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Nikita Ivanov

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Let's start at... the beginning. What is the in-memory computing? Kirill Sheynkman from RTP Ventures gave the following crisp definition which I like very much: "In-Memory Computing is based on a memory-first principle utilizing high-performance, integrated, distributed main memory systems to compute and transact on large-scale data sets in real-time - orders of magnitude faster than traditional disk-based systems." The most important part of this definition is "memory-first principle". Let me explain... Memory-First Principle Memory-first principle (or architecture) refers to a fundamental set of algorithmic optimizations one can take advantage of when data is stored mainly in Random Access Memory (RAM) vs. in block-level devices like HDD or SSD. RAM has dramatically different characteristics than block-level devices including disks, SSDs or Flash-on-PCI-E arrays... (more)

A Mature In-Memory Data Fabric By @GridGain | @CloudExpo [#BigData]

Why the Fast Data World Needs a Proven and Mature In-Memory Data Fabric Much of what human beings experience as commonplace today - social networking, online gaming, mobile and wearable computing -- was impossible a decade ago. One thing is certain: we're going to see even more impressive advances in the next few years. However, this will be the result of a fundamental change in computing, as current methods have reached their limit in terms of speed and volume. Traditional disk-based storage infrastructure is far too slow to meet today's data demands for speed at volume, which ar... (more)

Hadoop – 100x Faster By @GridGain | @CloudExpo [#BigData]

If you know anything about Hadoop architecture - the task seemed daunting to us and it proved to be one of the most challenging engineering feat that we have accomplished so far. After almost 24 months of development, tens of thousands of lines of Java, Scala and C++ code, multiple design iterations, several releases and dozens of benchmarks later we have the product that can deliver real-time performance to Hadoop with only minimal integration and no ETL required. Backed-up by customer deployments that prove our performance claims and validate our architecture. Here's how we d... (more)

In-Memory Database vs. In-Memory Data Grid By @GridGain | @CloudExpo [#BigData]

A few months ago, I spoke at the conference where I explained the difference between caching and an in-memory data grid. Today, having realized that many people are also looking to better understand the difference between two major categories in in-memory computing: In-Memory Database and In-Memory Data Grid, I am sharing the succinct version of my thinking on this topic - thanks to a recent analyst call that helped to put everything in place  TL;DR Skip to conclusion to get the bottom line. Nomenclature Let's clarify the naming and buzzwords first. In-Memory Database (IMDB) is a ... (more)

In-Memory Computing By @GridGain | @CloudExpo [#BigData]

The Facts and Fiction of In-Memory Computing In the last year, conversations about In-Memory Computing (IMC) have become more and more prevalent in enterprise IT circles, especially with organizations feeling the pressure to process massive quantities of data at the speed that is now being demanded by the Internet. The hype around IMC is justified: tasks that once took hours to execute are streamlined down to seconds by moving the computation and data from disk, directly to RAM. Through this simple adjustment, analytics are happening in real-time, and applications (as well as th... (more)