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Operating System Support for Space Allocation in Grid Storage Systems

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Operating System Support for Space Allocation in Grid Storage Systems
Abstract-- Shared temporary storage space is often the constraining resource for clusters that serve as execution nodes in wide-area distributed systems. At least one large nationalscale computing grid has reported a failure rate of as high as thirty percent of submitted jobs, often due to accidentally filled shared storage spaces. Previous systems have attacked this problem by adding space allocation to the distributed system interface. However, these allocations are not enforced at the filesystem level, and thus unexpected or unaccounted uses of storage may cause the system to fail. By adding an inexpensive allocation mechanism to the operating system, we may improve the robustness of such systems at minimal cost. In this paper, we an abstract model of space allocation in the file system and explore three implementations of the model: a user-level library, a recursive loopback filesystem, and a modified kernel filesystem. We evaluate the performance and completeness of these implemen...
Douglas Thain
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Type Journal
Year 2006
Where GRID
Authors Douglas Thain
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