2006 USENIX Annual Technical Conference Abstract
Pp. 4356 of the Proceedings
Provenance-Aware Storage Systems
Kiran-Kumar Muniswamy-Reddy, David A. Holland, Uri Braun, and Margo Seltzer, Harvard University
A Provenance-Aware Storage System (PASS) is a storage system
that automatically collects and maintains provenance or
lineage, the complete history or ancestry of an item.
We discuss the advantages of treating provenance as
meta-data collected and maintained by the storage system, rather than
as manual annotations stored in
a separately administered database.
We describe a PASS implementation, discussing the
challenges it presents, performance cost it incurs, and the new functionality
We show that with reasonable overhead, we can provide useful
not available in today's file systems or provenance management systems.
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