Ceph Programmability in EuroSys 2017

February 27, 2017

The submission by CROSS researchers to EurorSys 2017 was accepted.
Michael A. Sevilla, Noah Watkins, Ivo Jimenez, Peter Alvaro, Shel Finkelstein, Jeff LeFevre, Carlos Maltzahn, “Malacology: A Programmable Storage System,” EuroSys 2017, Belgrade, Serbia, April 23-26, 2017.

Article Abstract:

Storage systems are caught between the need to evolve data processing applications efficiently and quickly, and the increasing velocity with which storage device technology evolves. This puts tremendous pressure on storage systems to support rapid change both in terms of their interfaces and their performance. But adapting storage systems can be difficult because unprincipled changes might jeopardize years of code-hardening and performance optimization efforts that were necessary for users to entrust their data to the storage system. We introduce the programmable storage approach, which exposes internal services and abstractions of the storage stack as building blocks for higher-level services. We also build a prototype to explore how existing abstractions of common storage system services can be leveraged to adapt to the needs of new data processing systems and the increasing variety of storage devices. We illustrate the advantages and challenges of this approach by composing existing internal abstractions into two new higher-level services: a file system metadata load balancer and a high-performance distributed shared-log. The evaluation demonstrates that our services inherit desirable qualities of the back-end storage system, including the ability to balance load, efficiently propagate service metadata, recover from failure, and navigate trade-offs between latency and throughput using leases.

See also http://programmability.us.

This research is partially funded by the Center for Research in Open Source Software (CROSS), DOE award DE-SC0016074, and NSF award 1450488.