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Proceedings of IEEE 14th Symposium on Mass Storage Systems

11-14 Sept. 1995

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  • Proceedings of IEEE 14th Symposium on Mass Storage Systems

    Publication Year: 1995
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  • Data management at CERN: current status and future trends

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):174 - 181
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    The European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) straddles the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. The accelerator that is currently in operation, LEP, entered service in 1989 and is expected to run until the end of the current millennium. The recently approved Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, which will coexist with LEP in the existing tunnel, is scheduled to start operation in 2004. This new facil... View full abstract»

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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 1995
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  • Virtual storage architecture guide (VSAG)

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):312 - 326
    Cited by:  Papers (1)  |  Patents (16)
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    The VSAG expands on the virtual storage concepts of the IEEE Mass Storage Systems Reference Model (MSSRM), version 5. The intended outcome of the VSAG is to provide a framework for the VSS standard that will enable software vendors to develop and deploy interoperable virtual storage management products. The VSAG provides a model for: a single storage image of diverse technologies in a multivendor ... View full abstract»

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  • IMACTS: an interactive, multiterabyte image archive

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):146 - 161
    Cited by:  Papers (3)  |  Patents (10)
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    Efficient softcopy access to future intelligence imagery archives will require novel applications of a wide range of imaging technologies for mass storage, communications, pixel management, and database access. Many of the necessary hardware technologies to realize massive all-softcopy archives are just now emerging. Examples include hierarchical mass storage systems capable of storing multipetaby... View full abstract»

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  • The IEEE Storage System Standards Working Group overview and status

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):306 - 311
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    A brief description is presented of the IEEE Reference Model for Open Storage Systems Interconnection (OSSI), approved for public review by vote of the IEEE Storage System Standards Working Group (SSSWG, Project 1244) in September 1994. Minor differences between the OSSI Model and the Mass Storage System Reference Model (MSSRM) Version 5 introduced in April 1993 at the Twelfth IEEE Symposium on Ma... View full abstract»

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  • Silicon microstructures and microactuators for compact computer disk drives

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):350 - 356
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    It is projected that in another five years, the industry will be capable of delivering credit-card size gigabyte disk drive cartridges at about 10 cents per megabyte. At UCLA and Caltech, we believe silicon micromachining technology will play an important role in the fabrication of high-bandwidth, servo-controlled miniaturized microelectromechanical components for such super-high-capacity, super-c... View full abstract»

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  • Experiences from NASA/Langley's DMSS Project

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):182 - 189
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    There is a trend in institutions with high-performance computing and data management requirements to explore mass storage systems with peripherals directly attached to a high-speed network. The Distributed Mass Storage System (DMSS) Project at the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) has placed such a system into production use. This paper describes the DMSS system and relates experiences from prod... View full abstract»

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  • The parallel I/O architecture of the high-performance storage system (HPSS)

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):27 - 44
    Cited by:  Papers (31)  |  Patents (13)
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    Datasets up to terabyte size and petabyte total capacities have created a serious imbalance between I/O and storage-system performance and system functionality. One promising approach is the use of parallel data-transfer techniques for client access to storage, peripheral-to-peripheral transfers, and remote file transfers. This paper describes the parallel I/O architecture and mechanisms, parallel... View full abstract»

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  • Multikey index support for tuple sets on parallel mass storage systems

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):136 - 145
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    The development and evaluation of a tuple set manager (TSM) based on multikey index data structures is a main part of the PARABASE project at the University of Vienna. The TSM provides access to parallel mass storage systems using tuple sets instead of conventional files as the central data structure for application programs. A proof-of-concept prototype TSM is already implemented and operational ... View full abstract»

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  • Analysis of striping techniques in robotic storage libraries

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):225 - 238
    Cited by:  Papers (11)  |  Patents (1)
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    In recent years advances in computational speed have been the main focus of research and development in high performance computing. In comparison, the improvement in I/O performance has been modest. Faster processing speeds have created a need for faster I/O as well as for the storage and retrieval of vast amounts of data. The technology needed to develop these mass storage systems exists today. R... View full abstract»

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  • A framework for understanding large scale digital storage systems

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):293 - 304
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    The digital revolution is now underway. The use of binary zeros and ones to store data is increasing at a steady rate. They may represent text, images, pictures, sounds, maps, books, music, instructions, programs, or just about anything else which can be represented digitally. As the sizes of the digital data holdings have continued to grow, so too has the need to provide meaningful access to this... View full abstract»

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  • Management issues for High-Performance Storage Systems

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):336 - 348
    Cited by:  Papers (1)  |  Patents (7)
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    Managing distributed high-performance storage systems is complex and, although sharing common ground with traditional network and systems management, presents unique storage-related issues. Integration technologies and frameworks exist to help manage distributed network and system environments. Industry-driven consortia provide open forums where vendors and users cooperate to leverage solutions. B... View full abstract»

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  • Changing horses in mid-stream (or, how do you follow one of the most successful acts in mass storage?)

