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November 18, 2016
Professor Steven Swanson’s group have built a file system called NOVA, a log-structured file system for hybrid volatile/non-volatile main memories. In this proposal, they would like to extend NOVA to provide tiering and/or caching capabilities that will allow it combine the high performance of NVMMs with the cost-effective capacity of SSDs and hard drives. They are planning to explore multiple approaches to allocating valuable NVMM to maximize performance, and evaluate these approaches on a range of critical storage applications. They are also considering to examine how the techniques they build into NOVA can allow other storage systems (e.g., “all-flash arrays,” object stores, and large file servers) to leverage NVMM as well.