David Kotz and Carla Schlatter Ellis. Caching and Writeback Policies in Parallel File Systems. Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, 17(1-2):140-145, January and February 1993. DOI 10.1006/jpdc.1993.1012.

Abstract: Improvements in the processing speed of multiprocessors are outpacing improvements in the speed of disk hardware. Parallel disk I/O subsystems have been proposed as one way to close the gap between processor and disk speeds. Such parallel disk systems require parallel file system software to avoid performance-limiting bottlenecks. We discuss cache management techniques that can be used in a parallel file system implementation for multiprocessors with scientific workloads. We examine several writeback policies, and give results of experiments that test their performance.

Keywords: parallel computing, file system, parallel-IO

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