Researchers have developed a novel approach that significantly improves the storage efficiency and output speed of computer systems. The new approach called FLAIR, optimises data storage systems by using all the servers within a given network. Therefore, when a user makes a data request, if the main server is full, another server automatically activates to fill it.
According to the researchers, current data storage systems use only one storage server to process information, making them slow to retrieve information to display for the user. A backup server only becomes active if the main storage server fails, the study said.
“Since the invention of computers, networks that connect storage servers in any system were rigid and inflexible. FLAIR leverages a new cutting-edge networking technology to build a smart network layer that can find the fastest way to fulfil information retrieval requests,” said study researcher Samer Al-Kiswany from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
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This study is scheduled to be presented at the USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design Implementation in the United States, 25-27 February 2020.