SOSP 2015
Conference paper

Split-level I/O scheduling

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We introduce split-level I/O scheduling, a new framework that splits I/O scheduling logic across handlers at three layers of the storage stack: block, system call, and page cache. We demonstrate that traditional block-level I/O schedulers are unable to meet throughput, latency, and isolation goals. By utilizing the split-level framework, we build a variety of novel schedulers to readily achieve these goals: our Actually Fair Queuing scheduler reduces priority-misallocation by 28×; our Split-Deadline scheduler reduces tail latencies by 4×; our Split-Token scheduler reduces sensitivity to interference by 6×. We show that the framework is general and operates correctly with disparate file systems (ext4 and XFS). Finally, we demonstrate that split-level scheduling serves as a useful foundation for databases (SQLite and Post-greSQL), hypervisors (QEMU), and distributed file systems (HDFS), delivering improved isolation and performance in these important application scenarios.