I read some papers with the term pod. Specially "pod switches". What pod means? This is an acronym? To what?

  • Is this in relation to a class or training? When I've run across that term it refers to a set of switches, servers, etc. (usually virtual and in the cloud) set up for each student. So your pod is yours to use and experiment with during the class or lab time.
    – RSS
    Jun 4, 2016 at 3:50
  • Perhaps you mean PoD- Point of Delivery, which is a modular design pattern used in data center network fabrics?
    – Jedi
    Jun 4, 2016 at 4:13
  • @Jedi and RSS thanks for your comments. The term was in this paper: ccr.sigcomm.org/online/files/p63-alfares.pdf. I think is a set of devices, but don't know the literal meaning of pod.
    – eightShirt
    Jun 4, 2016 at 5:33

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Based on the provided context, you are referring to leiserson1985fat.

k-ary fat tree

Here a pod has (K/2)^2 servers and 2 layers of K/2 K-port switches. Source

  • ok, but pod means what? Point of delivery? Point of distribution? Point of devices? Is not an acronym? Do you know?
    – eightShirt
    Jun 8, 2016 at 21:18
  • Yes, it looks like it is a Point-of-Delivery module.
    – Jedi
    Jun 9, 2016 at 0:42
  • I don't know for sure but my assumption was that it was just the normal english word "pod" and was being used to reffer to a physically grouped set of equipment. Sep 1, 2017 at 16:37

These days, pod tends to refer widely to the unit of Kubernetes deployments.

The nomenclature is inspired by the collective noun for whales. A pod refers to a group of one or more containers (typically Docker containers, represented by a whale) that can share storage mounts, network port space and scheduling lifetime.

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