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Workloads that share a storage system should achieve predictable, controllable performance despite the activities of other workloads. One desirable way of expressing performance goals is as bandwidth guarantees. Unfortunately, storage bandwidth is difficult to allocate and manage among workloads, because total system capacity depends on both the workloads' access patterns and on any interference between them. This paper demonstrates a new approach to supporting soft bandwidth guarantees, building on explicit performance insulation that bounds interference among workloads and its effect on performance and total system capacity.
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