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Jun XuBlock Trace Analysis and Storage System Optimizationhttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-3928-5_1

1. Introduction

Jun Xu1 
Singapore, Singapore

The chapter provides the background of data storage systems and general trace analysis. I will show that wide applications of block storage devices motivate the intensive study of various block-level workload properties. I will also list the objectives and contributions of this book in this chapter.

Basics of Storage

In this information-rich world, data storage devices and systems are fundamental for information preservation. There are so many different types of storage devices available in the market, such as magnetic tape, optical disc drive, hard disk drive (HDD), solid state drive (SSD) ...

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