Introducing the Database Reference Stack with Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory

By Mark L Skarpness, Published: 09/17/2019, Last Updated: 09/17/2019

Today’s advanced database technologies are disrupting the data center and driving innovation as companies work to keep pace with customer demands. Intel recognizes the challenge developers face in creating and deploying database stacks orchestrated across multiple nodes — even more so in making the stack perform well.

We are committed to offering software that gives developers a fast path to the latest Intel features and capabilities, freeing them to focus on innovating and accessing full performance potential.

Today, we are pleased to release the Database Reference Stack with Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory delivered with 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

This workload-optimized technology is designed to help businesses extract more actionable insights from data — whether from clouds and databases, in-memory analytics, or content delivery networks. The Database Reference Stack is an integrated, highly-performant, open source stack that we expect will speed development for companies and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) alike by making it easier to prototype and access optimized, integrated end-to-end stacks.

This stack includes leading database technologies:

  • Clear Linux* OS: optimized for Intel®-based platforms
  • Apache Cassandra*: an open source, database for scalability and high availability
  • Redis*: an open source, in-memory data store used as a database, cache, and message broker
  • Performance tuned libraries and orchestration, with Intel Optane DC persistent memory: innovative memory technology that delivers a unique combination of affordable large capacity and support for data persistence.

Together, these technologies deliver the benefits of consistently improved service scalability with higher virtual machine and container density.

Releasing the Database Reference Stack early in development will help us get valuable feedback from the community and CSPs and deliver continuous improvements. We look forward to seeing how developers use the stack: as a blueprint, individual components, or a full stack.

If you are attending the Strata Data conference in New York, we invite you to stop by the Intel booth for a joint Intel and One Convergence demo of the GitHub* Issue Classification use case. We plan to unveil additional use cases targeting developer and CSP needs in the coming weeks.

Visit the Clear Linux Stacks page to learn more about this and other integrated software stacks. There you can download the Database Reference Stack code, contribute feedback, and check out our use cases. As always, we welcome ideas for further enhancements through the stacks mailing list.

the author mark skarpnessMark Skarpness is vice president of System Software Products and director of Data-Centric System Stacks at Intel.

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