Fair Resource Allocation in Consolidated Flash Systems


Wonil Choi, Bhuvan Urgaonkar, and Mahmut Kandemir, Pennsylvania State University; Myoungsoo Jung, KAIST


We argue that, along with bandwidth and capacity, lifetime of flash devices is also a critical resource that needs to be explicitly and carefully managed, especially in emerging consolidated environments. We study the resulting multi-resource allocation problem in a setting where "fairness" across consolidated workloads is desired. Towards this, we propose to adapt the well-known notion of dominant resource fairness (DRF). We empirically show that using DRF with only bandwidth and capacity (and ignoring lifetime) may result in poor device lifetime. Incorporating lifetime, however, turns out to be non-trivial. We identify key challenges in this adaptation and present simple heuristics. We also discuss possible design choices which will be fully explored in future work.

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@inproceedings {234737,
author = {Wonil Choi and Bhuvan Urgaonkar and Mahmut Kandemir and Myoungsoo Jung},
title = {Fair Resource Allocation in Consolidated Flash Systems},
booktitle = {11th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Storage and File Systems (HotStorage 19)},
year = {2019},
address = {Renton, WA},
url = {https://www.usenix.org/conference/hotstorage19/presentation/choi},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = jul,