100x faster than existing storage systems.

Hear from the Cloud Advisory Council and Stanford University on how combining low-latency and large scale RAMCloud will enable a new class of applications that manipulate large datasets more intensively than has ever been possible.

About our Speaker
John Ousterhout is Professor (Research) of Computer Science at Stanford University. His current research focuses on infrastructure for Web applications and cloud computing. Ousterhout’s prior positions include 14 years in industry where he founded two companies (Scriptics and Electric Cloud), preceded by 14 years as Professor of Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley. He is the creator of the Tcl scripting language and is also well known for his work in distributed operating systems and file systems. Ousterhout received a BS degree in Physics from Yale University and a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has received numerous awards, including the ACM Software System Award, the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, and the U.C. Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award.

Webinar highlights:
  • Learn how the cloud has driven a new style of large-scale application deployment.
  • Learn why low-latency communication will enable a new class of large-scale information-intensive applications.
  • Learn why it is now practical to build large applications that keep all information in DRAM.
  • See how RAMCloud makes it easy for developers to harness the full performance potential of DRAM-based storage.
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