SDI Seminar

Speaker: Lily Mummert, CMU

Exploiting Weak Connectivity for Mobile File Access

Date: November 16, 1995

Abstract: Weak connectivity, in the form of intermittent, low-bandwidth, or expensive networks is a fact of life in mobile computing. We describe how the Coda File System has evolved to exploit such networks. The underlying theme of this evolution has been the systematic introduction of adaptivity to eliminate hidden assumptions about strong connectivity. Many aspects of the system, including communication, cache validation, update propagation and cache miss handling have been modified. As a result, Coda is able to provide good performance even when network bandwidth varies over four orders of magnitude -- from modem speeds to LAN speeds.