Data Centers

Towards a Scalable Data Center-Level Evaluation Methodology

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Executive Summary

As the popularity of Internet services continues to rise, the need to understand the design of the data center systems hosting these workloads becomes increasingly important. Unfortunately, research in this area has been stifled, primarily due to a lack of tools, workloads, and rigorous evaluation methodology. Traditional tools, such as architectural simulators, do not directly address data center-level issues and do not scale to simulate the thousands of machines needed for data center research.

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