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[1993] Proceedings Twelfth IEEE Symposium on Mass Storage systems

26-29 April 1993

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  • Proceedings of 12th IEEE Symposium on Mass Storage Systems

    Publication Year: 1993
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  • The emerging storage management paradigm

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):101 - 110
    Cited by:  Papers (4)  |  Patents (4)
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    The authors present a summary of important challenges in managing and addressing the data of large commercial and governmental installations and the solutions that are arising from industry, national laboratories, and standards organizations. These issues are viewed from the perspective of a shift away from the paradigm of centralized, sequential storage systems toward a new paradigm of distribute... View full abstract»

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  • Los Alamos HPDS: high-speed data transfer

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):111 - 118
    Cited by:  Papers (6)  |  Patents (7)
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    The authors describe the Los Alamos High-Performance Data System (HPDS), which is being developed to meet data-storage and data-access requirements of Grand Challenge and National Security problems running in a high-performance computing environment. HPDS is a fourth-generation data storage system in which storage devices are directly connected to a network, data are transferred directly between c... View full abstract»

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  • The MaSSIVE project at NCAR

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):119 - 125
    Cited by:  Papers (2)  |  Patents (1)
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    The Mass Storage System IV Enterprise (MaSSIVE), a fourth-generation mass-storage system being designed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), is described. A bitfile managed by MaSSIVE can be a complete, self-contained UNIX file system, specific to a particular MaSSIVE client. MaSSIVE will stage whole file systems from archival storage onto on-line storage devices and then provid... View full abstract»

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  • System architectures using Fibre Channel

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):251 - 256
    Cited by:  Papers (1)  |  Patents (22)
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    The author chronicles an apparent stagnation in the design and development of the channel interfaces which connect to primarily disk and tape mass storage peripherals, and explores the effect of this stagnation on the architectures of current computer systems. He notes that the traditional distributed system architectures and the concept of standard slots are increasingly becoming the roadblocks t... View full abstract»

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  • An AFS-based supercomputing environment

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):127 - 132
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    The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has been using the Andrew File System (AFS) to integrate its supercomputing environment. Work has been completed to make AFS the PSC's primary, permanent file-storage system. The PSC is using many of the components of this system in production. The PSC has extended AFS to meet its mass storage needs. These extensions include adding archival services to th... View full abstract»

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  • Striped tape arrays

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):257 - 265
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    How data striping ideas apply to arrays of magnetic tape drives is being investigated. Data striping increases throughput and reduces response time for large accesses to a storage system. Striped magnetic tape systems are particularly appealing because many inexpensive magnetic tape drives have low bandwidth. Striping may offer dramatic performance improvements for these systems. Several important... View full abstract»

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  • Integrating mass storage and file systems

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):133 - 138
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    The authors describe current and anticipated work at the Center for Information Technology Integration at the University of Michigan in developing and integrating mass storage with distributed file systems, specifically with the Andrew File System (AFS). They present a specific approach to integrating AFS with mass storage: they consider the mass store itself to be the file system, not a bag on th... View full abstract»

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  • Electronic archiving for radiology image management systems

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):9 - 18
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    It is pointed out that the use of electronic archiving in a radiology department must be supported by image acquisition modes, high data rate local area networks, ultrahigh-resolution gray-scale display workstations, and hard-copy image recording stations. The requirements for mass storage of radiographic images and the required support system are presented. The electronic archiving of all radiogr... View full abstract»

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  • Re-defining the storage hierarchy: an ultra-fast magneto-optical disk drive

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):267 - 274
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    Asaca Corporation has developed a multibeam, magneto-optical disk drive with a native 12.24 Mbyte/second transfer rate. Originally developed for video broadcasting, it is now being adapted for the computer mass data storage market. A SCSI-2 interface is currently being developed to attach the drive and its related auto-changer to a high-performance computer as components of a network-attached, hie... View full abstract»

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  • Hierarchical storage management for relational databases

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):139 - 144
    Cited by:  Papers (3)  |  Patents (7)
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    The author describes a prototype that integrates a database management system (DBMS) with a storage management system, allowing simple, cost-effective access to large volumes of data stored in a tape archive. The prototype study suggests that it is feasible from both technical and cost perspectives to store not just metadata, but large satellite images in a DBMS. The actual location of the data, w... View full abstract»

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  • Requirements for hierarchical storage management at AT&T Bell Laboratories

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):19 - 24
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    The author describes the computing environment and requirements for a hierarchical storage management (HSM) product within the AT&T Bell Laboratories. He first describes the data storage services provided within AT&T Bell Laboratories. Next, he describes the application environment of some of the major UTS and workstation customers. The applications considered include UTS-based software de... View full abstract»

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  • High-performance data transfers using network-attached peripherals at the National Storage Laboratory

