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ACM Transactions on Computer Systems (TOCS), Volume 23 Issue 4, November 2005

Quickly finding near-optimal storage designs
Eric Anderson, Susan Spence, Ram Swaminathan, Mahesh Kallahalla, Qian Wang
Pages: 337-374
DOI: 10.1145/1113574.1113575
Despite the importance of storage in enterprise computer systems, there are few adequate tools to design and configure a storage system to meet application data requirements efficiently. Storage system design involves choosing the disk arrays to use,...

MIDDLE-R: Consistent database replication at the middleware level
Marta Patiño-Martinez, Ricardo Jiménez-Peris, Bettina Kemme, Gustavo Alonso
Pages: 375-423
DOI: 10.1145/1113574.1113576
The widespread use of clusters and Web farms has increased the importance of data replication. In this article, we show how to implement consistent and scalable data replication at the middleware level. We do this by combining transactional...

The automatic improvement of locality in storage systems
Windsor W. Hsu, Alan Jay Smith, Honesty C. Young
Pages: 424-473
DOI: 10.1145/1113574.1113577
Disk I/O is increasingly the performance bottleneck in computer systems despite rapidly increasing disk data transfer rates. In this article, we propose Automatic Locality-Improving Storage (ALIS), an introspective storage system that automatically...