Data Centers

An Architecture for High Performance File System I/O

Date Added: Sep 2010
Format: PDF

This paper presents architecture of current filesystem implementations as well as the new filesystem SpadFS and operating system Spad with rewritten VFS layer targeted at high performance I/O applications. The paper presents microbenchmarks and real-world benchmarks of different filesystems on the same kernel as well as benchmarks of the same filesystem on different kernels - enabling the reader to make conclusion how much is the performance of various tasks affected by operating system and how much by physical layout of data on disk. The paper describes the novel features - most notably continuous allocation of directories and cross-file readahead - and shows their impact on performance.