Sector and Sphere: the design and implementation of a high-performance data cloud

Y. Gu, R. L. Grossman
2009 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences  
Cloud computing has demonstrated that processing very large datasets over commodity clusters can be done simply given the right programming model and infrastructure. In this paper, we describe the design and implementation of the Sector storage cloud and the Sphere compute cloud. In contrast to existing storage and compute clouds, Sector can manage data not only within a data center, but also across geographically distributed data centers. Similarly, the Sphere compute cloud supports User
more » ... d Functions (UDF) over data both within a data center and across data centers. As a special case, MapReduce style programming can be implemented in Sphere by using a Map UDF followed by a Reduce UDF. We describe some experimental studies comparing Sector/Sphere and Hadoop using the Terasort Benchmark. In these studies, Sector is about twice as fast as Hadoop. Sector/Sphere is open source.
doi:10.1098/rsta.2009.0053 pmid:19451100 pmcid:PMC3391065 fatcat:wmujs7obvndvfh2e32o46xhdfq