Remote Memory for Non-Masochists

Seminar | September 21 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430 (Woz)

 Marcos K. Aguilera, VMWare Research

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Remote memory is an old idea that has recently re-emerged in the age of fast networks, and it is now increasingly compelling. However, for remote memory to be successful, it needs to provide a better abstraction. The current abstraction based on RDMA is complex, error-prone, and clunky, limiting its adoption to experts and masochists. In this talk, we describe a number of alternatives that we are exploring, which are simpler, more portable, and conceptually richer. These alternatives have deep implications to the design of new distributed algorithms and systems, as we demonstrate with several examples.