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):2 - 10
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    The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) has for many years operated a large mass-storage system based on CFS/DataTree. The CFS system will need replacement before the end of the decade, and ECMWF accordingly embarked on a study of available systems which might be suitable. What we found was that, for various reasons, none of the systems available on the market met our needs.... View full abstract»

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  • Physical volume library deadlock avoidance in a striped media environment

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):54 - 64
    Cited by:  Papers (3)
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    Most modern high performance storage systems store data in large repositories of removable media volumes. Management of the removable volumes is performed by a software module known as a physical volume library (PVL). To meet performance and scalability requirements, a PVL can be asked to mount multiple removable media volumes for use by a single client for parallel data transfer. Mounting sets of... View full abstract»

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  • Storage systems for movies-on-demand video servers

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):246 - 256
    Cited by:  Papers (6)  |  Patents (6)
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    We evaluate storage system alternatives for movies-on-demand video servers. We begin by characterizing the movies-on-demand workload. We briefly discuss performance in disk arrays. First, we study disk farms in which one movie is stored per disk. This is a simple scheme, but it wastes substantial disk bandwidth, because disks holding less popular movies are underutilized; also, good performance re... View full abstract»

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  • Deterministic load-balancing schemes for disk-based video-on-demand storage servers

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):17 - 25
    Cited by:  Papers (11)  |  Patents (88)
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    A video-on-demand (VOD) storage server is a parallel, storage-centric system used for playing a large number of relatively slow streams of compressed digitized video and audio concurrently. Data is read from disks in relatively large chunks, and is then “streamed” out onto a distribution network. The primary design goal is to maximize the ratio of the number of concurrent streams to sy... View full abstract»

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  • Caching and migration for multilevel persistent object stores

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):127 - 135
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    We propose an architecture for scalable persistent object managers that provide access to large numbers of objects distributed over a variety of physical media. Our approach is lightweight in that we are interested in providing direct support for the creation, access, and updating of persistent objects, but only indirect support for the other functions traditionally associated with an object orien... View full abstract»

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  • An approximate performance model of a Unitree mass storage system

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):210 - 224
    Cited by:  Papers (4)  |  Patents (2)
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    Mass storage systems are finding greater use in scientific computing research environments for retrieving and archiving the large volumes of data generated and manipulated by scientific computation. The paper presents a queuing network model that can be used to carry out capacity planning studies of the Unitree mass storage system. Measurements taken on an existing system and a detailed workload c... View full abstract»

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  • Distributed access system for uniform and scalable data and service access

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):284 - 292
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    Computational modeling systems (CMS) are designed to resolve many of the shortcomings associated with systems currently employed in providing support for a wide range of scientific modeling applications. We identify the requirements of a “reasonable” CMS and identify the requirements of Amazonia, a CMS intended to support modeling in large-scale earth science research. Amazonia has bee... View full abstract»

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  • Client/server data serving for high-performance computing

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):107 - 119
    Cited by:  Papers (1)  |  Patents (2)
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    This paper will attempt to examine the industry requirements for shared network data storage and sustained highspeed (tens to thousands of megabytes per second) network data serving via the NFS and FTP protocol suite. It will discuss the current structural and architectural impediments to achieving these sorts of data rates cost-effectively on many general-purpose servers, and will describe an arc... View full abstract»

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  • The Data Management Applications Programming Interface

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):327 - 335
    Cited by:  Papers (2)  |  Patents (8)
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    Many data management applications such as hierarchical storage management, file backup, and others often require special hooks in the operating system to function. Most third-party vendors of these applications have had no choice but to modify the OS kernel on each platform they wish to support. To address this problem, the Data Management Interfaces Group (DMIG), a collection of OS, filesystem, a... View full abstract»

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  • Scientific data management in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):162 - 172
    Cited by:  Patents (4)
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    The Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) is currently under construction at Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) for the US Department of Energy (DOE). This laboratory will be used for molecular and environmental sciences research to identify comprehensive solutions to DOE's environmental problems. Major facilities within the EMSL include the Molecular Sciences Computing Facility (MSCF... View full abstract»

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  • A supercomputer system interconnect and scalable IOS

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):357 - 367
    Cited by:  Papers (1)  |  Patents (1)
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    The evolution of system architectures and system configurations has created the need for a new supercomputer system interconnect. Attributes required of the new interconnect include commonality among system and subsystem types, scalability, low latency, high bandwidth, a high level of resiliency, and flexibility. Cray Research Inc. is developing a new system channel to meet these interconnect requ... View full abstract»

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  • Implementation of a campus-wide distributed mass storage service: the dream vs. reality

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):190 - 199
    Cited by:  Patents (373)
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    In 1990, a technical team at NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, began defining a mass storage service to provide long-term archival storage, short-term storage for very large files, distributed NFS access, and backup services for critical data that resides on workstations and PCs. Because of software availability and budgets, the total service was phased in over three years. During the p... View full abstract»

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