An Introduction to the Implementation of ZFS (part 2 of 2)


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McKusick, Kirk
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Much has been documented about how to use ZFS, but little has been written about how it is implemented. This talk pulls back the covers to describe the design and implementation of ZFS. The content of this talk was developed by scouring through blog posts, tracking down unpublished papers, hours of reading through the quarter-million lines of code that implement ZFS, and endless email with the ZFS developers themselves. The result is a concise description of an elegant and powerful system.
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right so I I'm told I don't have the like completely cut 20 minutes of my lecture but that I should move along so I'm gonna do my yet Robert Watson imitation marble have broken right so this is the structure of of z a fast and there's a lot of footage 2 layers that we want to look at here at the bottom below the lower dotted line we have what's called the objects that wire and objects that are in that layer or are things like file systems were snapshot or clone oryzae evolve or whatever and then the between the 2 dotted lines there is the matter objects that wire and that's the if you will the pool that's that that the big pool of all the blocks in particular what you'll see off on the right there thing that's assessed space map and that's the thing that actually keeps track of all of the blocks where there what the state of IEEE allocated or not allocated and in this
picture any place we see this what a triangle thing that represents a set of indirect blocks are so for example down at the bottom here you see other objects that in this case can be a file system on the 1st is that the the row below that is all I nodes so that the triangle where it represents the fact that the I nodes you can logically think of them and as in a big file firing the more I nodes and you have just make file bigger and more I nodes at the end of it and so course you need a set of indirect block because that can be an arbitrarily large files are then in that set of I nodes you see is an example of violent course filed the indirect blocks typically to describe the the user data that's in that file off unlike you have fast where you have direct block single indirect double indirect triple indirect in the cases on that that if you have a single type of interaction so if you can reference the
file with a single block pointer then it's just a direct block on our there's only 1 block pointer in that I know type for reasons that will become clear shortly on and so as soon as you can you can fit into a single block which is typically 128 killed bytes then you you replace that block with a pointer to an indirect block and then the indirect block references data and if you run out of point of indirect single indirect block point if you create a double indirect block you get it to point to that single indirectly you had before then you start creating more single indirect so you so I keep upgrading on New Europe you have a direct block corner where you have a pointer to single indirect or you have appointed a double indirect of 4 different files cell have different numbers of levels of of indirect block pointers but it'll all be fixed a single type of thing for any given file and but the 1st node is always the master node which is where we just storm stuff about the file system and then you just have the usual thing you'd see directories and files and symbolic links and so on very much like you would expect to see in a typical your best file system and so that object set there that's points to the the the nodes if you will is kind of like the super block for a typical your 1st file system and then in the object layer again you have a thing which just has a pointer to a bunch of things that describe all the different things that you have there so again you have mastered it keeps track of the general staff and then you can see in this picture we have a thing that references a snapshot as evil file system of clone etc. but the 1 thing is that out of the and here we have the the space but again it's it's an extensible structure and if you need you know you decide creates more snapshots and we need to more entries there we just make it bigger just like a file graph and so then that the objects set there at the top of the metal object thing
is the thing that describes all of the different things that are in this particular pole and then finally the other thing that references that is that number blocks so a lot of people think of the number block is a super block but it's really it's whatever is more than a super block because it's keeping track of all the file systems in the pool and when we take a checkpoint what we're gonna check point is that were block so when you take a checkpoint you are taking checkpoint across all of the file systems snapshots etc. that in the entire pool which means essentially take a checkpoint gives you that consistency across all of your file systems it's not just that you check a particular classes are at block corners
1 of the other best developers not met and described it as the Titanic of block pointed out as you can see here that it is
