The Ripple Effect

Why Two Tech Legends Changed Their Minds About The Future of Computers

Large memory, in-memory, software-defined server, in-memory performance, in-memory computing, HANA, Gordon Bell, IEEE Computer

In 1984, Ike Nassi, now an accomplished technologist and entrepreneur, was vice president of research at Encore Computer.  He and his colleagues, along with Encore co-founder Gordon Bell, the legendary engineering vice president at Digital Equipment Corp. and originator of Bell’s Law of computer classes, submitted a proposal to DARPA. They hoped the defense-focused research agency would fund the development of a distributed approach to strongly coherent shared memory.  The work was founded on the notion that applications are more easily written, and deliver results sooner, when the data is entirely resident in memory.

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