MIQS: Metadata indexing and querying service for self-describing file formats

Wei Zhang, Suren Byna, Houjun Tang, Brody Williams, Yong Chen

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Abstract

Scientific applications often store datasets in self-describing data file formats, such as HDF5 and netCDF. Regrettably, to efficiently search the metadata within these files remains challenging due to the sheer size of the datasets. Existing solutions extract the metadata and store it in external database management systems (DBMS) to locate desired data. However, this practice introduces significant overhead and complexity in extraction and querying. In this research, we propose a novel M etadata I ndexing and Q uerying S ervice (MIQS), which removes the external DBMS and utilizes in-memory index to achieve efficient metadata searching. MIQS follows the self-contained data management paradigm and provides portable and schema-free metadata indexing and querying functionalities for self-describing file formats. We have evaluated MIQS with the state-of-the-art MongoDB-based metadata indexing solution. MIQS achieved up to 99% time reduction in index construction and up to 172kx search performance improvement with up to 75% reduction in memory footprint.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SC 2019
Subtitle of host publicationThe International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781450362290
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 17 2019
Event2019 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, SC 2019 - Denver, United States
Duration: Nov 17 2019Nov 22 2019

Publication series

NameInternational Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, SC
ISSN (Print)2167-4329
ISSN (Electronic)2167-4337

Conference

Conference2019 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, SC 2019
CountryUnited States
CityDenver
Period11/17/1911/22/19

Keywords

  • HDF5 metadata management
  • Metadata search

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