was at 128 bytes enough block point and that if we don't mess around you know and and when we went from your past Monday August to we went from 60 per bite-block pointers to a block a bite block corners and we thought 0 my goodness thinkable that wasted space doesn't hold a candle to what we've got here OK so what that do we actually have in this block corner well you'll see that with the 1 of 3 things there that are look pretty much the same so we have all of the sort of it takes 2 rows here but to actually describe were block is somewhere in the pool that is this that the DAB which tells you for which disk it's on and then you have the offset and that's the the block on that particular day so you know you have the disk and the block pointer and then the you'll notice that we have a number of different
sizes here we have the a size the piece size and that the L size so we have a lot of logical size of physical size and the allocated size and the the other thing is that you'll see over there is a little g which is just a flag of what sometimes happens is if you do this gets to your pool gets to full of you you may need that's a 128 K block but you don't have any 128 K blocks laughter anywhere and so then you have to essentially take some smaller pieces and sort of gloom together to make your of your larger 128 K block and there's a thing called again block which just describes its like well this particular block is made up of this this and this piece and so if if this point they're actually has to reference a number of pieces to make up the block they began blocks that will be set they're telling you that's that's what's going on naturally you want to try and avoid doing that you can and
here you can see how we do the redundancy of if we need redundancy then we've got the the to be 3 an offset to offset 3 so that's where we keep the extra copies of so if it's just you know it's is no redundancy than others the beat of 2 and 3 will be empty but if you have a single you use to double redundant single bit of redundancy 2 blocks and the death 1 and beat up to will point to you know there's copy 1 and there's copy to and CFS tries to split that across different desks so they were trying to you know put 1 copy on 1 spindle and and another copy on another spindle and the triple redundancy then you get 3 also be building again will try and put that on a 3rd spindle up so that you have copies were spread out not just all on the same drive down obvious if you've only got 1 drive and they all obviously had to be on the same drive but but not guaranteed that be split but will try and do that if a cat and you'll notice that down at the last 4 lines there is the checks on and that's the check sum for the block and of course the checksum should come out the same for all 3 of those blocks so we only 1 checks some because you know we got 3 copies they should all come out with the same value of checks some off but this is again here we have stored checksums separately from the data if we read in 1 of the copies and the check some fails our 1st 1st option is to see if we have a redundant copy and and hold the redundant copy and see Pajek somewhere work and if it does then we say OK well that's the crap copy this is the good copy and will just you know update that other 1 that's obviously wrong to fix it up and if you were lucky enough to have 1 where we've got triple redundancy there we can read in all 3 and then what have voting almost 2 agrees with the check that 1 doesn't so it's clearly the outline what we have other back if
there is no this is not there is no redundancy there's just a single point single block allocated for this block pointer then we have to fall back to if we ever greater mirroring or some other things as as a way of recovering that data OK but we keep track of the birth time of the block R and the Burke time is essentially when this thing that allocated all and in terms of this it's not actually a timestamp but rather what happens is each time we take a checkpoint with incremental checkpoint counter so we start off with checkpoint 1 checkpoint to a point 3 checkpoint 4 and so we've taken checkpoint for now block it's LKT on that's going to 1st be part of Chap . 5 and as you'll see later when we start trying to figure out when blocks can be free all we need to know when it came into existence on is that we need to have 2 different times there is when we're
doing deduplication because a block 1st gets created when it 1st comes into existence there may be that the other references to it they're coming from essentially things that have been the duplicated and so we have a 2nd time which is when the when it came into existence as part of this file as opposed to when it came into existence for the 1st time OK so and then there's a bunch of other stuff like it for that what what which algorithm were using for the check summoned for doing compression which algorithm using for the compression and of the physical logical sizes may be different to the logical size might be 128 K but the actual physical size would be smaller were doing compression on it so you know if it's logically 128 but actually it's only 48 hours that that should be used after the compression happens up and then that the actual size can be bigger than the physical size because we may have gained blocks or other things there and making bigger and people with raids we also have to take into an account for the the parity blocks the part of the rate of when we're considering how much space detection using on the arrays so whenever I talk about a block corner this is what I'm talking about and you can begin to see why we can't pack a whole lot of those into and I know because well behind it would be really huge very quickly on and in fact even with the the indirect blocks and you only get I think 128 in a in a typical indirect blocks have been back and do the math but the point is not any time we talk about what corner that's were talking about this is how we carry on the checks and how we do all of redundancy K I've said
