Using active NVRAM for cloud I/O

Sudarsun Kannan, Dejan Milojicic, Vanish Talwar, Ada Gavrilovska, Karsten Schwan, Hasan Abbasi

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A well-known problem for large scale cloud applications is how to scale their I/O performance. While next generation storage class memories like phase change memory and Memristors offer potential for high I/O bandwidths, if left unchecked, the raw volumes and rates of I/O already present in current cloud applications can quickly overwhelm future I/O infrastructures. This fact is motivating research on 'data staging' in which I/O and data movement actions are enhanced with computations that process data before or while moving it across I/O channels - in situ - to filter or reduce it, to better organize it for subsequent access (e.g., by other applications as in coupled codes), or to analyze it to quickly derive important insights about the application producing those large data volumes. This paper proposes a technique that uses and exploits 'Active NVRAM' (non volatile memory) for staging I/O. Active NVRAMs are node-local NVRAMs that are embedded with a low power system-on-chip compute element. These active compute elements can be used to operate on output data asynchronously with the tasks performed by computational node elements, to reduce data or to perform some of the data processing required for data analytics before data is moved to longer term storage. The paper describes the Active NVRAM design, sample ways in which it is used for I/O acceleration, and initial performance results evaluating the opportunities for and limitations of the Active NVRAM approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2011 6th Open Cirrus Summit, OCS 2011
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780769546506
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Event2011 6th Open Cirrus Summit, OCS 2011 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2011Oct 13 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2011 6th Open Cirrus Summit, OCS 2011


Other2011 6th Open Cirrus Summit, OCS 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software


  • Cloud
  • In-situ processing


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