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Center for Information Technology Integration
University of Michigan
519 West William Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-4943

CITI Technical Report 94?3

Workload Characterization in a Large Distributed

File System

Sarr Blumson
[email protected]

Most prior studies of distributed file systems have focussed on relatively small communities of users, typically university computer science departments. At the Center for Information Technology Integration (CITI) we conjectured that these studies led to an excessively homogeneous view of the workload presented to servers. We therefore embarked on an effort to study the University of Michigan Institutional File System, a campus-wide system with a much more diverse user community. The results partially confirm our conjecture.

July 11, 1994