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Microsoft Research’s Garnet: Setting New Standards for Ultra-Low Latency and Performance

Microsoft Research unveiled Garnet, a high-performance cache-store for memory and storage systems.


Microsoft Research has unveiled Garnet, an innovative cache-store solution designed to enhance the performance and efficiency of memory and tiered storage systems. Developed as an open-source project, Garnet offers a comprehensive and flexible API, supports memory and tiered storage, and features an ultra-low latency pluggable network layer. The solution is engineered to deliver exceptional performance on bare metal systems, setting a new benchmark in the industry.

Key Features and Benefits

Garnet is the culmination of extensive research and development efforts by , building upon the foundational work of the FASTER project initiated in 2018. FASTER was an embedded key-value library project aimed at surpassing the performance benchmarks of existing systems. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, Research pivoted to further develop this technology, addressing the real-world needs of Microsoft's ecosystem. The result was Garnet, a robust platform that integrates seamlessly with various Microsoft services, including the Windows & Web Experiences Platform, Azure Resource Manager, and Azure Resource Graph.

The open-source nature of Garnet empowers third-party developers to leverage this technology, enabling them to enhance the speed and efficiency of their own applications and services. Microsoft Research is committed to the continuous improvement of Garnet, with plans to introduce new API calls and features. The team is also exploring potential collaboration opportunities to further advance the platform's capabilities.

Deployment and Future Directions

Garnet has already been deployed across several critical Microsoft services, demonstrating its versatility and effectiveness. By making Garnet's code available on GitHub, Microsoft Research is encouraging innovation and adoption among the broader developer community. As Garnet continues to evolve, Microsoft Research anticipates it will play a significant role in shaping the future of cache-store technology, driving advancements in performance, scalability, and efficiency.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
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