Pangolin: A Fault-Tolerant Persistent Memory Programming Library

Authors: 

Lu Zhang and Steven Swanson, UC San Diego

Abstract: 

Non-volatile main memory (NVMM) allows programmers to build complex, persistent, pointer-based data structures that can offer substantial performance gains over conventional approaches to managing persistent state. This programming model removes the file system from the critical path which improves performance, but it also places these data structures out of reach of file system-based fault tolerance mechanisms (e.g., block-based checksums or erasure coding). Without fault-tolerance, using NVMM to hold critical data will be much less attractive.

This paper presents Pangolin, a fault-tolerant persistent object library designed for NVMM. Pangolin uses a combination of checksums, parity, and micro-buffering to protect an application's objects from both media errors and corruption due to software bugs. It provides these protections for objects of any size and supports automatic, online detection of data corruption and recovery. The required storage overhead is small (1% for gigabyte-sized pools of NVMM). Pangolin provides stronger protection, requires orders of magnitude less storage overhead, and achieves comparable performance relative to the current state-of-the-art fault-tolerant persistent object library.

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BibTeX
@inproceedings {235000,
author = {Lu Zhang and Steven Swanson},
title = {Pangolin: A Fault-Tolerant Persistent Memory Programming Library},
booktitle = {2019 {USENIX} Annual Technical Conference ({USENIX} {ATC} 19)},
year = {2019},
isbn = {978-1-939133-03-8},
address = {Renton, WA},
pages = {897--912},
url = {https://www.usenix.org/conference/atc19/presentation/zhang-lu},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},
month = jul,
}

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