IMCa: A High Performance Caching Front-End for GlusterFS on InfiniBand
Source: Ohio State University
With the rapid advances in computing technology, there is an explosion in media that needs to collected, cataloged, stored and accessed. With the speed of disks not keeping pace with the improvements in processor and network speed, the ability of network file systems to provide data to demanding applications at an appropriate rate is diminishing. In this paper, the authors propose to enhance the performance of network file systems by providing an InterMediate bank of Cache servers between the client and server called (IMCa). Whenever possible, file system operations from the client are serviced from the cache bank. They evaluate IMCa with a number of different benchmarks.