QuickSAN: A Storage Area Network for Fast, Distributed, Solid State Disks

Abstract: We describe QuickSAN, a SAN prototype that eliminates most software overheads and significantly reduces hardware overheads in SANs. QuickSAN integrates a network adapter directly into SSDs, so the SSDs can communicate directly with one another to service storage accesses as quickly as possible. QuickSAN can also give applications direct access to both local and remote data without operating system intervention, further reducing software costs.

Bio: Adrian Caulfield is a graduate student in the Non-Volatile Systems Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego. His research interests focus on the application of emerging non-volatile memory technologies in high-performance storage systems. He we be graduating with his Ph.D. this summer and is on the job market.