Local erasure coding for data storage
Local Reconstruction Codes (LRCs) are a new class of erasure correcting codes designed specifically for applications in data storage. Built upon the rich mathematical theory of locally decodable codes developed in the theory community, LRCs provide high level of reliability and allow data fragments to be reconstructed quickly in typical failure scenarios. LRCs have been recently deployed by Windows Azure Storage and are going to ship in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012.
In this talk we will discuss motivation behind local reconstruction codes and cover the main technical challenges and tradeoffs in the design of these codes.
(Based on joint papers with Brad Calder, Michael Forbes, Parikshit Gopalan, Cheng Huang, Bob Jenkins, Jin Li, Aaron Ogus, Huseyin Simitci, and Yikang Xu.)