Repair for Distributed Storage Systems in Packet Erasure Networks
Reliability is essential for storing files in many applications of distributed storage systems. To maintain reliability, when a storage node fails, a new node should be regenerated by a repair process. Most of the previous results on the repair problem assume perfect (error-free) links in the networks. However, in practice, especially in a wireless network, the transmitted packets (for repair) may be lost due to, e.g., link failure or buffer overflow. The authors study the repair problem of distributed storage systems in packet erasure networks, where a packet loss is modeled as an erasure. The minimum repair-bandwidth, namely the amount of information sent from the surviving nodes to the new node, is established under the ideal assumption of infinite number of packet transmissions.