MAY 10, 2017
An Architect’s Perspective: Applying Moore’s Law To The Cloud
By Alexandra Weber Morales, Oracle
As modern as the cloud seems, it might be hard to believe that the developers building the next-generation cloud at Oracle have mined networking’s forerunner, telephony, for insights. A decade before becoming an architect for Oracle’s cloud networking team, Jag Brar spent formative years designing Amazon Web Services. He was part of the team that worked on the underlying network for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Later, he applied techniques he found described in a 1953 research paper to help scale the underlying network.
Brar made a critical contribution to cloud physical network design between 2009 and 2010 while trying to solve the problem of how to grow the network.
“We realized that there was no way to scale the cloud if we kept building the networks we were building, because of the problem of network blocking,” Brar explains. “We did research and found this 1953 paper from a guy named Charles Clos who described how to build a nonblocking telephone network.”