David Kotz and Carla Schlatter Ellis. Caching and Writeback Policies in Parallel File Systems. In Proceedings of the 1991 IEEE Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing (SPDP), pages 60-67, December 1991. IEEE Computer Society Press. DOI 10.1109/SPDP.1991.218296.

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. 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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