Carbink: Fault-Tolerant Far Memory


Y. Zhou, et al., “Carbink: Fault-Tolerant Far Memory,” in OSDI, Carlsbad, CA, 2022.

Date Presented:

July 2022


Far memory systems allow an application to transparently access local memory as well as memory belonging to remote machines. Fault tolerance is a critical property of any practical approach for far memory, since machine failures (both planned and unplanned) are endemic in datacenters. However, designing a fault tolerance scheme that is efficient with respect to both computation and storage is difficult. In this paper, we introduce Carbink, a far memory system that uses erasure-coding, remote memory compaction, one-sided RMAs, and offloadable parity calculations to achieve fast, storage-efficient fault tolerance. Compared to Hydra, a state-of-the-art fault-tolerant system for far memory, Carbink has 29% lower tail latency and 48% higher application performance, with at most 35% higher memory usage.


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