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Implementation and Performance of Application-Controlled File Caching

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Implementation and Performance of Application-Controlled File Caching
Traditional le system implementations do not allow applications to control le caching replacement decisions. We have implemented two-level replacement, a scheme that allows applications to control their own cache replacement, while letting the kernel control the allocation of cache space among processes. We designed an interface to let applications exert control on replacement via a set of directives to the kernel. This is eective and requires low overhead. We demonstrate that for applications that do not perform well under traditional caching policies, the combination of good application-chosen replacement strategies, and our kernel allocation policy LRU-SP, can reduce the number of block I/Os by up to 80%, and can reduce the elapsed time by up to 45%. We also show that LRU-SP is crucial to the performance improvement for multiple concurrent applications: LRUSP fairly distributes cache blocks and oers protection against foolish applications.
Pei Cao, Edward W. Felten, Kai Li
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Type Conference
Year 1994
Where OSDI
Authors Pei Cao, Edward W. Felten, Kai Li
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