Similarity and Locality based Indexing for High Performance Data Deduplication

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Executive Summary

Data deduplication has gained increasing attention and popularity as a space-efficient approach in backup storage systems. One of the main challenges for centralized data deduplication is the scalability of fingerprint-index search. In this paper, the authors propose SiLo, a near-exact and scalable deduplication system that effectively and complementarily exploits similarity and locality of data streams to achieve high duplicate elimination, throughput, and well balanced load at extremely low RAM overhead. The main idea behind SiLo is to expose and exploit more similarity by grouping strongly correlated small files into a segment and segmenting large files, and to leverage the locality in the data stream by grouping contiguous segments into blocks to capture similar and duplicate data missed by the probabilistic similarity detection.

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