Distributed Storage Codes With Repair-by-Transfer and Non-Achievability of Interior Points on the Storage-Bandwidth Tradeoff
Regenerating codes are a class of recently developed codes for distributed storage that, like Reed-Solomon codes, permit data recovery from any subset of k nodes within the n-node network. However, regenerating codes possess in addition, the ability to repair a failed node by connecting to an arbitrary subset of d nodes. It has been shown that for the case of functional-repair, there is a tradeoff between the amount of data stored per node and the bandwidth required to repair a failed node. A special case of functional-repair is exact-repair where the replacement node is required to store data identical to that in the failed node. Exact-repair is of interest as it greatly simplifies system implementation.