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Exploring data reliability tradeoffs in replicated storage systems Gharaibeh, Abdullah Hassan


This thesis explores the feasibility of a cost-efficient storage architecture that offers the reliability and access performance characteristics of a high-end system. This architecture exploits two opportunities: First, scavenging idle storage from LAN-connected desktops not only offers a low-cost storage space, but also high I/O throughput by aggregating the I/O channels of the participating nodes. Second, the two components of data reliability – durability and availability – can be decoupled to control overall system cost. To capitalize on these opportunities, we integrate two types of components: volatile, scavenged storage and dedicated, yet low-bandwidth durable storage. On the one hand, the durable storage forms a low-cost back-end that enables the system to restore the data the volatile nodes may lose. On the other hand, the volatile nodes provide a high-throughput front-end. While integrating these components has the potential to offer a unique combination of high throughput, low cost, and durability, a number of concerns need to be addressed to architect and correctly provision the system. To this end, we develop analytical- and simulation-based tools to evaluate the impact of system characteristics (e.g., bandwidth limitations on the durable and the volatile nodes) and design choices (e.g., replica placement scheme) on data availability and the associated system costs (e.g., maintenance traffic). Further, we implement and evaluate a prototype of the proposed architecture: a GridFTP server that aggregates volatile resources. Our evaluation demonstrates an impressive, up to 800MBps transfer throughput for the new GridFTP service.

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