An erasure-coded storage system for edge computing

Lixin Liang, Huan He, Jian Zhao, Chengjian Liu*, Qiuming Luo, Xiaowen CHU

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Emerging computing paradigm edge computing expects to store and process data at the network edge with reduced latency and improved network bandwidth. To the best of our knowledge, key performance issues such as coding performance of erasure-coded storage systems haven't been investigated for edge computing. In this paper, we present an erasure-coded storage system for edge computing. Unlike the data center and cloud storage systems, it employs edge devices to perform encoding and decoding operations, which can be a performance bottleneck of the whole storage system due to limited computing power. Hence, we present a comprehensive study of the performance of erasure coding to see if it can match the network performance of 5G and Wi-Fi 6 at the network edge. We use the popular edge device Jetson Nano and two state-of-the-art coding libraries: Jerasure and G-CRS. Our evaluation results reveal unsatisfied performance for Jerasure and high variance for G-CRS. To obtain better and stable performance, we accelerate erasure code with OpenMP on a multi-core CPU. Our work demonstrates our acceleration can bring stable performance and match the network bandwidth of 5G and Wi-Fi 6 for some commonly used cases. Besides, our work offers a better understanding of erasure-coded storage systems for edge computing and can be served as a reference to any further optimization for such kind of systems at the network edge.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9097196
Pages (from-to)96271-96283
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • edge computing
  • erasure coding
  • Erasure-coded storage system
  • jetson nano


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