Robust and Flexible Power-Proportional Storage

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Executive Summary

Power-proportional cluster-based storage is an important component of an overall cloud computing infrastructure. With it, substantial subsets of nodes in the storage cluster can be turned off to save power during periods of low utilization. Rabbit is a distributed file system that arranges its data-layout to provide ideal power-proportionality down to very low minimum number of powered-up nodes (Enough to store a primary replica of available datasets). Rabbit addresses the node failure rates of large-scale clusters with data layouts that minimize the number of nodes that must be powered-up if a primary fails. Rabbit also allows different datasets to use different subsets of nodes as a building block for interference avoidance when the infrastructure is shared by multiple tenants.

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