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SubjectRe: [PATCH] fs: Add romfs version 2
On 07/30/2007 08:12 PM, Phillip Susi wrote:

> Lindsay Roberts wrote:
>> * Increases romfs partition size limit from 2GB to 4GB.
>> * Adds new derivative of romfs filesystem (rom2fs) with
>> block aligned regular file data to bring performance
>> parity with ext2/3. This is about 225% of the read
>> speed of the existing romfs.
>
> Why does block alignment of files have any influence on speed for a rom
> based ( no seek time ) filesystem?

A CD-ROM is also a ROM...

But on a general note, please also note that the expensive seek versus cheap
read we know from magnetic is (well, can be that is) still present with
memory technologies, although much less pronounced.

Memory technologies (including flash) have historically had "burst" modes
where sequential accesses are sped up significanly versus random accesses,
causing really the exact same seek-versus-read principle as on magnetic.

Quite uncertain if/when the difference will ever be as pronounced as on
magnetic, but I believe we should at least be prepared to deal with this
problem for a _long_ time still...

Rene.

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