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ACM Transactions on Storage (TOS), Volume 4 Issue 3, November 2008

Introduction to special issue of USENIX FAST 2008
Mary Baker
Article No.: 6
DOI: 10.1145/1416944.1416945

Are disks the dominant contributor for storage failures?: A comprehensive study of storage subsystem failure characteristics
Weihang Jiang, Chongfeng Hu, Yuanyuan Zhou, Arkady Kanevsky
Article No.: 7
DOI: 10.1145/1416944.1416946

Building reliable storage systems becomes increasingly challenging as the complexity of modern storage systems continues to grow. Understanding storage failure characteristics is crucially important for designing and building a reliable storage...

An analysis of data corruption in the storage stack
Lakshmi N. Bairavasundaram, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau, Garth R. Goodson, Bianca Schroeder
Article No.: 8
DOI: 10.1145/1416944.1416947

An important threat to reliable storage of data is silent data corruption. In order to develop suitable protection mechanisms against data corruption, it is essential to understand its characteristics. In this article, we present the first...

Portably solving file races with hardness amplification
Dan Tsafrir, Tomer Hertz, David Wagner, Dilma Da Silva
Article No.: 9
DOI: 10.1145/1416944.1416948

The file-system API of contemporary systems makes programs vulnerable to TOCTTOU (time-of-check-to-time-of-use) race conditions. Existing solutions either help users to detect these problems (by pinpointing their locations in the code), or prevent...

Write off-loading: Practical power management for enterprise storage
Dushyanth Narayanan, Austin Donnelly, Antony Rowstron
Article No.: 10
DOI: 10.1145/1416944.1416949

In enterprise data centers power usage is a problem impacting server density and the total cost of ownership. Storage uses a significant fraction of the power budget and there are no widely deployed power-saving solutions for enterprise storage...