Leveraging the power of hardware vectorization and pure serverless compute for fast, low cost queries
Sneller has built an Elastic, OpenSearch and SQL query engine that leverages vector hardware acceleration. Every Intel server processor shipped since 2018 and current AMD processors include AVX-512 cores. AVX-512 was built for numerical computation and despite years of research no other company has built a query engine around it. Sneller’s prime innovation is the comprehensive use of AVX-512 to accelerate queries. This allows Sneller to leverage 16x the processing power compared to others for the same price. Sneller was accepted into Intel’s Startup Disruptor Program based on this innovation.
Leveraging our AVX-512 innovations, Sneller built a full serverless engine that avoids using local storage on compute nodes. All compute state is maintained in distributed DRAM. This enables very fast and dynamic scaling of compute nodes based on incoming query traffic. Sneller reads all data directly from object storage and so can scale both compute and storage quickly, easily and with very high reliability. The combination of AVX-512, a very efficient serverless architecture and scanning efficiencies enables Sneller to achieve a 10x+ price/performance advantage compared to engines such as AWS OpenSearch and Elasticsearch. This has been proven in both head to head benchmarks and real-life customer testing.
Varun was a founder and the first CEO of Nimble Storage. Nimble went public in 2013 and was acquired by HP Enterprise (HPE) in 2017. At HPE Varun was the General Manager of the Infosight Observability System that monitored HPE's storage and compute units in the field. Prior to Nimble, Varun was the 12th employee and VP of Engineering at Data Domain and before that he was the 11th employee at Network Appliance.
Frank started his career by applying optimization techniques in the Medical Imaging space for 2D as well as 3D/GPU-based visualization. Seeing the latest advancements in SIMD computing on both the ARM and Intel architectures, he saw an opportunity to launch Sneller in order to fully leverage these innovations. Prior to founding Sneller, Frank was CTO at open source object storage startup MinIO.
Phil is a recovering physicist with a passion for compilers and high-performance computing. His professional software career began after publishing a few successful open source libraries that are used by a number of major cloud enterprises. Most recently before joining Sneller, Phil was running an independent software engineering consulting business.