The Tera-Scale Effect

In the past year, Intel issued a series of powerful chips under the new Nehalem microarchitecture

, with large numbers of cores and extensive memory capacity. This new class of chips is is part of a bigger Intel initiative referred to as Tera-Scale Computing

. Cisco has released their Unified Computing System

(UCS) equipped with a unique extended memory and high speed network within the box, which is specifically geared to take advantage of this type of CPU architecture .

This new class of hardware has the potential to revolutionize the IT landscape as we know it.

In  this post, I want to focus primarily on the potential implications on application architecture, more specifically on the application platform landscape.  more...