, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 57–62 | Cite as

Diversity of Processing Units

An Attempt to Classify the Plethora of Modern Processing Units
  • Wolfgang Lehner
  • Annett Ungethüm
  • Dirk Habich
Kurz erklärt


Recent hardware developments are providing a plethora of alternatives to well-known general-purpose processing units. This development reaches into all major directions, i.e., into high-speed and low latency communications systems, novel memory components as well as a zoo of different processing units in addition to the traditional CPU-style processors. While all developments have great impact on the design of database systems, we will try—in the context of this Kurz Erklärt—to categorize recent advances in the context of processing units and comment on the impact on database systems.


Database Systems Modern Hardware Diversity of Compute Units 



This work is partly funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the Collaborative Research Center 912 Highly Adaptive Energy-Efficient Computing and within the Cluster of Excellence Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (Orchestration Path).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Database Research GroupTechnische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany

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