a lot of the block management stuff already all this blocks are kept in the big pool and then the multiple file systems and snapshots and clones all z balls etc. are all just objects they're within that pool of and so the block from the pool argument file systems as the needed and they get we claim to the pool when they're free and I talked about how you can reserve space and war put quotas on space to make sure that persistence can get spaces if they really needed and to make sure that they don't use all the pools so take take that picture that
we just looked at and drill down a little more deeply into it and this is the sort of exploded some of those are abstract objects that I showed you before or not Dean nodes all or the this structures which serves would have if you will the closest that we have to the notion of an I node ID notice were more generalized structure so you can see they get used for various and sundry other purposes there is for the term we're things are 8 can but so so the nodes the sort of generalized things that they really contracted lots of stuff and they have like what they call bonus buffering them and so if it's representing something that's in in their notion of parsecs file then it'll the it'll have this sort of stuff that you need to keep track of where the fire like owner and group in modal I kind of think on in other places I where it's it's new sort of describing something that's part of a a file system then it'll have a dataset which is sort of a different set of information the it's keeping track of snapshots and so on OK so I can see sort of several examples here over on the right hand side of the we have
the objects that which makes up the file system and it's what has 3 D nodes associated with it but 2 of them are used for the user and group quotas and and 1 is the thing that tracks that the file that makes up all of the logically i nodes in the file system and then of course they just have while data underneath them as you might expect what you'll see little pointers off to the side there where it says it all and that's that is EFS intent log 1 of the issues where z fast it even though it's always consistent there's a lot of changes that accumulate on before we take a checkpoint and as you'll see when I go through what's involved in taking a checkpoint you'll see it that's a fairly heavyweight thing to do and so we have to keep track of what happened since the last checkpoint if we want and make certain promises out to applications in particular if you do an absent when absent system call returns that says I
promise that the data for this file is on the desk and it will be there after a crash well you'd say well it's easy just take checkpoint anytime someone does absent well when you see was involved in checkpoint you'll understand that's a non-starter and so we have to have some other way of providing absent short of taking a checkpoint and when we do that is with the intent log so there's when you do enough saying we essentially make sure that all the information that we need to make sure that that wireless there is written out into the intent and then what'll happen is after a crash we of course get the checkpoint which is completely clean file system with then just walk through the intent of doing all the things that it says you know create this file that while blah blah blah blah and out then we once we get the analog we can take a checkpoint and now the log is committed in the file system is consistent and everything is exactly as you would expect it to be so so any time you have 1
these things that can be modified if you need to be able to ensure consistency of it you we have the intent want to do that OK some of some other things you can see here it if you had a file system work alone it would look like this but when you take a snapshot it looks a lot like Windows file systems but since it doesn't change we don't for example need to have a of Intent Log associated with it but we don't need to have user group quotas now that we actually do people frozen copy of those because if you decide to make a clone and you need them anyway but I didn't put them in this picture was was really room for up with his involves the ball is just supposed to look like a desk or or just partition and so it it only needs to nodes 1 is the master node to keep track of stuff as usual and the other is a file that represents the broadest partition that we are represented but unlike a regular Rogers partition it has all the properties that
