Publication

Implementing efficient data compression and encryption in a persistent key-value store for HPC

Citation

Implementing efficient data compression and encryption in a persistent key-value store for HPC May 2019 International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications DOI: 10.1177/1094342019847264
Jungwon Kim and Jeffrey S Vetter

Abstract

Recently, persistent data structures, like key-value stores (KVSs), which are stored in a high-performance computing (HPC) system’s nonvolatile memory, provide an attractive solution for a number of emerging challenges like limited I/O performance. Data compression and encryption are two well-known techniques for improving several properties of such data-oriented systems. This article investigates how to efficiently integrate data compression and encryption into persistent KVSs for HPC with the ultimate goal of hiding their costs and complexity in terms of performance and ease of use. Our compression technique exploits deep memory hierarchy in an HPC system to achieve both storage reduction and performance improvement. Our encryption technique provides a practical level of security and enables sharing of sensitive data securely in complex scientific workflows with nearly imperceptible cost. We implement the proposed techniques on top of a distributed embedded KVS to evaluate the benefits and costs of incorporating these capabilities along different points in the dataflow path, illustrating differences in effective bandwidth, latency, and additional computational expense on Swiss National Supercomputing Centre’s Grand Tavé and National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center’s Cori.

Read Publication