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Extending systems with virtual hardware aggregation Cully, Brendan


Hardware has physical limitations. It has fixed performance limits, and may fail. Applications suffer from the limitations of the physical hardware on which they run. Making applications able to take advantage of multiple hardware instances to avoid these limitations is complex. Since this effort must be expended for every application, it is impractical for most of them. In this thesis, we show that we can aggregate multiple physical machines at the virtual machine interface, allowing them to transcend the limitations of single machines without changing the applications themselves.

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