Differentiated storage services

Michael Mesnier, Feng Chen, Tian Luo, Jason B. Akers
2011 Proceedings of the Twenty-Third ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles - SOSP '11  
We propose an I/O classification architecture to close the widening semantic gap between computer systems and storage systems. By classifying I/O, a computer system can request that different classes of data be handled with different storage system policies. Specifically, when a storage system is first initialized, we assign performance policies to predefined classes, such as the filesystem journal. Then, online, we include a classifier with each I/O command (e.g., SCSI), thereby allowing the
more » ... orage system to enforce the associated policy for each I/O that it receives. Our immediate application is caching. We present filesystem prototypes and a database proof-of-concept that classify all disk I/O -with very little modification to the filesystem, database, and operating system. We associate caching policies with various classes (e.g., large files shall be evicted before metadata and small files), and we show that endto-end file system performance can be improved by over a factor of two, relative to conventional caches like LRU. And caching is simply one of many possible applications. As part of our ongoing work, we are exploring other classes, policies and storage system mechanisms that can be used to improve end-to-end performance, reliability and security.
doi:10.1145/2043556.2043563 dblp:conf/sosp/MesnierCLA11 fatcat:5ysebsgxzncw3nelpxeaumidoq