DragonFly kernel List (threaded) for 2008-03
HAMMER update 23-Mar-08
Here's an update on the HAMMER work!
* Passes all standard filesystem stress tests and buildworld will
run with a HAMMER /usr/obj. Large histories are able to accumulate
without effecting performance.
* Pruning and reblocking code is in and partially tested, but now needs
more stringent testing.
* Full historical access appears to be working but needs testing.
Note that a sync is still needed to flush dirty cached data prior
to acquiring a timestamp for the 'snapshot' to be set in stone.
(dirty data cached in-memory has no historical tags and must be
committed to physical disk before it can be accessed historically).
* There is one known bug in the standard operations code paths
that results in an assertion in HAMMER's I/O subsystem.
* There are probably bugs in the reblocking and/or pruning code. More
likely in the reblocking code.
There are two big-ticket and several little-ticket items left. HAMMER
will officially go Alpha when the big-ticket items are done, and beta
when we get a few of the little-ticket items done.
Big ticket items left:
* UNDO (crash recovery) code. Currently it writes out undo records but
they are not yet sequenced, buffer writes are not yet ordered, and
there is no mount-time recovery code yet.
This is the last item needed before HAMMER can go operational.
* Filesystem full handling. Currently no space is reserved for dirty
cached data so it is possible to create/write files and for HAMMER
to not have sufficient space left on-disk to flush it.
Little ticket items:
* Automated reblocking (currently these functions are manually
initialized via the hammer utility).
* I/O clustering and preliminary BMAP op when writing out large files.
* CRC checking (CRC fields are reserved but not entirely generated yet
and not yet checked at all).
* Disaster Recovery filesystem scan.
* Boot support.
I expect all of these items and more to be handled by the 2.0 release
Additional HAMMER capabilities
(no timeline yet)
* Adding, removing, and resizing a HAMMER filesystem's backing store.
Ultimate Goals and working towards them
(no timeline yet)
Our ultimate goal with HAMMER and DragonFly in general is to support
fully cache coherent replication in a multi-machine environment. This
involves several steps and networking protocols.
* Replication of synchronization streams based on the UNDO log. If
resynchronizing to a target which is too old a B-Tree scan will
likely be required.
* Cache coherency protocols for machine-machine coherency for both
replicated and remote-HAMMER access.
I have no time frame for these items yet. It will depend on how quickly
HAMMER moves to Alpha and Beta status. I will say, however, now
that HAMMER's on-disk format has solidified, that I have a very precise
understanding of the protocols that will be needed to accomplish fully
cache coherent remote access for both replicated and non-replicated
(remote mount style) access.
And, as you know, fully coherent filesystem access across machines is
going to be the basis for DragonFly's clustering across said machines.
In summary, things are progressing very well.