Expected to deliver high performance and flexibility simultaneously
Fujitsu has developed a server that uses resource pool architecture to deliver high performance and flexibility simultaneously.
Fujitsu has enabled the delivery of high-performance server and storage capabilities without losing any of the hardware’s original functionality or performance by pooling CPUs, hard disk drives (HDDs) and other hardware components comprising ICT infrastructure.
In the new technology, the hardware components, such as CPUs and HDDs, are linked together with high-speed interconnects.
This technology configures high-performance ICT infrastructure which can handle a variety of services flexibly, said the company.
The new architecture makes possible higher value-added services by consistently configuring optimal server and storage resources to fit the unique requirements of the task at hand, whether it is delivering the type of web services currently provided via the cloud, or new services yet to emerge.
Thus, a variety of services are anticipated, including new ICT services, which involve the processing of huge sets of data, known as "big data," a component of human-centric computing.
The new architecture introduces a server prototype that can be configured either as a server equipped with local disks or as a system with built-in storage capabilities.
Performance of approximately four times higher I/O throughput as well as increased performance of about 40% when running actual applications is delivered by the new prototype compared to typical system configurations tailored to traditional web services, said the company.
Features of the newly developed technology include pool management feature; middleware that offers storage function; high-speed interconnect technology that connects the disk pool.
If any of the CPUs, HDDs or other hardware fails, switching the connections to the failed parts will reduce replacement frequency and lower maintenance costs.
The technology’s functionality and performance will be verified with a goal of commercially launching the technology in fiscal 2013, said Fujitsu.