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Storage Conferences

This is a non-exhaustive list of conferences relating to storage and data management. Note that some of these websites do not have stable domains, so please contact us if a link is broken.

The USENIX Annual Technical Conference (ATC). Hosted every summer.

EuroSys is organized by EuroSys, the European Chapter of SIGOPS, sponsored by ACM SIGOPS. Hosted annually in mid-spring. This conference does not have a stable URL, so we have linked to a Google search.

The USENIX File and Storage Technologies (FAST) conference. Hosted annually in February.

The USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Storage and File Systems. Hosted every summer directly before ATC.

The IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS). This conference does not have a stable URL so we have linked to a Google search.

The ACM International Conference on Supercomputing (ICS). Hosted every summer.

The International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology (MSST). Hosted every summer at the Santa Clara University School of Engineering in Santa Clara, CA.

The IEEE International Conference on Networking, Architecture, and Storage. Hosted annually.

The IEEE Non-Volatile Memory Systems and Applications Symposium (NVMSA). Hosted annually in the late summer. This conference does not have a stable URL, so we have linked to a Google search.

The USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI). Hosted annually.

The ACM Special Interest Group for the computer systems performance evaluation community. Hosted annually in June.

The ACM Special Interest Group in Operating Systems. Hosts a number of conferences annually.

The ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing (SoCC). Hosted annually. This conference does not have a stable URL, so we have linked to a Google search.

The ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP). Hosted every two years.

The Internation Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis. Hosted annually in late fall.

The ACM International Systems and Storage Conference (SYSTOR). Hosted annually in Haifa, Israel.

The Very Large Data Bases (VLDB) Conference. Hosted annually in late August.

Storage Research Centers

Carnegie Mellon University
Parallel Data Lab (PDL)

San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)

University of Minnesota
Digital Technology Center (DTC)
Intelligent Storage Consortium (DISC)

Storage Performance Council (SPC)

Papers and Publications

Papers Relating to Traces

[Harter11] Tyler Harter, Chris Dragga, Michael Vaughn, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau.
A File is Not a File: Understanding the I/O Behavior of Apple Desktop Applications.
Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 2011.

[Ellard03b] Daniel Ellard, Margo Seltzer.
NFS Tricks and Benchmarking Traps.
Proceedings of the FREENIX Technical Conference, San Antonio, Texas. June, 2003.

[Ellard03a] Daniel Ellard, Jonathan Ledlie, Pia Malkani, Margo Seltzer.
Passive NFS Tracing of Email and Research Workloads.
Proceedings of the Second Annual USENIX File and Storage Technologies Conference, pp. 203-216, San Francisco, CA. March, 2003.

[Roselli00] Drew Roselli, Jacob R. Lorch, Thomas E. Anderson.
A Comparison of File System Workloads.
Proceedings of the 2000 USENIX Technical Conference, pp. 44 - 54. San Diego, CA. June, 2000.

[Vogels99] Werner Vogels.
File system usage in Windows NT 4.0.
Proceedings of the 17th Symposium on Operating System Principles, pp. 93 - 109. Kiawah Island Resort, SC. December, 1999.

[Douceur99] John R. Douceur, William J. Bolosky.
A Large-Scale Study of File-System Contents.
Proceedings of SIGMETRICS '99, pp. 59 - 70. Atlanta, GA. May, 1999.

[Kuenning97] Geoffrey H. Kuenning and Gerald J. Popek.
Automated Hoarding for Mobile Computers.
Proceedings of the 16th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles, St. Malo, France, October 5-8, 1997.

[Uysal97] Mustafa Uysal, Anurag Acharya, Joel Saltz.
Requirements of I/O Systems for Parallel Machines: An Application-driven Study.
Technical Report, CS-TR-3802, University of Maryland, College Park. May 1997.

[Mummert96] L. Mummert, M. Satyanarayanan.
Long Term Distributed File Reference Tracing: Implementation and Experience.
Software - Practice and Experience, Vol. 26, No. 6, pp. 705 - 736. June, 1996.

[Blackwell95] Trevor Blackwell, Jeffrey Harris, Margo Seltzer.
Heuristic Cleaning Algorithms in Log-Structured File Systems.
Proceedings of the 1995 USENIX Technical Conference, pp. 277 - 288. New Orleans, LA. January, 1995.

[Griffioen94] Jim Griffioen, Randy Appleton.
Reducing File System Latency using a Predictive Approach.
Proceedings of the Summer 1994 USENIX Technical Conference, pp. 197 - 207. Boston, MA. June, 1994.

[Chiang93] Chi-ming Chiang, Matt W. Mutka.
Characteristics of User File Usage Patterns.
Systems and Software, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 257 - 268. December, 1993.

[Ruemmler93] Chris Ruemmler, John Wilkes.
UNIX Disk Access Patterns.
Proceedings of the Winter 1993 USENIX Technical Conference, pp. 405 - 420. San Diego, CA. January, 1993.

[Ramakrishnan92] K.K. Ramakrishnan, Prabuddha Biswas, Ramakrishna Karedla.
Analysis of File I/O Traces in Commercial Computing Environments.
Proceedings of SIGMETRICS '92, pp. 78 - 90. Newport, RI. June, 1992.

