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Enhancing data availability in disk drives through background activities

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Enhancing data availability in disk drives through background activities
Latent sector errors in disk drives affect only a few data sectors. They occur silently and are detected only when the affected area is accessed again. If a latent error is detected while the storage system is operating under reduced redundancy, i.e., during a RAID rebuild, then data loss may occur. Various features such as scrubbing and intra-disk data redundancy are proposed to detect and/or recover from latent errors and avoid data loss. While such features enhance data availability in the storage system, their execution may cause performance degradation. In this paper, we evaluate the effectiveness of scrubbing and intra-disk data redundancy in improving data availability while the overall goal is to maintain user performance within predefined bounds. We show that by treating them as low priority background activities and scheduling them efficiently during idle times, these features remain performance-wise transparent to the storage system user while still improving data reliabi...
Ningfang Mi, Alma Riska, Evgenia Smirni, Erik Ried
Added 29 May 2010
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Year 2008
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Authors Ningfang Mi, Alma Riska, Evgenia Smirni, Erik Riedel
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