Introduction to RTCA design
In this chapter we discuss the main concepts used in the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance (RTCA), namely the Random Access Compression Engine (RACE) algorithm. We also examine the way the RTCA product manages to deliver high performance and the technology used for preserving data integrity.
 
3.1 The RTCA approach
The industry need for data compression is clearly to be fast, reliable, and scalable. The compression algorithm used must assure date consistency and a very good compression rate in order to be ...

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