Graphs Are Not Enough: Using Interactive Visual Analytics in Storage Research

Professor Geoff Kuenning (pictured above) co-authored the paper “Graphs Are Not Enough: Using Interactive Visual Analytics in Storage Research,” which appeared in the Usenix HotStorage ’19 Workshop. The paper presents a visualization tool that helps system designers and experimenters explore the vast number of possibilities available (often millions or more) when configuring storage systems. The tool makes it easy to “zero in” on the parameters that have the most impact on performance in a chosen situation, so that an analyst can quickly find the best settings for a given environment.