Load Balancing

  • What is it?
    In the fields of distributed computingparallel computing, and high performance computing (HPC), computing tasks can be completed more efficiently if they are evenly distributed among various resources, whether it's a node in a computing cluster, or a core or thread in a processor. It stands to reason, then, that we need a way of balancing the workloads between all these different resources. That's where load balancing comes in.

    Generally, something called a load balancer is used to pick up requests and distribute them evenly among the servers. The method of distribution can be static, meaning that the load balancer distributes tasks without taking into account the status of individual servers; or dynamic, meaning that the load balancer can track the status of the servers and make adjustments to how it reroutes traffic. In the age of cloud computing and shared data centers, load balancing has become an important part of the modern data structure.

  • Why do you need it?
    Just like how a team cannot demonstrate its prowess if some members are overburdened while others are left idle, a collection of servers can only reach its full potential when workloads are fairly distributed, and specialized tasks are assigned to servers specially designed for the purpose. Correct load balancing will go a long way towards optimizing response times and ensuring high availability, whether you are running an HPC system, a server room, or a data center.

  • How is GIGABYTE helpful?
    GIGABYTE's comprehensive product line of server solutions, including H-Series High Density ServersG-Series GPU ServersS-Series Storage Servers, and more, are all designed to deliver unrivalled performance to users with different computing needs. As such, effective load balancing will help these products reach their full potential. GIGABYTE servers can be used with mainstream server load balancing techniques, whether it is based on network hardware or algorithms and software.

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