High-Performance Metadata Indexing and Search in Petascale Data Storage Systems

Appeared in Proceedings of the SciDAC 2008 Conference.


Large-scale storage systems used for scientific applications can store petabytes of data and billions of files, making the organization and management of data in these systems a difficult, time-consuming task. The ability to search file metadata in a storage system can address this problem by allowing scientists to quickly navigate experiment data and code while allowing storage administrators to gather the information they need to properly manage the system. In this paper, we present Spyglass, a file metadata search system that achieves scalability by exploiting storage system properties, providing the scalability that existing file metadata search tools lack. In doing so, Spyglass can achieve search performance up to several thousand times faster than existing database solutions. We show that Spyglass enables important functionality that can aid data management for scientists and storage administrators.

Publication date:
July 2008

Andrew Leung
Minglong Shao
Timothy Bisson
Shankar Pasupathy
Ethan L. Miller

Scalable File System Indexing

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  author       = {Andrew Leung and Minglong Shao and Timothy Bisson and Shankar Pasupathy and Ethan L. Miller},
  title        = {High-Performance Metadata Indexing and Search in Petascale Data Storage Systems},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of the SciDAC 2008 Conference},
  month        = jul,
  year         = {2008},
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