[Roselli98] Drew Roselli, Thomas E. Anderson.
Characteristics of File System Workloads.
University of California Berkeley Computer Science Division Technical Report UCB//CSD-98-1029. 1992.

[Shirriff92] Ken Shirriff, John K. Ousterhout.
A Trace-Driven Analysis of Name and Attribute Caching in a Distributed System.
Proceedings of the Winter 1992 USENIX Technical Conference, pp. 315 - 332. San Francisco, CA. January, 1992.

[Miller91] Ethan L. Miller, Randy H. Katz.
Input/Output Behavior of Supercomputing Applications.
Proceedings of the 1991 Conference on Supercomputing, pp. 567 - 576. Albuquerque, NM. November, 1991.

[Baker91] M. Baker, J. Hartman, M. Kupfer, K. Shirriff, and J. Ousterhout.
Measurements of a Distributed File System.
Proceedings of the 13th ACM Symposium of Operating Systems Principles, pp. 198 - 212. October 1991.

[Bozman91] G.P. Bozman, H.H. Ghannad, E.D. Weinberger.
A trace-driven study of CMS file references.
IBM Journal of Research and Development, Vol. 35, No. 5/6, pp. 815 - 828. September/November, 1991.

[Bennet91] J. Michael Bennet, Michael A. Bauer, David Kinchlea.
Characteristics of Files in NFS Environments.
Proceedings of the 1991 ACM Symposium on Small Systems, pp. 33 - 40. 1991.

[Biswas90] P. Biswas, K.K. Ramakrishnan.
File Access Characterization of VAX/VMS Environments.
Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, pp. 227 - 234. Paris, France. May, 1990.

[Floyd86] Rick Floyd.
Short-Term File Reference Patterns in a UNIX Environment.
University of Rochester Computer Science Technical Report #177. March, 1986.

[Ousterhout85] J. Ousterhout, H. Costa, D. Harrison, J. Kunze, M. Kupfer, J. Thompson.
A Trace-Driven Analysis of the UNIX 4.2BSD File System.
Proceedings of the 10th Symposium on Operating System Principles, pp. 15 - 24. Orcas Island, WA. December, 1985.

[Satyanarayanan81] M. Satyanarayanan.
A Study of File Sizes and Functional Lifetimes.
Proceedings of the 8th Symposium on Operating System Principles, pp. 96 - 108. Pacific Grove, CA. December, 1981.

[Smith81] A. J. Smith.
Analysis of Long Term File Reference Patterns for Application to File Migration Algorithms.
IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Vol SE-7, No. 4, pp. 403 - 417. July, 1981.

Publications That Cite

The following publications cite as a source of trace data used in their research. They are organized in reverse chronological order. This list attempts to be comprehensive but is not complete; feel free to contact us to suggest additional entries.

[Narayanan et al., 2009]
Dushyanth Narayanan, Eno Thereska, Austin Donnelly, Sameh Elnikety, and Antony Rowstron. Migrating server storage to SSDs: Analysis of tradeoffs. In Proceedings of the 4th ACM European Conference on Computer Systems, Nuremberg, Germany, April 2009. (doi:10.1145/1519065.1519081)
[Agrawal et al., 2009]
Nitin Agrawal, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, and Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau. Generating realistic impressions for file-system benchmarking. In Proceedings of the 7th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies, San Francisco, CA, February 2009. USENIX Association.
[Anderson, 2009]
Eric Anderson. Capture, conversion, and analysis of an intense NFS workload. In Proceedings of the 7th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies, San Francisco, CA, February 2009. USENIX Association.
[Anderson et al., 2009]
Eric Anderson, Martin Arlitt, Charles B. Morrey, III, and Alistair Veitch. DataSeries: An efficient, flexible data format for structured serial data. ACM Operating Systems Review, 43(1):70–75, January 2009.
[Riska and Riedel, 2008]
Alma Riska and Erik Riedel. Disk drive workload captured in logs collected during the field return incoming test. In Proceedings of the First Usenix Workshop on the Analysis of System Logs (WASL), San Diego, CA, December 2008.
[Agrawal et al., 2008]
Nitin Agrawal, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, and Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau. Towards realistic file-system benchmarks with CodeMRI. ACM Performance Evaluation Review, 36(2):52–57, September 2008. (doi:10.1145/1453175.1453184)
[Kavalanekar et al., 2008]
Swaroop Kavalanekar, Bruce Worthington, Qi Zhang, and Vishal Sharda. Characterization of storage workload traces from production windows servers. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Workload Characterization, pages 119–128, Seattle, WA, September 2008.
[Traeger et al., 2008]
Avishay Traeger, Erez Zadok, Nikolai Joukov, and Charles P. Wright. A nine year study of file system and storage benchmarking. ACM Transactions on Storage, 4(2):5:1–5:56, May 2008. (doi:10.1145/1367829.1367831)
[Thereska et al., 2006]
Eno Thereska, Austin Donnelly, and Dushyanth Narayanan. Sierra: A power-proportional, distributed storage system. Technical report, Microsoft Research, November 2006.

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