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Software Pipelines and SOA: Releasing the Power of Multi-Core Processing
     

Software Pipelines and SOA: Releasing the Power of Multi-Core Processing

by Cory Isaacson
 

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Build Breakthrough Performance into Any SOA or Advanced Computing

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Build Breakthrough Performance into Any SOA or Advanced Computing Application

To meet unprecedented demand, IT organizations must improve application performance by an order of magnitude. Improving performance is even more crucial in SOA environments, which demand far more computing power than older architectures. Today’s multi-core servers can deliver the performance businesses require, but few applications take full advantage of them. Now, software innovator Cory Isaacson introduces an easier, more flexible approach to parallel processing—one that any IT organization can use to attain unprecedented levels of performance. Isaacson shows how Software Pipeline models can help you scale applications to any level required, maximize resources, deliver on challenging objectives, and achieve unprecedented ROI. He illuminates these techniques with real-life business scenarios and proven design patterns—everything architects, analysts, and developers need to start using them immediately.

This book’s in-depth coverage includes

  •     How Software Pipelines work, what they can accomplish, and how you can apply them using the Software Pipelines Optimization Cycle (SPOC)
  •     Scaling applications via parallel processing while guaranteeing order of processing in mission-critical applications
  •     Solving performance problems in existing applications, and resolving bottlenecks in existing processes
  •     A complete, easy-to-adapt Pipelines Reference Framework
  •     Detailed code examples reflecting proven Pipelines Patterns
  •     Techniques that can be applied in any industry, with any programming language
  •     Specific architectural and design solutions for common business and technical challenges
  •     The future of Software Pipelines: emerging opportunities for “greenfield” development
  •     Tools, sample templates, and source code at www.informit.com/title/0137137974, Download

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“There are some books that tout vision but provide no pragmatic, hands-on details. Software Pipelines and SOA offers a dose of both. Isaacson is an authority and practitioner, who understands that the promise of SOA is not fulfilled simply by embracing an architectural style of loosely coupled, network-based services but in how the applications and services that support this architectural style are developed and deployed. This book will help support a pragmatic approach to SOA.”
—Dan Malks, VP, Partner Engineering, JackBe

" Software Pipelines uncovers a new and unique way of software design for high-performance development. Where other methodologies and frameworks have previously been describing the problem, Software Pipelines is focusing on the solution. Simply put, Software Pipelines addresses the developer’s needs for parallel computing and uncovers the throughput offered by multi-core processors.”
—Filip Hanik, Senior Software Engineer, SpringSource, Inc.

“. . . it provides insights on how to effi ciently realize scalability on and across multi-core machines in a predictable manner using patterns derived from the best practices in distributed computing and SOA. Written in a conversational manner, one of the pioneering technology leaders of our time provides keen insights on how to build scalable software solutions.”
—Ravi Palepu, SOA Consultant and Founder of PREDICT

Software Pipelines paves the road in distributed, SOA, high-performance computing in theory and practice with strong technical background, elegant architecture, and a usable implementation. A revolution in grid computing and service-oriented architecture.”
—Nicole Nemer, Ph.D., Superior Consulting

“Multi-core computing offers a unique opportunity to deliver dramatic scalability in modern business applications; but the task is not an easy one, presenting signifi cant challenges to the software developer. Software Pipelines provides an easy-to-implement, concrete strategy that enables service-oriented applications to really deliver on the promise of this new hardware paradigm. A must read for any developer or architect stepping up to the challenge of highperformance business transaction processing.”
—Henry Truong, Chief Technology Offi cer, TeleTech, Inc.

“Isaacson offers a fresh approach to componentize and parallelize software applications in a way that is easy to debug and easy to maintain. Using the high-level abstraction of Software Pipelines, development managers need not worry about the complexities of concurrent programming or the challenges in dealing with maintaining threads, interprocess communication or deadlocks. Any software architect dealing with performance and scalability issues with complex transactional fl ows must consider the Software Pipelines design paradigm.”
—Venkat Pula, Field Application Engineer, Telelogic, an IBM Company

“Cory has captured the power of simplicity, enabling business software applications to exponentially leverage the capacity and capabilities of today’s advanced chip architectures. Using Software Pipelines, corporate IT groups are able to manage, control and fully utilize the power of multi-core computing to improve scalability and reduce long-term costs.”
—Jim Hogan, Cognify, Vice President, Managed Services

“Having projects architected to gracefully scale from a single multi-core box all the way to a cluster of thousands of machines is the new reality. With Software Pipelines, the development organization can easily architect every project—from the summer intern’s toy prototype to your flagship technology—as though it might need to scale for worldwide consumption. Embrace this change now and the day you need that scalability will be your biggest success. Ignore it and it will likely be your greatest failure.”
—Jackson Gibbs, CTO, Strands

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321606303
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
12/23/2008
Series:
Addison-Wesley Information Technology Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
File size:
9 MB

Read an Excerpt

We're now in the multicore era. As consumers of computing power, we've all come to expect a never-ending increase in power, and CPU manufacturers are now using multicore processors to continue that long-standing trend. If we want to take full advantage of this enormous capacity, our business applications must "do more than one thing at a time." However, traditional parallel computing methods (such as multithreading, SMP, and clustering) are either limiting or extremely difficult to implement, especially when used on top of application components that weren't originally designed for a parallel world.

