Grid-oriented storage: A single-image, cross-domain, high-bandwidth architecture

Frank Wang, Sining Wu, Na Helian, Michael Andrew Parker, Yike Guo, Yuhui Deng, Vineet Khare

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This paper describes the grid-oriented storage (GOS) architecture and its implementations. A GOS-specific file system (GOS-FS), the single-purpose intent of a GOS OS, and secure interfaces via grid security infrastructure (GSI) motivate and enable this new architecture. As an FTP server, GOS with a slimmed OS, with a total volume of around 150 MB, outperforms the standard GridFTP by 20-40 percent. As a file server, GOS-FS acts as a network/grid interface, enabling a user to perform searches and access resources without downloading them locally. In the real-world tests between Cambridge and Beijing, where the transfer distance is 10,000 km, the multistreamed GOS-FS file opening/saving resulted in a remarkable performance increase of about 2-25 times, compared to the single-streamed network file system (NFSv4). GOS is expected to be a variant of or successor to the well-used network-attached storage …
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)474-487
JournalIEEE Transactions on Computers
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2007


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