SCS Undergraduate Thesis Topics

2003-2004
Student Advisor(s) Thesis Topic
Terrence Wong Greg Ganger Extended Filesystem Functionality for Self-Managing Storage Systems

Current large scale storage systems are very expensive because of the human element. The current industry estimates are that for every $1 spent on hardware, $6-$10 are spent paying people to install, manage, and maintain the hardware. In an attempt to lower the human cost, the Parallel Data lab is taking a step back and designing a new storage system from scratch that tries to be self administering.

My part in this system is to determine if an existing filesystem called S4 is capable of being modified to support the ambitious requirements of the rest of the system. My primary goal is to modify S4 to export new functionality such as the ability to enumerate its files as well as allow for copy on write clones over ranges of files.


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