Software Pipelines architecture is a new architecture that specifically addresses the problem of using parallel processing in the multicore era. It is a new approach to the problem. Pipeline technology abstracts the complexities of parallel computing and makes it possible to use the power of the new CPUs for business applications.

We wrote this book primarily for software architects, application developers, and application development managers who need high-performance, scalable business applications. Project managers, software quality assurance specialists, and IT operations managers will also find it useful; however, the main focus is software development. Our intention was to make the book as applicable as possible, and to provide tools that you can quickly learn and apply to your own development challenges.

The book is divided into four sections, which we'll describe in this preface.

Pipelines Theory

The Pipelines Theory section, Chapters 1 through 5, covers the following topics:

  • How pipelines work, including the fundamental concepts and underlying theory of Software Pipelines
  • What pipelines can accomplish
  • Methods for applying Software Pipelines
  • Pipelines Patterns, including various ways to apply Software Pipelines in business application scenarios, setting the stage for the examples in later chapters

As the foundation for the remainder of the book, this section is appropriate for all readers. If you're a software architect or an application developer, you should definitely study this section first. If you're reading the book from a managerial perspective, or if your interest is more general and less technical, you can focus on just this section.

Pipelines Methodology

The Pipelines Methodology section, Chapters 6 through 13, shows how to implement Software Pipelines by using the step-by-step Software Pipelines Optimization Cycle (SPOC). To illustrate how the methodology works, we use it to solve a business problem for a fictitious example company, the Pipelines Bank Corporation (PBCOR). In each chapter we present a new step, then show you how we used the step in our PBCOR example.

This section will be of interest to all primary audiences of the book, including project managers. The PBCOR examples get into a fair amount of technical detail; therefore, application development managers might want to skip over the more complex examples.

Pipelines Examples

The Pipelines Examples section, Chapters 14 through 22, contains code examples based on the reference Pipelines Framework we developed for the book. We've included examples for each main Pipelines Pattern from the Pipelines Theory section. You can use these as guides for applying Software Pipelines directly to your own real-world applications.

This section is for software architects and application developers, the roles directly involved in pipelines implementation. In addition, IT operations managers will find it helpful to read the configuration sections, which show how to modify the scalability of an application without modifying the actual application components.

We recommend that you read the first three chapters of this section in detail. These basic chapters include Chapter 14, "Hello Software Pipelines"; Chapter 15, "Scaling Hello Software Pipelines"; and Chapter 16, "Additional Pipelines Router Configurations." After that, you might prefer to scan the more advanced examples in Chapters 17 through 22, then concentrate on the ones that most apply to your specific application scenarios.

The Future of Software Pipelines

In the final section we tell you about the future we envision for Software Pipelines architecture. There are plenty of greenfield areas that can be developed, and it is our hope that this section will inspire readers to help move the technology forward into the mainstream.

Conventions

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The Web Site

We've established a Web site for Software Pipelines technology at softwarepipelines.org. The site is for readers of the book and for anyone else who is interested in using or advancing the Software Pipelines architecture. You can download the following items from the site:

  • Tools and sample report templates for the Software Pipelines Optimization Cycle (SPOC) methodology
  • Source code for the reference Pipelines Framework
  • Complete source code for all examples in the book
  • Articles and discussions on pipelines technology and its applications

We hope you find Software Pipelines as exciting as we've found it, and that you take this opportunity to capitalize on its capabilities and use it to help overcome your own performance and scalability challenges.

Meet the Author

Cory Isaacson is CEO of Prelude Innovations, Inc., a fi rm specializing in the incubation and introduction of leading software technology products. Actively involved in leading information technologies for over 20 years, Cory served as technical editor and columnist for WebSphere Advisor Magazine, has spoken at hundreds of public events and seminars, and authored numerous articles on architecture and practicalities of employing technology. Cory has provided guidance to hundreds of top architects and professional developers in the fi nancial services, entertainment, telco, and software industries on the development and implementation of powerful business applications.

Most recently Cory was president of Rogue Wave Software, managing the organization for over three years, building new product strategies, and culminating in a successful acquisition in mid-2007 by a leading private equity fi rm. Cory has focused on effi ciently addressing development and deployment challenges of emerging technologies such as SOA, virtualization, and commoditization of resources to support real-world business applications. Cory’s expertise with highperformance transactional applications has helped leading IT organizations respond to the challenges of dramatic growth in business and data volumes, while still managing cost pressures. Most recently, Cory has been an active evangelist on the need for using concurrent processing and scalable database techniques in order to improve application performance on multi-core architectures.

Cory received his B.A. degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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