I have a task to build a prototype for a massively scalable distributed shared memory (DSM) app. The prototype would only serve as a proof-of-concept, but I want to spend my time most effectively by picking the components which would be used in the real solution later on.
The aim of this solution is to take data input from an external source, churn it and make the result available for a number of frontends. Those "frontends" would just take the data from the cache and serve it without extra processing. The amount of frontend hits on this data can literally be millions per second.
The data itself is very volatile; it can (and does) change quite rapidly. However the frontends should see "old" data until the newest has been processed and cached. The processing and writing is done by a single (redundant) node while other nodes only read the data. In other words: no read-through behaviour.
I was looking into solutions like memcached however this particular one doesn't fulfil all our requirements which are listed below:
Have a look at Hazelcast. It is pure Java, open source (Apache license) highly scalable in-memory data grid product. It does offer 7X24 support. And it does solve all of your problems I tried to explain each of them below: