Virtualization

DFS: A File System for Virtualized Flash Storage

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Executive Summary

This paper presents the design, implementation and evaluation of Direct File System (DFS) for virtualized flash storage. Instead of using traditional layers of abstraction, the layers of abstraction are designed for directly accessing flash memory devices. DFS has two main novel features. First, it lays out its files directly in a very large virtual storage address space provided by FusionIO's virtual flash storage layer. Second, it leverages the virtual flash storage layer to perform block allocations and atomic updates. As a result, DFS performs better and it is much simpler than a traditional Unix file system with similar functionalities.

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