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2017 IEEE 36th International Performance Computing and Communications Conference (IPCCC) (2017)
San Diego, CA
Dec. 10, 2017 to Dec. 12, 2017
ISSN: 2374-9628
ISBN: 978-1-5090-6469-4
pp: 1-8
Jehan-Francois Paris , Department of Computer Science, University of Houston, Houston, TX (USA)
Vero Estrada-Galinanes , Institut d'informatique, Université de Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Ahmed Amer , Department of Computer Engineering, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA (USA)
Carlos Rincon , Department of Computer Science, University of Houston, Houston, TX (USA)
ABSTRACT
Two-dimensional square RAID arrays organize their data disks in such a way that each of them belongs to exactly one row parity stripe and one column parity stripe. Even so, they remain vulnerable to the loss of any given data disk and the parity disks of its two stripes. We show how to eliminate all but one of these fatal triple failures by entangling the parity disks of the array, that is, XORing the contents of each parity disk with that of its predecessors. As a result, our new organization reduces the number of fatal triple failures by 96 to 99 percent and the number of fatal quadruple failures by around 85 percent without the need for any additional hardware.
INDEX TERMS
fault tolerance, magnetic disc storage, RAID
CITATION

J. Paris, V. Estrada-Galinanes, A. Amer and C. Rincon, "Using entanglements to increase the reliability of two-dimensional square RAID arrays," 2017 IEEE 36th International Performance Computing and Communications Conference (IPCCC), San Diego, CA, 2018, pp. 1-8.
doi:10.1109/PCCC.2017.8280454
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