Scientific Data Management
DOE Office of Science
File systems are the backbone of large-scale data processing for scientific applications. Motivated by the need to provide an extensible and flexible framework beyond the abstractions provided by API libraries for files to manage and analyze large-scale data, we are developing Damasc, an enhanced file system where rich data management services for scientific computing are provided as a native part of the file system. The Damasc project is about the design explorations for a performant file system that would allow scientists or even casual users to pose declarative queries and updates over views of underlying files that are stored in their native bytestream format. In Damasc, a configurable layer is added to expose the contents of files in a logical data model through which views can be defined and used for queries and updates. The logical data model and views are leveraged to optimize access to files through caching and self-organizing indexing. In addition, provenance capture and analysis to file access is also built into Damasc.
This work is funded by DOE grant DE-SC0005428, partially funded by NSF grant #1018914, and ISSDM
Members: Karl Schnaitter
Information about Automated Index Tuning can be found at the Database Group's website