FSL Sponsor Abstract: NetApp Advanced technlogy GroupThe storage stack has been getting more complex in the past two decades,
with the addition of complex layers of networking and virtualization.
Characterizing the performance of a storage system from an application's
perspective has therefore become ever more challenging. In recent years,
power consumption has become a critical issue for running large storage
systems; energy costs have become a serious and even dominating factor in
the operation of large data centers. We believe that performance and energy
efficiency are two highly related factors. In this project we propose to
investigate and report on the relationship between power consumption and
performance in the storage stack, using a variety of workloads and settings.
Our results will report under which conditions storage stacks consume more
power and how performance is affected under those conditions. In the long
run, we hope these results will lead to a grounds-up redesign of some layers
of the storage stack with energy efficiency in mind.
(Last updated: Mon Jan 26 17:27:37 EST 2009)