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Robotic tape libraries (RTLs) currently enjoy a prominent place in the storage market, with a reported average annual growth rate approaching 34%, primarily due to their low cost per MB figures. Given the everincreasing requirements for storage of several modern applications, this will continue to hold. However, despite this fact and the fact that their access times continue to be very slow (e.g., tens of seconds) the central issue of efficiently scheduling accesses to RTLs has not received thedoi:10.1109/dexa.1999.795144 dblp:conf/dexaw/TriantafillouG99 fatcat:36xmvcutobgmjlm22gm3gttkne