Data Management

SwissBox: An Architecture for Data Processing Appliances

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Executive Summary

Database appliances offer fully integrated hardware, storage, operating system, database, and related software in a single package. Database appliances have a relatively long history but the advent of multicore architectures and cloud computing have facilitated and accelerated the demand for such integrated solutions. Database appliances represent a significant departure from the architecture of traditional systems mainly because of the cross layer optimizations that are possible. In this paper the authors describe SwissBox, architecture for data processing appliances being developed at the Systems Group of ETH Zurich.

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