In search of the ideal storage configuration for docker containers

Vasily Tarasov, Lukas Rupprecht, Dimitris Skourtis, Amit Warke, Dean Hildebrand, Mohamed Mohamed, Nagapramod Mandagere, Wenji Li, Raju Rangaswami, Ming Zhao

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10 Scopus citations

Abstract

Containers are a widely successful technology today popularized by Docker. Containers improve system utilization by increasing workload density. Docker containers enable seamless deployment of workloads across development, test, and production environments. Docker's unique approach to data management, which involves frequent snapshot creation and removal, presents a new set of exciting challenges for storage systems. At the same time, storage management for Docker containers has remained largely unexplored with a dizzying array of solution choices and configuration options. In this paper we unravel the multi-faceted nature of Docker storage and demonstrate its impact on system and workload performance. As we uncover new properties of the popular Docker storage drivers, this is a sobering reminder that widespread use of new technologies can often precede their careful evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 IEEE 2nd International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems, FAS*W 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages199-206
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781509065585
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 9 2017
Event2nd IEEE International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems, FAS*W 2017 - Tucson, United States
Duration: Sep 18 2017Sep 22 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2017 IEEE 2nd International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems, FAS*W 2017

Other

Other2nd IEEE International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems, FAS*W 2017
CountryUnited States
CityTucson
Period9/18/179/22/17

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Keywords

  • Containers
  • Docker
  • Storage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computational Mechanics

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Tarasov, V., Rupprecht, L., Skourtis, D., Warke, A., Hildebrand, D., Mohamed, M., Mandagere, N., Li, W., Rangaswami, R., & Zhao, M. (2017). In search of the ideal storage configuration for docker containers. In Proceedings - 2017 IEEE 2nd International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems, FAS*W 2017 (pp. 199-206). [8064124] (Proceedings - 2017 IEEE 2nd International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems, FAS*W 2017). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/FAS-W.2017.148