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Subject[ANNOUNCE] Ceph distributed file system v0.4 (snapshot support)
Hi,

Ceph is a distributed file system designed for performance, reliability,
and scalability. Basic features include:

* POSIX semantics
* Seamless scaling from 1 to many thousands of nodes, petabytes of storage
* No single point of failure
* N-way replication of data across storage nodes
* Fast recovery from node failures
* Automatic rebalancing of data on node addition/removal
* Easy deployment: most FS components are userspace daemons

New in this release:

* Flexible snapshots (create snapshots of _any_ subdirectory)
* Recursive accounting for size, ctime, file counts
* Lots of client bug fixes and improvements, including asynchronous
writepages, additional crc protection of network messages, sendpage
(zero-copy writes where supported).

The main new item in this release is the snapshot support. Unlike
snapshots in most other file systems, Ceph snapshots are not
volume-wide; they can be created on a per-subdirectory (tree) basis. That
is, you can do something like

$ cd /ceph
$ mkdir foo/.snap/foo_snap
$ ls foo/.snap
foo_snap
$ mkdir foo/bar/.snap/bar_snap
$ ls foo/bar/.snap
_1223284321_foo_snap # parents' snaps are preceeded by parent's ino #
bar_snap

A read-only view of the subdirectory's content at the time of snapshot
creation is available from the virtual .snap/$snapname directory.
Snapshots include accurate recursive accounting statistics (like rsize,
which reflects the total size of all files nested beneath a directory, and
is reported by default as a directory's st_size). For example,

$ cd test
$ tar jxf something.tar.bz2 &
$ mkdir .snap/1
$ mkdir .snap/2
$ killall %1
$ ls -al .snap
total 0
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root 0 Jan 1 1970 . # virtual ".snap" dir
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root 3590037 Oct 7 20:36 .. # the "live" dir is biggest
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1220238 Oct 7 20:36 1
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root 2366114 Oct 7 20:36 2

Snapshot removal is as simple as

$ rmdir foo/.snap/foo_snap

The kernel client has stabilized significantly in the last few months.
The next release will focus on improving the failure recovery behavior of
the storage cloud (mainly, throttling recovery and snap removal versus
client workloads), responding intelligently to partial failures (EIO on
individual file objects), coping with ENOSPC conditions, and general
stability improvements.

More information at

http://ceph.newdream.net/

Source at

git clone git://ceph.newdream.net/ceph.git

Thanks-
sage



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