TraceTracker: Hardware/Software Co-Evaluation for Large-Scale I/O Workload Reconstruction

Published in IEEE International Symposium on Workload Characterization (IISWC), 2017

Block traces are widely used for system studies, model verifications, and design analyses in both industry and academia. While such traces include detailed block access patterns, existing trace-driven research unfortunately often fails to find true-north due to a lack of runtime contexts such as user idle periods and system delays, which are fundamentally linked to the characteristics of target storage hardware. In this work, we propose TraceTracker, a novel hardware/software co-evaluation method that allows users to reuse a broad range of the existing block traces by keeping most their execution contexts and user scenarios while adjusting them with new system information. Specifically, our TraceTracker’s software evaluation model can infer CPU burst times and user idle periods from old storage traces, whereas its hardware evaluation method remasters the storage traces by interoperating the inferred time information, and updates all inter-arrival times by making them aware of the target storage system. We apply the proposed co-evaluation model to 577 traces, which were collected by servers from different institutions and locations a decade ago, and revive the traces on a high-performance flash-based storage array. The evaluation results reveal that the accuracy of the execution contexts reconstructed by TraceTracker is on average 99% and 96% with regard to the frequency of idle operations and the total idle periods, respectively.

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Recommended citation: Kwon, Miryeong, Jie Zhang, Gyuyoung Park, Wonil Choi, David Donofrio, John Shalf, Mahmut Kandemir, and Myoungsoo Jung. “TraceTracker: Hardware/software co-evaluation for large-scale I/O workload reconstruction.” In 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Workload Characterization (IISWC), pp. 87-96. IEEE, 2017.