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Improving Storage System Availability with D-GRAID

Muthian Sivathanu, Vijayan Prabhakaran, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison


We present the design, implementation, and evaluation of D-GRAID, a gracefully-degrading and quickly-recovering RAID storage array. D-GRAID ensures that most files within the file system remain available even when an unexpectedly high number of faults occur. D-GRAID achieves high availability through aggressive replication of semantically critical data, and fault-isolated placement of logically related data. D-GRAID also recovers from failures quickly, restoring only live file system data to a hot spare. Both graceful degradation and fault-isolated placement are implemented in a prototype SCSI-based storage system underneath unmodified file systems, demonstrating that powerful ``file-system like'' functionality can be implemented within a ``semantically-smart'' disk system behind a narrow block-based interface.

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