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Server Architectures by René J. Chevance

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Part 1. Architectural Options and Technology Evolution

This first portion of the book reviews hardware technologies that have an effect on server performance and architecture. The hardware analysis is broken up into two parts, first looking at processors and memory and then at I/O and peripheral subsystems.

  • The evolution of software technologies are then examined.

  • First of all, we present the key elements of systems architecture which must be understood before analyzing the evolution of server architecture.

Systems Architecture Basics

As we shall see, a server’s processing performance is limited by, among other things, microprocessor performance. In the search for high performance and to satisfy the goal of scalability, systems vendors have turned ...

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