DragonFly kernel List (threaded) for 2011-05
HAMMER2 design in progress - 1-2 year time frame
I'm almost done with the design stage for the HAMMER2 filesystem and
will soon begin coding. The basic design document is here:
Lots of tech-speak inside, attach heat sinks to your brain!
I am going to caution that I expect it to take about a year to implement
most of the features (including the clustering bits which will be fully
integrated into the filesystem), and probably 2 years for it to reach
production stability. HAMMER2 is not going to replace HAMMER1 any time
In addition, HAMMER2 is going to have two serious restrictions relative
to other filesystems. (1) HAMMER2 will not support hardlinks. And
(2) HAMMER2 has no physical way to resolve '..' and will depend on the
operating system's namecache to handle '..' (which DragonFly's will).
There are many reasons for these restrictions, but it mostly comes down
to the complexity of cluster cache coherency and mirroring protocols
(making hardlinks extremely difficult to implement) and support for
writable snapshots (making inode_num->physical translations and parent
pointers extremely difficult to implement). It's kind of a
HAMMER2 will also do away with the PFS concept, and instead any
subdirectory tree can be treated as a PFS and independently mirrored,
and also account for space & inodes used.
So HAMMER2 is going to have a lot of cluster-friendly features. A
veritable ton, but in order to be able to implement those features
in a reasonable time frame with a reasonably low degree of complexity
I had to make the above two tradeoffs.