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Application performance on the Direct Access File System

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Application performance on the Direct Access File System
The Direct Access File System (DAFS) is a distributed file system built on top of direct-access transports (DAT). Direct-access transports are characterized by using remote direct memory access (RDMA) for data transfer and user-level networking. The motivation behind the DAT-enabled distributed file system architecture is the reduction of the CPU overhead on the I/O data path. In collaboration with Duke University we have created and made available an open-source implementation of DAFS for the FreeBSD platform. In this paper we describe a performance evaluation study of DAFS that was performed with this software. The goal of this work is to determine whether the architecture of DAFS brings any fundamental performance benefits to applications compared to traditional distributed file systems. In our study we compare DAFS to a version of NFS optimized to reduce the I/O overhead. We conclude that DAFS can accomplish superior performance for latency-sensitive applications, outperforming NF...
Alexandra Fedorova, Margo I. Seltzer, Kostas Magou
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Type Conference
Year 2004
Where WOSP
Authors Alexandra Fedorova, Margo I. Seltzer, Kostas Magoutis, Salimah Addetia
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