April 21, 2011

News from the world of filesystems and storage devices

Events

The annual USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST) is one of the premier events for researchers and practictioners working in the fields of filesystems, storage devices, and related technology. This year's conference, FAST '11, has just concluded, and I've been catching up on the various information that was shared at the conference. This is an information-packed event and every paper is worth reading. Often, trying to keep up with events like these can be overwhelming, so let me offer two "guides" to help you as you embark upon your study:

As for myself,

At Perforce, we are quite concerned with filesystem implementation details. Perforce customers make extreme demands on their file systems: Perforce servers that manage terabytes of versioned data are common, and petabyte installations are no longer unique. Our performance team spends a lot of effort studying the behaviors of different file systems under different workloads in order to keep up to date with the best available current implementations. In the world of version control, system sizes grow steadily; before you know it, you have decades of historical data under management! As your installation grows and your needs increase, please feel free to contact us to discuss your particular situation and we'll be pleased to work with you to get the best possible system in place.