A Note Extending the Analysis of Two-Head Disk Systems to More General Seek-Time Characteristics

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We analyze a model of a movable-head disk system with two read/write heads maintained a fixed distance d apart on each arm. Successive request-addresses are assumed to be independent random variables, uniformly distributed over the set of cylinders. The purpose of an earlier analysis was to find that value of d which minimizes the expected seek time per request, assuming that seek time varies linearly with the distance z traveled by the heads. In this note, we extend this analysis to more general seek-time characteristics which take into account nonlinear acceleration effects. Detailed results, combining both analysis and simulation experiments, are presented for seek times linear in zα 0  α  1. An unexpected result of the study was that the value of d which minimizes expected seek time is very nearly independent of α. © 1989 IEEE

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Calderbank, AR; Coffman, EG; Flatto, L

Published Date

  • January 1, 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1584 - 1586

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0018-9340

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/12.42130

Citation Source

  • Scopus