Operating System I/O Speculation: How Two Invocations Are Faster Than One

@inproceedings{Faser2003OperatingSI,
  title={Operating System I/O Speculation: How Two Invocations Are Faster Than One},
  author={Keir Faser and Fay Chang},
  booktitle={USENIX Annual Technical Conference, General Track},
  year={2003}
}
We present an in-kernel disk prefetcher which uses speculative execution to determine what data an application is likely to require in the near future. By placing our design within the operating system, we provide several benefits compared to the previous application-level design. Not only is our system easier to implement and deploy, but by handling page faults as well as traditional file-access methods we are able to apply speculative execution to swapping applications, which often spend the… CONTINUE READING
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