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FadingBF: A Bloom Filter with Consistent Guarantees for Online Applications
Vairam P.K., , Veezhinathan K.,
Published in IEEE Computer Society

Bloom filter (BF), when used by an online application, experiences monotonically increasing false-positive errors. The decay of stale elements can control false-positives. Existing mechanisms for decay require unreasonable storage and computation. Inexpensive methods reset the BF periodically, resulting in inconsistent guarantees and performance issues in the underlying computing system. In this work, we propose Fading Bloom filter (FadingBF), which can provide inexpensive yet safe decay of elements. FadingBF neither requires additional storage nor computation to achieve this but instead exploits the underlying storage medium's intrinsic properties, i.e., DRAM capacitor characteristics. We realize FadingBF by implementing the BF on a DRAM memory module with its periodic refresh disabled. Consequently, the capacitors holding the data elements that are not accessed frequently will predictably lose charge and naturally decay. The retention time of capacitors guarantees against premature deletion. However, some capacitors may store information longer than required due to the FadingBF's software and hardware variables. Using an analytical model of the FadingBF, we show that carefully tuning its parameters can minimize such cases. For a surveillance application, we demonstrate that FadingBF achieves better guarantees through graceful decay, consumes 57% lesser energy, and has a system load that is lesser than the standard BF. IEEE

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