Public Thesis defense - ICTEAM


30 mai 2022



Sal C, Electrum, Kungl Tekniska högskolan, Kistagången 16, Kista

Accelerating Distributed Storage in Heterogeneous Settings by Waleed Fakher Hussein Soliman REDA

Pour l’obtention du grade de Docteur en sciences de l’ingénieur et technologie

Heterogeneity in cloud environments is a fact of life—from workload skews and network path changes, to the diversity of server hardware components, these are all factors that impact the performance of distributed storage. In this dissertation, we identify that heterogeneity can in fact be one of the primary causes of service degradation for storage systems. We then tackle this challenge by building next-generation distributed storage systems that can operate amidst heterogeneity while providing fast and predictable response times. First, we study skews in cloud workloads and propose scheduling strategies for key-value stores that seek to optimize latency. We then conduct a measurements study in one of the largest cloud provider networks to quantify variations in network latencies, and possible implications for storage services. Next, with fast non-volatile RAM (NVRAM) now becoming commercially available, we look into how storage systems can deal with the increasing diversity of storage technologies. We design and evaluate a distributed file system that can manage data across NVRAM and other types of storage, while providing low latency and high scalability. Lastly, we build a framework that transforms commodity Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) NICs into Turing machines—capable of performing arbitrary computations. This provides yet another compute resource on server machines, and we show how we can leverage it to accelerate common storage tasks as well as real storage applications.

Jury members :

  • Prof. Peter Van Roy (UCLouvain), promoteur
  • Prof. Dejan Kostic (KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden), promoteur
  • Prof. Charles Pecheur (UCLouvain), président
  • Prof. Etienne Rivière (UCLouvain), secrétaire
  • Dr. Marios Kogias (Microsoft Research (MSR), UK)
  • Prof. associé Marco Canini (KAUST, Saudi Arabia)

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The public defense of Waleed Fakher Hussein Soliman Reda scheduled for Monday 30 May at 3:00 p.m will also take place in the form of a video conference

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