Storage

Sequential Prefetch Cache Sizing for Maximal Hit Rate

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Executive Summary

The authors propose a prefetch cache sizing module for use with any sequential prefetching scheme and evaluate its impact on the hit rate. Disk array caches perform sequential prefetching by loading data contiguous to I/O request data into the array cache. If the I/O workload has sequential locality, then data pre-fetched in response to sequential accesses in the workload will receive hits. Different schemes prefetch different data, so the prefetch cache size requirement varies. Moreover, the proportion of sequential and random requests in the workload and their interleaving pattern affects the size requirement. If the cache is too small, then prefetched data would get evicted from the cache before a request for the data arrives, thus lowering the hit rate.

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