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JSW 2013 Vol.8(3): 538-546 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.8.3.538-546

Performance Improvement of iSCSI Remote Storage Access through Optimization of Multiple Layers

Masato Oguchi1, Reika Higa1, Kosuke Matsubara2, Takao Okamawari2, Saneyasu Yamaguchi3
1Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan
2Softbank Telecom Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
3Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract—iSCSI is one of the most popular protocols among the storage area network (SAN) working on an IP network. iSCSI is a standard to encapsulate a SCSI command into a TCP/IP packet, thus we can make an access to a storage system with commoditized IP devices only. In this paper, iSCSI sequential write access for a remote backup system is focused. It is well known that iSCSI experiences performance degradation under a high latency environment. The storage access by iSCSI has multiple hierarchical protocols. Due to this complicated structure, it is very difficult to identify the performance bottleneck that causes the degradation. Therefore, system tools which can analyze the complicated layered structure are required. We have developed system tools that enable us to monitor the hierarchical protocols. As a result, we have identified the cause of the iSCSI performance degradation problem. We then fixed the problem and confirmed that one can obtain the performance close to the theoretical limit.

Index Terms—iSCSI, SAN, TCP, Kernel, Optimization, Performance.

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Cite: Masato Oguchi, Reika Higa, Kosuke Matsubara, Takao Okamawari, Saneyasu Yamaguchi, "Performance Improvement of iSCSI Remote Storage Access through Optimization of Multiple Layers," Journal of Software vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 538-546, 2013.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
Frequency: Monthly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
Executive Editor: Ms. Yoyo Y. Zhou
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E-mail: jsw@iap.org
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