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SmartStore: A New Metadata Organization Paradigm with Semantic-Awareness for Next-Generation File Systems
CSE Conference and Workshop Papers
  • Yu Hua, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China
  • Hong Jiang, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Yifeng Zhu, University of Maine, Orono
  • Dan Feng, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China
  • Lei Tian, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Date of this Version
11-1-2009
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Published in SC ‘09: Proceedings of the Conference on High Performance Computing Networking, Storage and Analysis, Portland, Oregon, USA, November 14–20, 2009. Copyright © 2009 ACM. Used by permission.
Abstract

Existing storage systems using hierarchical directory tree do not meet scalability and functionality requirements for exponentially growing datasets and increasingly complex queries in Exabyte-level systems with billions of files. This paper proposes semantic-aware organization, called SmartStore, which exploits metadata semantics of files to judiciously aggregate correlated files into semantic-aware groups by using information retrieval tools. Decentralized design improves system scalability and reduces query latency for complex queries (range and top-k queries), which is conducive to constructing semantic-aware caching, and conventional filename-based query. SmartStore limits search scope of complex query to a single or a minimal number of semantically related groups and avoids or alleviates brute-force search in entire system. Extensive experiments using real-world traces show that SmartStore improves system scalability and reduces query latency over basic database approaches by one thousand times. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study implementing complex queries in large-scale file systems.

Citation Information
Yu Hua, Hong Jiang, Yifeng Zhu, Dan Feng, et al.. "SmartStore: A New Metadata Organization Paradigm with Semantic-Awareness for Next-Generation File Systems" (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/yifeng_zhu/1/