Hardware-Accelerated Compression works with Apache Hadoop.

Press Release Summary:

AltraHD enables all applications in Apache™ Hadoop® stack to be transparently compressed using hardware acceleration, removing I/O bottlenecks and optimizing storage capacity. Leveraging software technology and hardware compression accelerators, solution integrates seamlessly into stack and transparently compresses all files that are using Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). Features include application-transparent file system filter and up to 3.2 GBps compression throughput.

Original Press Release:

Exar Delivers Industry-First Hardware-Accelerated Compression Solution for Apache Hadoop

AltraHD Maximizes Performance while Minimizing the Storage footprint of Hadoop Clusters

FREMONT, Calif. -- Exar Corporation (NYSE: EXAR), a leading supplier of high performance analog mixed-signal components and data management solutions, today announced AltraHD, the industry's first hardware-accelerated compression solution for Apache(TM) Hadoop®. AltraHD enables all applications in the Hadoop stack to be transparently compressed using hardware acceleration, delivering unparalleled performance and storage efficiency.

AltraHD combines Exar's state of the art software technology with its leading-edge hardware compression accelerators to remove costly I/O bottlenecks and optimize the storage capacity for Hadoop.   AltraHD integrates seamlessly into the Hadoop stack, and is able to transparently compress all files, including files that are stored using the file system as well as files stored locally as intermediate data outside of the file system.  AltraHD is the only compression solution for Hadoop to offer the following key features:

--  Application transparent file system filter that sits below the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) to compress all files that are using HDFS.

--  Compression codec that compresses intermediate data during the MapReduce phase of Hadoop processing.

--  Exar's high performance PCIe-based hardware compression card that automatically accelerates all compression operations, maximizing performance while offloading the host CPU. A single card provides up to 3.2 gigabyte/sec of compression throughput.

"Exar has taken big data analytics to the next level," stated Rob Reiner, Exar's director of marketing for Data Compression and Security products.  "AltraHD typically improves Terasort performance by 50 - 100%, and typically provides a 3x - 5x savings in storage capacity, enabling unmatched Hadoop cluster performance and efficiency, and establishing AltraHD as the industry leading solution."

Product Availability

AltraHD is available now.  Exar will show performance data at Strata Conference + Hadoop World in New York City, Oct. 28 - 30. The conference is sold out but the data is available to customers who are interested in evaluating AltraHD.

About Exar

Exar Corporation designs, develops and markets high performance, analog mixed-signal integrated circuits and advanced sub-system solutions for the Networking & Storage, Industrial & Embedded Systems, and Communications Infrastructure markets.  Exar's product portfolio includes power management and connectivity components, communications products, and network security and storage optimization solutions. Exar has locations worldwide providing real-time customer support.  For more information about Exar, visit http://www.exar.com.

CONTACT: Exar Corporation, Rob Reiner, Director Product Marketing, 510-668-7275, rob.reiner@exar.com

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