AnalyzeThis: An analysis workflow-aware storage system

Hyogi Sim, Youngjae Kim, Sudharshan S. Vazhkudai, Devesh Tiwari, Ali Anwar, Ali R. Butt, Lavanya Ramakrishnan

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10 Scopus citations


The need for novel data analysis is urgent in the face of a data deluge from modern applications. Traditional approaches to data analysis incur significant data movement costs, moving data back and forth between the storage system and the processor. Emerging Active Flash devices enable processing on the flash, where the data already resides. An array of such Active Flash devices allows us to revisit how analysis workflows interact with storage systems. By seamlessly blending together the flash storage and data analysis, we create an analysis workflow-aware storage system, AnalyzeThis. Our guiding principle is that analysis-awareness be deeply ingrained in each and every layer of the storage, elevating data analyses as first-class citizens, and transforming AnalyzeThis into a potent analytics-aware appliance. We implement the AnalyzeThis storage system atop an emulation platform of the Active Flash array. Our results indicate that AnalyzeThis is viable, expediting workflow execution and minimizing data movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SC 2015
Subtitle of host publicationThe International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781450337236
StatePublished - Nov 15 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, SC 2015 - Austin, United States
Duration: Nov 15 2015Nov 20 2015

Publication series

NameInternational Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, SC
ISSN (Print)2167-4329
ISSN (Electronic)2167-4337


OtherInternational Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, SC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported in part by the U.S. DOE's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) under the Scientific data management program, and by NSF through grants CNS-1405697 and CNS-1422788. The work was also supported by, and used the resources of, the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, located in the National Center for Computational Sciences at ORNL, which is managed by UT Battelle, LLC for the U.S. DOE, under the contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725. It was also supported in part by LBNL under Contract Number DE-AC02-05CH11231.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 ACM.


  • data analytics
  • visualization & storage


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