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Hardware-Assisted Distributed Lock Manager

Grant number: 18/21761-3
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2019 - February 28, 2021
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science - Computer Systems
Principal Investigator:Guido Costa Souza de Araújo
Grantee:Guido Costa Souza de Araújo
Host Institution: Instituto de Computação (IC). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Luiz Eduardo Buzato


The increasing demand for online services has led to unprecedentedgrowth in the size and complexity of commercial datacenters.Implementing efficient coordination middleware has then become crucialto ensure consistency and high-availability for the very large volumeof data stored at today's datacenters. In this project we addressdistributed lock manager services, a coordinating middleware, andpropose the acceleration in hardware of distributed lock andconfiguration management algorithms as a way to make this core servicescalable. In particular, we request funding for the acquisition of asmall cluster of servers equipped with FPGA boards interconnected by ahigh-speed network, in order to synthesize and evaluate theperformance and scalability of distributed hardware-assisted lock andconfiguration management services. At the current stage of theproject, we have already derived and validated a simpler version ofthe service in a single FPGA board, by emulating the inter-FPGAsnetwork in software. (AU)

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