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2010 International Conference on Complex, Intelligent and Software Intensive Systems (2010)
Krakow, Poland
Feb. 15, 2010 to Feb. 18, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7695-3967-6
pp: 508-513
Introspection is the prerequisite of an autonomic behavior, the first step towards a performance improvement and a resource-usage optimization for large-scale distributed systems. In grid environments, the task of observing the application behavior is assigned to monitoring systems. However, most of them are designed to provide general resource information and do not consider specific information for higher-level services. More specifically, in the context of data-intensive applications, a specific introspection layer is required in order to collect data about the usage of storage resources, about data access patterns, etc. This paper discusses the requirements for an introspection layer in a data-management system for large-scale distributed infrastructures. We focus on the case of BlobSeer, a large-scale distributed system for storing massive data. The paper explains why and how to enhance BlobSeer with introspective capabilities and proposes a three-layered architecture relying on the MonALISA monitoring framework. This approach has been evaluated on the Grid'5000 testbed, with experiments that prove the feasibility of generating relevant information related to the state and the behavior of the system.
Distributed system, storage management, large-scale system, monitoring, introspection

A. Costan, G. Antoniu, J. Cai, A. Carpen-Amarie and L. Bougé, "Bringing Introspection Into the BlobSeer Data-Management System Using the MonALISA Distributed Monitoring Framework," 2010 International Conference on Complex, Intelligent and Software Intensive Systems(CISIS), Krakow, Poland, 2010, pp. 508-513.
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