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Designing a Self-Maintaining Storage System

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Designing a Self-Maintaining Storage System
This paper shows the suitability of a "self-maintaining" approach to Tertiary Disk, a large-scale disk array system built from commodity components. Instead of incurring the cost of custom hardware, we attempt to solve various problems by design and software. We have built a cluster of storage nodes connected by switched Ethernet. Each storage node is a PC hosting a few dozen SCSI disks, running the FreeBSD operating system. The system is used as a web-based image server for the Zoom Project in cooperation with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (http://www.thinker.org/). We are designing a self-maintenance extension to the OS to run on this cluster to mitigate the system administrator's burden. There are several components required for building a self-maintaining system. One is decoupling the time of failure from the time of hardware replacement. This implies the system must have some amount of redundancy, and has no single point of failure. Our system is fully red...
Satoshi Asami, Nisha Talagala, David A. Patterson
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Year 1999
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Authors Satoshi Asami, Nisha Talagala, David A. Patterson
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