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Bulk file I/O extensions to Java

  • Author(s): Bonachea, D
  • Editor(s): Gannon, Dennis
  • Mehrotra, Piyush
  • et al.

The file I/O classes present in Java have proven too inefficient to meet the demands of high-performance applications that perform large amounts of I/O. The inefficiencies stem primarily from the library interface which requires programs to read arrays a single element at a time. We present two extensions to the Java I/O libraries which alleviate this problem. The first adds bulk (array) I/O operations to the existing libraries, removing much of the overhead currently associated with array I/O. The second is a new library that adds direct support for asynchronous I/O to enable masking I/O latency with overlapped computation. The extensions were implemented in Titanium, a high-performance, parallel dialect of Java. We present experimental results that compare the performance of the extensions with the existing I/O libraries on a simple, external merge sort application. The results demonstrate that our extensions deliver vastly superior I/O performance for this array-based application.

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