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Opportunistic Log: Efficient Installation Reads in a Reliable Storage Server

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Opportunistic Log: Efficient Installation Reads in a Reliable Storage Server
In a distributed storage system, client caches managed on the basis of small granularity objects can provide better memory utilization then page-based caches. However, object servers, unlike page servers, must perform additional disk reads. These installation reads are required to install modified objects onto their corresponding disk pages. The opportunistic log is a new technique that significantly reduces the cost of installationreads. It defers the installation reads, removing them from the modification commit path, and manages a large pool of pending installation reads that can be scheduled efficiently. Using simulations, we show that the opportunistic log substantiallyenhances the I/O performance of reliable storage servers. An object server without the opportunistic log requires much better client caching to outperform a page server. With an opportunistic log, only a small client cache improvement suffices. Our results imply that efficient scheduling of installation reads can s...
James O'Toole, Liuba Shrira
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Type Conference
Year 1994
Where OSDI
Authors James O'Toole, Liuba Shrira
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