Spyglass: Fast, Scalable Metadata Search for Large-Scale Storage Systems

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Executive Summary

The scale of today's storage systems has made it increasingly difficult to find and manage files. To address this, the authors have developed Spyglass, a file metadata search system that is specially designed for large-scale storage systems. Using an optimized design, guided by an analysis of real-world metadata traces and a user study, Spyglass allows fast, complex searches over file metadata to help users and administrators better understand and manage their files. Spyglass achieves fast, scalable performance through the use of several novel metadata search techniques that exploit metadata search properties.

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