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OBFS: A File System for Object-based Storage Devices

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The object-based storage model, in which files are made up of one or more data objects stored on self-contained Object-Based Storage Devices (OSDs), is emerging as an architecture for distributed storage systems. The workload presented to the OSDs will be quite different from that of general- purpose file systems, yet many distributed file systems employ general-purpose file systems as their underlying file system. We present OBFS, a small and highly efficient file system designed for use in OSDs. Our experiments show that our user-level implementation of OBFS outperforms Linux Ext2 and Ext3 by a factor of two or three, and while OBFS is 1/25 the size of XFS, it provides only slightly lower read performance and 10%–40% higher write performance.

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