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BASIL: Automated IO Load Balancing Across Storage Devices

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BASIL: Automated IO Load Balancing Across Storage Devices
Live migration of virtual hard disks between storage arrays has long been possible. However, there is a dearth of online tools to perform automated virtual disk placement and IO load balancing across multiple storage arrays. This problem is quite challenging because the performance of IO workloads depends heavily on their own characteristics and that of the underlying storage device. Moreover, many device-specific details are hidden behind the interface exposed by storage arrays. In this paper, we introduce BASIL, a novel software system that automatically manages virtual disk placement and performs load balancing across devices without assuming any support from the storage arrays. BASIL uses IO latency as a primary metric for modeling. Our technique involves separate online modeling of workloads and storage devices. BASIL uses these models to recommend migrations between devices to balance load and improve overall performance. We present the design and implementation of BASIL in the ...
Ajay Gulati, Chethan Kumar, Irfan Ahmad, Karan Kum
Added 02 Oct 2010
Updated 02 Oct 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Where FAST
Authors Ajay Gulati, Chethan Kumar, Irfan Ahmad, Karan Kumar
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