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Efficiently Distributing Knowledge of Device State in a Clustered System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031562D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is an Enterprise Storage System (ESS) which is organized as follows: it has two or more clusters, a cluster [1] is composed of one or more ranks and a rank is composed of one or more logical volumes. Each cluster element needs to determine the state of volumes on both clusters. When a cluster queries the state of a remote volume, i.e., a volume that is owned by the other cluster, a remote call is executed. On a typical ESS such queries are frequent. We address the problem of minimizing the remote queries while not impacting normal system operations.