Computer Performance Engineering

Volume 5652 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 16-29

Modelling Zoned RAID Systems Using Fork-Join Queueing Simulation

  • Abigail S. LebrechtAffiliated withDepartment of Computing, Imperial College London
  • , Nicholas J. DingleAffiliated withDepartment of Computing, Imperial College London
  • , William J. KnottenbeltAffiliated withDepartment of Computing, Imperial College London


RAID systems are ubiquitously deployed in storage environments, both as standalone storage solutions and as fundamental components of virtualised storage platforms. Accurate models of their performance are crucial to delivering storage infrastructures that meet given quality of service requirements. To this end, this paper presents a flexible fork-join queueing simulation model of RAID systems that are comprised of zoned disk drives and which operate under RAID levels 01 or 5. The simulator takes as input I/O workloads that are heterogeneous in terms of request size and that exhibit burstiness, and its primary output metric is I/O request response time distribution. We also study the effects of heavy workload, taking into account the request-reordering optimisations employed by modern disk drives. All simulation results are validated against device measurements.