you would expect from the so you can take a snapshot of your raw this partition on and that you for hard to do typically with your typical brought this partition so you you get extra functionality out of it that you wouldn't get if it would if you were actually just using a Rogers petitions in particular is the popular with databases you get a database to get itself to a consistent state then you take a snapshot and there you have it and then a snapshot of your your database alright up so then above in the metadata layer you can see that each 1 of these objects of image file system a review all whatever but has a a day of the node which has a dataset which represents it and there is a also a endure node on and directories but there's this this whole infrastructure which is essentially a database as a key value pair database on and so that it's used for directories lately 1 when implementing files that's also use for lots of other things like keeping track of the they you always snapshots that are associated with a particular file system in on what that water is from you know the youngest or oldest and all this sort of thing and so have you each each thing like is the volatile system work clone it has the ability to have snapshots associated with it is going to have 1 of those 3 nodes are associated with the snapshot itself doesn't need that because it's just a snapshot OK so again 0 yeah notice and also the space map of course but is it has to be an extensible data structure because it can be however big are the amount of the the data space is that we need to keep track of how it looks a lot like a like a bit map that you'd see in your that's where you have you ever been per block more or less OK up
so let's let's start with her proceed on to what's involved in taking a checkpoint while you are running along when you GFS file system were just collecting all the updates in memory so she's like blah-blah-blah more and more stuff accumulates and then at some point we decide that it's time to take another checkpoint and so what we're going to do is collect together all the changes that have happened and I'll talk a little bit about that in the next slide up but we collect all these things together and we write them all out to some unused space because remember never going over right anything and then the very last step after we've got more that there an old idea was completed in the disks of come back and said the done and you say are you lying to me and I don't know we really put it on the desk at
cetera then we say OK now we can update you were blocked and if you look at something sort of the waffle from the Network Appliance 1 they really just have 2 of these were block equivalent and they just alternate writing to 1 of the other and you just look and see which 1 is the newer 1 and that's the current checkpoint often CFS is a little more paranoid about this and so for every disk that you have they allocate as the set of 256 were blocks at the front and back of every single day are so if you've got a pool of 5 of these the the CFI of right 5 disks in your rate you got 10 different areas that have number blocks and any time we need the updated we pick I think like at random 3 different number of these areas and we write what you do this like a a circular pointer we update the next 1 in the in those 3
places so in fact of flying the most up-to-date over block is that you have to read the front and back of every disk in your pool and then sort of put them all together walk through look at all of them and find out alright what's the newest out of all of these things on that's Aruba block so it's a little bit of work but I mean you know it's not that bad but but the point is that there's no they they just are sort of paranoid to a fairly high level of you know making sure that they don't lose block OK so how do you check and as a authorities said the checkpoint affects everything in the pool so when we take a checkpoint we're pointing up all always evils all file systems all of the clones all once they talked about how we need the log the changes between the checkpoints but to make sure that we can deal with things that need to be persistent up
and the recovery will talk a little bit more about that you just essentially what you thing and act like OK
so now I want you to understand why it is that checkpoints are expensive now admittedly this is like the worst case scenario this is where you update 1 byte in 1 file and this is what you need to do now obviously you update a lot of different files and a lot of the higher level stuff here is going to you know only change once projected 1 but here's what happens got this file of that's shown here and so where has step 1 we had the right to the and and to the end of file well of course that changes that data block so we can just add that bite to that data block because well we can't change anything so we're going to have to allocate a new block I told you the other you copy the from 127 K and then
put the last you know 2 3 bytes even add at the end of it OK so now we have a new data block flow the indirect block pointer still points of the old blocks of organ also have to update the indirect block pointed now points to this newly allocated block and was indirect pointer that points to that indirect block has to be updated the dotted out all the way up and of course then the pointer in I know for the file has now changed along probably some size information and timestamp and other things so we need a new copy of the i know what we can update that I know so we have to allocate a new block of the I node file that happens to contain that particular I node so we'll do that but then of course the indirect block pointer for that has to change in its indirect block 1 has to change the dotted out all the way up the steps for their onto the objects that and course it now has to point to the new indirect like corners we have that here we update that then which of course that means that the file that that's at the bottom of the net object layer there and step 6 has to change in and Bob Loblaw often step 7 through all the indirect pointers are and then the thing at the top of the objects that has to be replaced so you start doing the math you know we might have to write a megabyte work stuff to update 1 by OK