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What is a Patent for Methods and apparatus for creating peer-to peer storage channels using data channels
A storage device may comprise one or more storage devices, such as hard disk drives (HHDs), solid state drives (SSDs) and the like, located within one or more chassis, racks, and/or the like. The data can be transferred between the storage devicesand one or more local or remote hosts through an interface for storage that is present on each storage device and/or host. A storage device may be connected to a storage system by, for example, plugging a connector on the device into a corresponding connector on a midplane,switchboard, and/or the like. A storage device may comprise a management element, like a BMC (baseboard management controller) which is able to carry out the configuration, monitoring, or other management functions for it.
A method may include transferring data between a host and a first storage device via a first storage interface, then transferring data between the host and the second storage device through a second storage interface, and then transferring data between the first storage device and the second storage device via a peer-to-peer channel. This could also involve finding the topology of the peer to peer channel. Finding the topology can be completed at least partially by one or more hosts or management controller or at the very least one of the storage devices. The method may further include setting up the first and second storage devices to be Quality-of-Service (QoS). The storage devices can be set up for QoS via one or more of the hosts, a management controller, or at least one of the storage devices. One or any of the following QoS elements may be included: the priority, resource or performance level. This can also comprise data transfer between the host device and the third storage device via a third interface and setting up the first, second, and third storage devices in order to create one or more peer groups. Peer-to-peer groups can be created dynamically. A peer-to-peer group may be configured for one or more of one-to-one,one-to-many, or many-to-many communication. At the very least, one of the storage devices could perform at a minimum one of reliability, availability or security function in isolation from the host.
A storage system may include hosts interface as well as one storage device that has a first interface and a second device that has a second interface and a peer to peer bus that is connected between the second and first storage devices. The peer-to-peer bus may include one or more of wired buses, a wireless bus, or an optical bus. The host interface may be linked to the storage interface via the first connector. The second storage interface may then be connected to the host interface using a second connector. Finally, the peer-to?peer bus is attached between the first and second storage connectors. The peer-to-peer bus could comprise one or morepassive connections. The peer-to peer bus can include several active connections. A switch fabric can be included in the peer-to-peer network bus. The peer-to-peer bus could be situated at least on one of a midplane, a motherboard, or a switchboard. Thefirst storage device may be connected to the peer-to-peer bus via a first peer-to-peer connector, while the second storage device may be connected to the peer-to-peer bus through a second peer-to-peer connector. The peer-to-peer bus could comprise several contacts that couple the first peer-to-peer connector to the peer-to-peer bus. One or more contacts may comprise sliding contacts. The peer-to-peer bus could comprise plates, circuit board, ribbon, or an acable. The system may be contained in an enclosure comprising one or more chassis, a rack a room or a building.
A storage device could comprise a storage medium as well as a storage controller that is coupled to it. It could also comprise an interface for storage connected to the controller as well as a peer to peer interface. One or one or more of the following options can be utilized for a peer-to-peer interfaces: wired, optical or wireless interface. A two-port interface may be integrated into the storage interface. The storage interface might have the capability of loopback. The storage connector can be connected to the storage interface. The storage connector can be connected to the peer-to-peer interface. A second connector can be added to the storage device. A sliding contact or two can be added to the additional connector.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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