[Tig] ZFS for DI?

Bob Friesenhahn bfriesen at simple.dallas.tx.us
Tue Aug 14 01:01:03 BST 2007

Has anyone on this list used Sun's ZFS filesystem for DI work?  It 
clearly has obvious advantages over some other filesystems for the 
type of I/O that DI work needs.  In particular, it is really fast for 
writing new files and reading existing ones.

Sun open-sourced the ZFS filesystem and it is (obviously) in Solaris 
10, but is included in FreeBSD 7, will apparently be included in a 
future version of Apple OS X (Leopard), and can be used as an inferior 
(non-kernel, slow) filesystem under Linux.

Some benchmark papers comparing performance with some other 
filesystems may be found at 
"http://blogs.sun.com/Peerapong/entry/solaris_zfs_performance".  The 
comparison with Windows 2003 NTFS was a real eye-opener.

The Wikipedia page on ZFS is at "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZFS".

I plan to build a fast disk system based on ZFS to see how it really 

Bob Friesenhahn
bfriesen at simple.dallas.tx.us, http://www.simplesystems.org/users/bfriesen/
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,    http://www.GraphicsMagick.org/

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