SAFARI Live Seminar: Gagandeep Singh, Dec 7 2022

Join us for our upcoming SAFARI Live Seminar

Date: Wednesday, December 7 at 4:30 pm Zurich time (CET)
Speaker: Gagandeep Singh, SAFARI Research Group, ETH Zurich
Title:  Sibyl: Adaptive and Extensible Data Placement in Hybrid Storage Systems Using Online Reinforcement Learning
Where: ETZ G91 & Livestream on YouTube (Link)

Hybrid storage systems (HSS) use multiple different storage devices to provide high and scalable storage capacity at high performance. Data placement across different devices is critical to maximize the benefits of such a hybrid system. Recent research proposes various techniques that aim to accurately identify performance-critical data to place it in a “best-fit” storage device. Unfortunately, most of these techniques are rigid, which (1) limits their adaptivity to perform well for a wide range of workloads and storage device configurations, and (2) makes it difficult for designers to extend these techniques to different storage system configurations (e.g., with a different number or different types of storage devices) than the configuration they are designed for. Our goal is to design a new data placement technique for hybrid storage systems that overcomes these issues and provides: (1) adaptivity, by continuously learning from and adapting to the workload and the storage device characteristics, and (2) easy extensibility to a wide range of workloads and HSS configurations.

We introduce Sibyl, the first technique that uses reinforcement learning for data placement in hybrid storage systems. Sibyl observes different features of the running workload as well as the storage devices to make system-aware data placement decisions. For every decision it makes, Sibyl receives a reward from the system that it uses to evaluate the long-term performance impact of its decision and continuously optimizes its data placement policy online.

We implement Sibyl on real systems with various HSS configurations, including dual- and tri-hybrid storage systems, and extensively compare it against four previously proposed data placement techniques (both heuristic- and machine learning-based) over a wide range of workloads. Our results show that Sibyl provides 21.6%/19.9% performance improvement in a performance-oriented/cost-oriented HSS configuration compared to the best previous data placement technique. Our evaluation using an HSS configuration with three different storage devices shows that Sibyl.

Short bio:
Gagandeep Singh is a Senior Researcher in the SAFARI Research group at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. In March 2021, he received his Ph.D. from Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands. He is passionate about computer architecture, hardware acceleration, and machine learning. 

Related paper:
Gagandeep Singh, Rakesh Nadig, Jisung Park, Rahul Bera, Nastaran Hajinazar, David Novo, Juan Gomez-Luna, Sander Stuijk, Henk Corporaal, and Onur Mutlu,
“Sibyl: Adaptive and Extensible Data Placement in Hybrid Storage Systems Using Online Reinforcement Learning”
Proceedings of the 49th International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), New York, June 2022.
[Slides (pptx) (pdf)]
[arXiv version]
[Sibyl Source Code]
[Talk Video (16 minutes)]


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