Storage management of data-intensive computing systems

Yiqi Xu, Florida International University


Computing systems are becoming increasingly data-intensive because of the explosion of data and the needs for processing the data, and storage management is critical to application performance in such data-intensive computing systems. However, existing resource management frameworks in these systems lack the support for storage management, which causes unpredictable performance degradations when applications are under I/O contention. Storage management of data-intensive systems is a challenging problem because I/O resources cannot be easily partitioned and distributed storage systems require scalable management. This dissertation presents the solutions to address these challenges for typical data-intensive systems including high-performance computing (HPC) systems and big-data systems. For HPC systems, the dissertation presents vPFS, a performance virtualization layer for parallel file system (PFS) based storage systems. It employs user-level PFS proxies to interpose and schedule parallel I/Os on a per-application basis. Based on this framework, it enables SFQ(D)+, a new proportional-share scheduling algorithm which allows diverse applications with good performance isolation and resource utilization. To manage an HPC system’s total I/O service, it also provides two complementary synchronization schemes to coordinate the scheduling of large numbers of storage nodes in a scalable manner. For big-data systems, the dissertation presents IBIS, an interposition-based big-data I/O scheduler. By interposing the different I/O phases of big-data applications, it schedules the I/Os transparently to the applications. It enables a new proportional-share scheduling algorithm, SFQ(D2), to address the dynamics of the underlying storage by adaptively adjusting the I/O concurrency. Moreover, it employs a scalable broker to coordinate the distributed I/O schedulers and provide proportional sharing of a big-data system’s total I/O service. Experimental evaluations show that these solutions have low-overhead and provide strong I/O performance isolation. For example, vPFS’ overhead is less than 3% in through- put and it delivers proportional sharing within 96% of the target for diverse workloads; and IBIS provides up to 99% better performance isolation for WordCount and 30% better proportional slowdown for TeraSort and TeraGen than native YARN.

Subject Area

Computer science

Recommended Citation

Xu, Yiqi, "Storage management of data-intensive computing systems" (2016). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI10255675.