Abstract : This paper introduces NVCache, an approach that uses a non-volatile main memory (NVMM) as a write cache to improve the write performance of legacy applications. We compare NVCache against file systems tailored for NVMM (Ext4-DAX and NOVA) and with I/O-heavy applications (SQLite, RocksDB). Our evaluation shows that NVCache reaches the performance level of the existing state-of-the-art systems for NVMM, but without their limitations: NVCache does not limit the size of the stored data to the size of the NVMM, and works transparently with unmodified legacy applications, providing additional persistence guarantees even when their source code is not available.
Recommended citation: Rémi Dulong, Rafael Pires, Andreia Correia, Valerio Schiavoni, Pedro Ramalhete, Pascal Felber, Gaël Thomas. NVCache: A Plug-and-Play NVMM-based I/O Booster for Legacy Systems, 51th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 21)