Crail is designed from ground up for modern high-performance networking and storage hardware (RDMA, NVMe, NVMf, etc.). It leverages user-level I/O to access hardware directly from the application context, providing bare-metal I/O performance to analytics workloads. For example, Crail achieves data access at rates close to the 100Gb/s network limit with latencies below 10 us.
Crail offers a unified storage namespace over a heterogeneous set of storage resources distributed in a cluster, such as DRAM, non-volatile memory (NVM), Flash or GPU memory. Depending on the storage policy, data sets may be stored on a particular storage technology or even a specific storage device, or be distributed across multiple devices and storage technologies.
Crail provides a modular architecture where new network and storage technologies can be integrated in the form of pluggable modules. Crail further exports various application interfaces including File System (FS), Key-Value (KV) and Streaming, and integrates seamlessly with the Apache ecosystem, such as Apache Spark, Apache Parquet, Apache Arrow, etc.
Paper on Crail’s system architecture was presented at USENIX ATC’19
Crail is now part of the YCSB benchmark suite
Slides from Oreilly’s Strata talk on Crail are now available
A new blog post discussing file formats performance is now online
A Spark serverless architecture powered by Crail will be presented today at the Spark Summit