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IEEE Cluster 2013 Conference
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Wednesday, September 25 • 4:00pm - 4:25pm
A Cost-Aware Region-Level Data Placement Scheme for Hybrid Parallel I/O Systems

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Parallel I/O systems represent the most commonly used engineering solution to mitigate the performance mismatch between CPU and disk performance; however, parallel I/O systems are application dependent and may not work well for certain data access requests. Newly emerged solid state drives (SSD) are able delivering better performance but incur a high monetary cost. While SSDs cannot always replace HDDs, the hybrid SSD-HDD approach uniquely addresses common performance issues in parallel I/O systems. The hybrid SSD-HDD architecture depends on the utilization of the SSD and scheduling of data placement. In this paper, we propose a cost-aware region-level (CARL) data placement scheme for hybrid parallel I/O systems. CARL divides large files into several small regions and selectively places regions with high access cost onto the SSD-based file servers where the region costs are calculated according to data access patterns. We have implemented CARL under MPI-IO and the PVFS2 parallel file system environment. Experimental results of representative benchmarks show that CARL is both feasible and able to improve I/O performance significantly.


Wednesday September 25, 2013 4:00pm - 4:25pm
08th Floor - Circle City 08 (Hilton) 120 W. Market St, Indianapolis, IN