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SubjectRe: [RFC 0/13] extents and 48bit ext3
On Jun 08, 2006  22:40 -0400, wrote:
> On Thu, 08 Jun 2006 18:20:54 PDT, Mingming Cao said:
> > To address this need, there are co-effort from RedHat, ClusterFS, IBM
> > and BULL to move ext3 from 32 bit filesystem to 48 bit filesystem,
> > expanding ext3 filesystem limit from 8TB today to 1024 PB. The 48 bit
> > ext3 is build on top of extent map changes for ext3, originally from
> > Alex Tomas. In short, the new ext3 on-disk extents format is:
> which implies matching changes to mkfs.ext2 and possibly mount..

The extents format doesn't need any support from mke2fs. Currently this
is activated by a mount option "-o extents", so it won't be used until
a system administrator actively enables it.

> > Appreciate any comments and feedbacks!
> Somebody else was recently discussing a set of patches to ext3 for
> extents+delalloc+mballoc patches - is this work compatible with that?

Yes, completely compatible (author is the same person). We have all been
working to get these improvements into the vanilla kernel so that everyone
can benefit from the improved performance. These patches are just the
start - the mballoc and delalloc patches are follow-on patches, but they
do not affect the on-disk format just the in-memory implementation of
block allocation.

> Also, a pointer to the matching userspace patches would help anybody
> who's gung-ho enough to test the code....

They were posted to the ext2-devel mailing list previously, or you can
download a patched RPM at
(the extent support is making its way into the official e2fsprogs also).

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger
Principal Software Engineer
Cluster File Systems, Inc.

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