The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory migrated independent grids into a fully virtualized environment that reduced idle computing cycles while a providing a big jump in throughput when pushing millions of calculations through the system.
“For environments where large memory systems are critical – bio informatics, legacy databases i.e. Big Data, we have focused on a lot of performance enhancements. We strive to make large memory systems as fast as possible. It is interesting to note that in some cases, our VMs are faster than physical machines. We do this by prefetching and caching data based on our understanding of memory placement and access patterns.”