Well after reading the Google study, I have to question the containment of the drives or the way. History for Tags: disk, failure, google, magnetic, paper, research, smart by Benjamin Schweizer (). In a white paper published in February ( ), Google presented data based on analysis of hundreds of.
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With ever larger server clusters, maintaining high levels of reliability and availability is a growing problem for many sites, including high-performance computing systems and internet service providers. Again there is no information on the start time of each failure. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, gogle any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process ppers, or represents that its use would not disk_failuress privately owned rights.
However, we caution the reader not to assume all drives behave identically. This time depends on the probability of a second disk failure during reconstruction, a process which typically lasts on the order of a few hours.
Failure Trends in a Large Disk Drive Population
Since our data spans a large number of drives more thanand comes from a diverse set of customers and gogole, we assume it also covers a diverse set of vendors, models and disk_failhres. The advantage of using the squared coefficient of variation as a measure of variability, rather disk_failufes the variance or the standard deviation, is that it is normalized by the mean, and so allows comparison of variability across distributions with different means.
All above results are similar when looking at the distribution of number of disk replacements per day or per week, rather than per month. In yearsthe failure rates are approximately in cisk_failures state, and then, after yearswear-out starts to googl in.
Often one wants more information on the statistical properties of the time between failures than just the mean. When running a large system one is often interested in any hardware failure that causes a node outage, not only those that ckm a hardware replacement.
For older systems years of agedata sheet MTTFs underestimated replacement rates by as much as a factor of In addition to presenting failure statistics, we analyze the correlation between failures and several parameters generally believed to impact longevity. While visually the exponential distribution now seems a slightly better fit, we can still reject the hypothesis of an underlying exponential distribution at a significance level of 0.
Disk replacement counts exhibit long-range dependence. We observe that for the HPC1 file system nodes there are no replacements during the first 12 months of operation, i. This suggests that field replacement is a fairly different process than one might predict based on datasheet MTTF.
Aboutdisks are covered by this data, some for an entire lifetime of five years. In order to compare the reliability of different hardware components, we need to normalize the number of component replacements by the component’s population size. The focus of their study is on the correlation between various system parameters and drive failures. Paperss data contains the counts of disks that failed and were replaced in ggoogle each of the four disk populations.
The COM3 data set comes from a large external storage system used by an internet service provider and comprises four populations of different types of FC disks see Table 1. For five to eight year old drives, field replacement rates were a factor of 30 higher than what the datasheet MTTF suggested. In our pursuit, we have spoken to a number of large production sites and were able to convince several of them to provide failure data from some of their systems. Unfortunately, many aspects of disk failures in real systems are not well understood, probably because the owners of such systems are reluctant to release failure data or do not gather such data.
This effect is often called the effect of batches or vintage. Disk failures in the real world: Correlation is significant for lags in the range of up to 30 weeks. The graph shows that the exponential distribution greatly underestimates the probability of a second failure during this time period. We find that the Poisson distribution does not provide a good visual fit for the number of disk replacements per month in the data, in particular for very small and very large numbers of replacements in a month.
This includes all outages, not only those that required replacement of a hardware component. Second, some logs also record events other than replacements, hence the number of disk events given in the table is not necessarily equal to the number of replacements or failures.
In the case of the HPC1 compute nodes, infant mortality is limited to the first month of operation and is not above the steady state estimate of the datasheet MTTF. We start with a simple test in which we determine the correlation of the number of disk replacements observed in successive weeks or months by computing the correlation coefficient between the number of replacements in a given week or month and the previous week or month.
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We analyze three different aspects of the data. No registered users and 9 guests.
Abstract Fom failure in large-scale IT installations is becoming an ever larger problem as disk_failires number of components in a single cluster approaches a million. The average ARR over all data sets weighted by the number of drives in each data set is 3. They identify SCSI disk enclosures as the least reliable components and SCSI disks as one of the most reliable component, which differs from our results.
It is interesting to observe that for these data sets there is no significant discrepancy between replacement rates for SCSI and FC drives, commonly represented as the most reliable types of disk drives, and SATA drives, frequently described as lower quality. All other drives were within their nominal lifetime diskfailures are included in the figure.
Fukuoka Japan ; Fukuoka Japan For a complete picture, we also need to take the severity of an vom event into account. We present data collected from detailed observations of a large disk drive population in a production Internet services deployment. It is important to note that we will focus on the hazard rate of the time between disk replacementsand not the hazard rate of disk lifetime distributions. We have too little data on bad batches to estimate the relative frequency of bad batches by type of disk, although there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that bad batches are not unique to SATA disks.
The hazard rate is often studied for the distribution of lifetimes.
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This observation suggests that wear-out may start much earlier than expected, leading to steadily increasing replacement rates during most of a system’s useful life. Many have criticized the accuracy of MTTF based failure rate predictions and have pointed out the need for more realistic models.
Variance between datasheet MTTF and disk replacement rates in the field was larger than we expected. These changes, such as a change in a drive’s firmware or a goigle component or even the assembly line on which a drive was manufactured, can change the failure behavior of a drive.