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The relevance of long-range dependence in disk traffic and implications for trace synthesis

By: Hong, B.; Madhyastha, T.M.;

2005 / IEEE / 0-7695-2318-8

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This item was taken from the IEEE Conference ' The relevance of long-range dependence in disk traffic and implications for trace synthesis ' Accurate disk workloads are crucial for storage systems design, but I/O traces are difficult to obtain, unwieldy to work with, and unparameterizable. I/O traces are often bursty and difficult to characterize. Although good models of I/O workloads would be extremely useful, such bursty traces cannot accurately be modeled using exponential or Poisson arrival times. Much experimental evidence suggests that I/O traces are self-similar, which researchers have hoped might help to model bursty traces. In this paper, we show that self-similarity at large time scales does not significantly affect disk behavior with respect to response times. This allows us to generate synthetic arrival patterns at relatively small time scales, improving the accuracy of trace generation. The relative error of our method, with input parameters suitable for the workload, ranges from approximately 8% to 12%.