Sorrento: Toward a Self-Organizing Storage Cluster

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Project Overview

The goal of the Sorrento project is to build a self-organizing storage system upon the cluster architecture, with emphases on four aspects: programmability, manageability, performance, and availability.

Clusters provide a cost-effective computing platform, and incremantal scalability. Sorrento is built upon the cluster architecture and aims to provide more efficient usage of storage devices and I/O bandwidth.

Sorrento is designed for cluster applications that need to access large amounts of data and whose working set does not fit into the memory. Internet services, data mining, stream-media services are among the applications that can benefit from such a system.

Selected Publications

  1. Hong Tang, Aziz Gulbeden, Jingyu Zhou, William Strathearn, Tao Yang, and Lingkun Chu. A Self-Organizing Storage Cluster for Parallel Data-Intensive Applications To appear in Proceedings of SC2004: High Performance Computing, Networking and Storage Conference, Pittsburgh PA, November 2004
  2. Hong Tang, Aziz Gulbeden, Jingyu Zhou, Lingkun Chu, and Tao Yang Sorrento: A Self-Organizing Storage Cluster for Parallel Data-Intensive Applications Technical Report 2003-30, UCSB, September 2003. (This is an extended version of the SC2004 paper.)
  3. Hong Tang, and Tao Yang. An efficient data location protocol for self-organizing storage clusters. In Proceedings of the International Conference for High Performance Computing and Communications (formerly known as SuperComputing), 2003. One of the five best student paper nominees. [Presentation slides (PDF)]
  4. Hong Tang and Tao Yang. Differentiated object placement and location for self-organizing storage clusters. Technical Report 2002-32, UCSB, November 2002.


This project is partially supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. EIA-0080134, CCF-0234346, ACIR-0082666, and 0086061 and by Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.