Memory allocation in distributed storage networks

Mohsen Sardari, Ricardo Restrepo, Faramarz Fekri, Emina Soljanin

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We consider the problem of distributing a file in a network of storage nodes whose storage budget is limited but at least equals the size file. We first generate T encoded symbols (from the file) which are then distributed among the nodes. We investigate the optimal allocation of T encoded packets to the storage nodes such that the probability of reconstructing the file by using any r out of n nodes is maximized. Since the optimal allocation of encoded packets is difficult to find in general, we find another objective function which well approximates the original problem and yet is easier to optimize. We find the optimal symmetric allocation for all coding redundancy constraints using the equivalent approximate problem. We also investigate the optimal allocation in random graphs. Finally, we provide simulations to verify the theoretical results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2010 - Proceedings
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event2010 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2010 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 13 2010Jun 18 2010

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8103


Other2010 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAustin, TX

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


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