Parallel and Distributed Systems Group

Computer Science Department of Telecom SudParis

SMART: A High-Performance Adaptive Radix Tree for Disaggregated Memory

Reading group: Teodor Cvijovic presented "SMART: A High-Performance Adaptive Radix Tree for Disaggregated Memory" (OSDI'23) at 1A312 the 8/12/2023 at 10h00.


Disaggregated memory (DM) is an increasingly prevalent architecture in academia and industry with high resource utilization. It separates computing and memory resources into two pools and interconnects them with fast networks. Existing range indexes on DM are based on B+ trees, which suffer from large inherent read and write amplifications. The read and write amplifications rapidly saturate the network bandwidth, resulting in low request throughput and high access latency of B+ trees on DM.

In this paper, we propose to use the radix tree, which is more suitable for DM than the B+ tree due to smaller read and write amplifications. However, constructing a radix tree on DM is challenging due to the costly lock-based concurrency control, the bounded memory-side IOPS, and the complicated computing-side cache validation. To address these challenges, we design SMART, the first radix tree for disaggregated memory with high performance. Specifically, we leverage 1) a hybrid concurrency control scheme including lock-free internal nodes and fine-grained lock-based leaf nodes to reduce lock overhead, 2) a computing-side read-delegation and write-combining technique to break through the IOPS upper bound by reducing redundant I/Os, and 3) a simple yet effective reverse check mechanism for computing-side cache validation. Experimental results show that SMART achieves 6.1x higher throughput under typical write-intensive workloads and 2.8x higher throughput under read-only workloads, compared with state-of-the-art B+ trees on DM.