Principled Schedulability Analysis for Distributed Storage Systems using Thread Architecture Models


Suli Yang, Ant Financial Services Group; Jing Liu, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, and Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau, UW-Madison


In this paper, we present an approach to systematically examine the schedulability of distributed storage systems, identify their scheduling problems, and enable effective scheduling in these systems. We use Thread Architecture Models (TAMs) to describe the behavior and interactions of different threads in a system, and show both how to construct TAMs for existing systems and utilize TAMs to identify critical scheduling problems. We identify five common problems that prevent a system from providing schedulability and show that these problems arise in existing systems such as HBase, Cassandra, MongoDB, and Riak, making it difficult or impossible to realize various scheduling disciplines. We demonstrate how to address these schedulability problems by developing Tamed-HBase and Muzzled-HBase, sets of modifications to HBase that can realize the desired scheduling disciplines, including fairness and priority scheduling, even when presented with challenging workloads.

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@inproceedings {222577,
author = {Suli Yang and Jing Liu and Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau and Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau},
title = {Principled Schedulability Analysis for Distributed Storage Systems using Thread Architecture Models},
booktitle = {13th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI 18)},
year = {2018},
isbn = {978-1-939133-08-3},
address = {Carlsbad, CA},
pages = {161--176},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = oct

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