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PUSH: A Pipelined Reconstruction I/Of or Erasure-Coded Storage Clusters

A key design goal of erasure-coded storage clusters is to minimize reconstruction time, which in turn leads to high reliability by reducing vulnerability window size. PULL-Rep and PULL-Sur are two existing reconstruction schemes based on PULL-type transmission, where a rebuilding node initiates reconstruction by sending a set of read requests to surviving nodes to retrieve surviving blocks. To eliminate the transmission bottleneck of replacement nodes in PULL-Rep and mitigate the extra overhead caused by noncontiguous disk access in PULL-Sur, we incorporate PUSH-type transmissions to node reconstruction, where the reconstruction procedure is divided into multiple tasks accomplished by surviving nodes in a pipelining manner.

We also propose two PUSH-based reconstruction schemes (i.e., PUSH-Rep and PUSH-Sur), which can not only exploit the I/O parallelism of PULL-Sur, but also maintain sequential I/O accesses inherited from PULL-Rep. We build four reconstruction-time models to study the reconstruction process and estimate the reconstruction time of the four schemes in large-scale storage clusters. We implement a proof-of-concept prototype where the four reconstruction schemes are deployed and quantitatively evaluated. Experimental results show that the PUSH-based reconstruction schemes outperform the PULL-based counterparts. In a real-world (9,6)RS-coded storage cluster, PUSH-Rep speeds up the reconstruction time by a factor of 5.76 compared with PULL-Rep; PUSH-Sur accelerates the reconstruction by a factor of 1.85 relative to PULL-Sur.