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):275 - 284
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    One of the main goals of the National Storage Laboratory (NSL) is to advance the state-of-the-art of network-attached, high-performance storage architectures and to relate this experience back to the IEEE Storage System Standards Working Group (SSSWP). The work to date has concentrated on high-speed data transfers directly between storage devices and client processors (supercomputers, high-perform... View full abstract»

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  • Distributed Information Storage Architecture

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):145 - 155
    Cited by:  Papers (1)  |  Patents (31)
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    The authors describe the Distributed Information Storage Architecture (DISA) defined and prototyped at Hewlett-Packard by the Networked Systems Architecture organization. In the first phase of the project, an architecture framework was defined that isolated storage-management functions from database and file-management systems. The idea was to identify and encapsulate functions related to the pers... View full abstract»

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  • Providing mass data storage and retrieval services in an application-specific environment

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):25 - 30
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    The provision of mass data storage and retrieval services for the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading, UK, is discussed. Needing a major data repository system, ECMWF started in 1983 to work with the common file system (CFS) from Los Alamos. The system entered production at the end of 1984, and in October 1992 held approximately 7.5 terabytes of data. A separate p... View full abstract»

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  • A proof-of-concept implementation interfacing an object manager with a hierarchical storage system

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):209 - 213
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    The feasibility of providing transparent access to a collection of persistent, complex objects was investigated. An architecture for interfacing a persistent store of complex objects to a hierarchical storage system is described. Persistent-object stores support the uniform creation, storage, and access of complex objects, regardless of their lifetimes. In other words, a mechanism is provided by w... View full abstract»

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  • A spacecraft mass storage optical disk system

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):285 - 290
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    NASA (the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has established a program to develop a high-performance (high-rate, large-capacity) optical disk recorder. An expandable, adaptable system concept is proposed based on disk drive modules and a modular controller. Drive performance goals are ten gigabyte capacity, 300 megabit per second transfer rate, 10-12 corrected bit error r... View full abstract»

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  • HighLight: a file system for tertiary storage

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):157 - 161
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    HighLight, a file system combining secondary disk storage and tertiary robotic storage that is being developed as part of the Sequoia 200 Project, is described. HighLight is an extension of the 4.4BSD log-structured file system (LFS), which provides hierarchical storage management without requiring any special support from applications. The authors present HighLight's design and various policies f... View full abstract»

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  • Toward a standard IEEE Mover

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):63 - 66
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    It is noted that, since the early work on the IEEE Mass Storage System Reference Model (MSSRM) in the fall of 1983, mover functionality was recognized as an important part of a data storage system. After giving a brief overview of the Version 4 Mover, the changes and enhancements worked out by the Mover Subcommittee in the process of upgrading the Mover to Version 5, along with the rationale for t... View full abstract»

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  • Requirements for a system to analyze high energy physics events using database computing

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):31 - 36
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    The authors describe the requirements for the design and prototyping of an object-oriented database designed to analyze data in high energy physics (HEP). The goal is to satisfy the data processing and analysis needs of a generic HEP experiment to be proposed for the Superconducting SuperCollider (SSC). The experiment requires the collection and analysis of between 100 million and one billion sets... View full abstract»

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  • Optimizing mass storage organization and access for multi-dimensional scientific data

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):215 - 219
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    A critical issue for scientific investigators is ready access to the large volume of data generated by large-scale supercomputer simulations and physical experiments. The authors describe the current status of a collaborative effort which focuses on managing data produced by climate modeling applications. The project is aimed at significantly improving the accessibility and ease of use of large sc... View full abstract»

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  • A test bed for a high-performance file server

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):169 - 174
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    The authors outline the design concepts and issues being explored, using a large-scale, high-performance file server, in the High Performance File Server (HPFS) test bed at the US Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC) at the University of Minnesota. They present the implementation of a variety of concepts described in the Mass Storage System Reference Model, and being developed ... View full abstract»

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  • The IEEE Storage System Standards Working Group Physical Volume Repository

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):87 - 97
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    The author describes the current status of the Physical Volume Repository (PVR) development and some of the issues that the PVR subcommittee is studying. The PVR, a module of the IEEE Mass Storage System Reference Model, is responsible for managing removable media volumes stored at a single location. Its architecture is that of a server which provides either manual or automated removable media ser... View full abstract»

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  • Network Storage Service usage characteristics

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):241 - 246
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    A study of the usage of the UNIX-based Network Storage Service (NSS) at Sandia National Laboratories is described. This NSS usage characterization study was conducted to determine how the NSS is being used and to identify opportunities to improve its usage. The determination of the NSS usage characteristics was made possible by the collection of File Transport Protocol (FTP) and Network File Syste... View full abstract»

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  • Data management requirements for high energy physics in the year 2000

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):3 - 8
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    It is noted that the data storage and management requirements of future high energy physics (HEP) experiments, such as those planned for the Large Hadron Collider or the Superconducting Supercollider, will greatly exceed those of current experiments. A global requirement for the storage of 10 to 100 petabytes of new HEP data per year is foreseen. The author discusses the lessons learned from exist... View full abstract»

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