Simulating fault injection on disk arrays

Conference: ARCS 2011 - 24th International Conference on Architecture of Computing Systems
02/22/2011 - 02/23/2011 at Como, Italy

Proceedings: ARCS 2011

Pages: 7Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Klein, Henning (Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Augsburg, Germany)
Keller, Jörg (Fernuniversität in Hagen, Hagen, Germany)

We present an application for the simulation of errors in storage systems. The software is completely parameterizable in order to simulate different types of disk errors and disk array configurations. It can be used to verify and optimize error correction schemes for storage. Realistic simulation of disk errors is a complex task as many test rounds need to be performed in order to characterize the performance of an algorithm based on highly sporadic errors under a large variety of parameters. The software allows different levels of abstraction to perform quick tests for rough estimations as well as detailed configurations for more realistic but complex simulation runs. We believe that this simulation software is the first one that is able to cover a complete range of disk error types in many commonly used disk array configurations.