GIFT: A Coupon Based Throttle-and-Reward Mechanism for Fair and Efficient I/O Bandwidth Management on Parallel Storage Systems

Authors: 

Tirthak Patel, Northeastern University; Rohan Garg, Nutanix; Devesh Tiwari, Northeastern University

Abstract: 

Large-scale parallel applications are highly data-intensive and perform terabytes of I/O routinely. Unfortunately, on a large-scale system where multiple applications run concurrently, I/O contention negatively affects system efficiency and causes unfair bandwidth allocation among applications. To address these challenges, this paper introduces GIFT, a principled dynamic approach to achieve fairness among competing applications and improve system efficiency.

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