Data Centers

Everest: Scaling Down Peak Loads Through I/O Off-Loading

Download Now Free registration required

Executive Summary

Bursts in data center workloads are a real problem for storage subsystems. Data volumes can experience peak I/O request rates that are over an order of magnitude higher than average load. This requires significant over provisioning, and often still results in significant I/O request latency during peaks. In order to address this problem the authors propose Everest, which allows data written to an overloaded volume to be temporarily off-loaded into a short-term virtual store. Everest creates the short-term store by opportunistically pooling underutilized storage resources either on a server or across servers within the data center. Writes are temporarily off-loaded from overloaded volumes to lightly loaded volumes, thereby reducing the I/O load on the former.

  • Format: PDF
  • Size: 2294.8 KB