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SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] DualFS: File System with Meta-data and Data Separation
Jörn Engel wrote:
> On Thu, 15 February 2007 23:59:14 +0100, Juan Piernas Canovas wrote:
>> Actually, the version of DualFS for Linux 2.4.19 implements a cleaner. In
>> our case, the cleaner is not really a problem because there is not too
>> much to clean (the meta-data device only contains meta-data blocks which
>> are 5-6% of the file system blocks; you do not have to move data blocks).
> That sounds as if you have not hit the "interesting" cases yet. Fun
> starts when your device is near-full and you have a write-intensive
> workload. In your case, that would be metadata-write-intensive. For
> one, this is where write performance of log-structured filesystems
> usually goes down the drain. And worse, it is where the cleaner can
> run into a deadlock.
> Being good where log-structured filesystems usually are horrible is a
> challenge. And I'm sure many people are more interested in those
> performance number than in the ones you shine at. :)
Actually I am interested in the common case, where the machine is not
out of space, or memory, or CPU, but when it is appropriately sized to
the workload. Not that I lack interest in corner cases, but the "running
flat out" case doesn't reflect case where there's enough hardware, now
the o/s needs to use it well.

The one high load benchmark I would love to see is a web server, running
tux, with a load over a large (number of files) distributed data set.
The much faster tar create times posted make me think that a server with
a lot of files would benefit, when CPU and memory requirements are not a

Bill Davidsen <>
"We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked." - from Slashdot

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