A NUMA-Aware Runtime Environment for the Actor Model

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Provided by: University of Santo Tomas
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
The actor model is present in several mission-critical systems, such as those supporting WhatsApp and Twitter. These systems serve thousands of clients simultaneously, therefore demanding substantial computing resources usually provided by multiprocessor and multicore platforms. Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) architectures account for an important share of these platforms. Yet, little or no research has been done on the suitability of the current actor runtime environments for these machines. Current runtime environments assume a flat memory space, thus not performing as well as they could.
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