now obviously you you're probably going to be adding a lot of data to that file and you know all that would happen even if we had you know made huge changes to the file if we change the other files in the file system that and you know if those 2 I don't happen to be close together then again there would be no additional stuff going on so the reason that we want to collect together changes between checkpoints is because this would this initial really high cost of making a change but then as we do more stuff you what actually has to change more and more just the stuff that actually changing unless unless of all the meta stuff that's in between but you can see why would not be reasonable every time we didn't absent to take a checkpoint use if we did that we get clobbered so this is why we need to have this self up OK so the the the for 1 of the issues that you have a non overriding file system is you can't overwrite anything it's not like well Moroccan overrated data but it's OK in overwrite some other things the only thing that ever gets overwritten is you were blocked and as we've already described that's actually not that there's many many copies of it have quite a while before any given member block evidence of written again alright so the next
thing that I wanna look at here is raid z and in this particular example we have 5 desks disks 1 2 3 4 and 5 and it's kind of hard to see somebody the shape of the of of the picture alternates of
shaded and unshaded to describe the blocks so the 1st block this in this picture is all strike 1 all strike 2 and then the next block the got allocated is the 1st 4 blocks of straight 3 and then the next block after that they got allocated is the last block and in striped 3 in in the 1st 3 of strike for etc. so we're alternating shaded in in g OK the point here is that when we write a block to the raid see the block is whatever the size of that particular block and so we the Blackwater tells us how big the thing is that were pointing at and so you we allocate just what we need so that can see here that in in this particular case where we're doing a single level of redundancy and so that would put down a parity block and then we can have up to the war data blocks that are associated with that particular parity block art so in that for the 1st block that we have there but it's actually got a data blocks in which very conveniently then only needs to parity blocks so you see these are the 1 D 2 D 3D 45 67 and then the 2 parity blocks the P P 0 and P 1 of then on that next 1 it's only 3 blocks along so the 0 1 and 2 are so we got parity 0 4 D 0 1 and 2 and and you'll see that you have the parity for the next block this happens to be on this slide in this particular case because that's where the next available space was and and you see it the 0 1 and 2 of them have a very small block is just a single give the 0 and of course it needs its own parity as well so 1 of the assorted drawbacks of grades is that if got a lot of things the tiny block so you have a lot of parity over are and where this is not normally an issue for oppressed because it likes 128 K block site kinds of sizes but when you have the
vaults if you've got this you've all set to be in a K block size you end up having a 50 % parity overhead because everything is a ParityPlus available on the other thing is you'll see a few cases here where there's just an ax to become down here to strike a lot you'll see that we have a a something that's 4 blocks long since D 0 D 1 D 2 D 3 and its parity block but we never will 1 have an odd number of blocks of because the the the problem with that is that that if we didn't actually reserve that last 1 we could end up with a pieces the disk that we could never use because it only be end up being a single piece and you need minimum in this case of to have parity pulsar data and if it's double parody then you need a minimum of 3 in triple parity you need a minimum of 4 and so you need to make sure that you're never going to allocate in such a way that you be left up with pieces that you won't be able to you and so in this case we always make sure that everything is in multiples of 2 blocks are now this issue for this of course is that normally when you go to reconstruct a rate or they just put the desk and don't need to know anything about what's on the on the dining about the format of the file system because you just read in the that in this case the for good disks and then figure out what the parity is computed and drop it into the the disk that failed were calculate with the data block would be in rapid into the disk that failed In the case of z a fast but we're going to do is we actually have to do essentially a fine from the top of the tree and walked down through everything that's allocated out because we're going to block by by block by block because we we know we need to know what the size of the blocks on where they're located so in the case is the aggressive actually means that grade reconstruction is fast if you pull wasn't very fall behind up look at all the contents of all the desks we
only have to look at the stuff that was allocated in the file system on the other hand if in fact you pull is nearly full is actually slower than a traditional race because there's a lot of random-access Fyodorov and get all the stuff that we need in order to be able to walk the tree so it is depending on how for your poll is it may take you more or less time to reconstruct you read the in the event of a failure and this
I've already pretty much just said that we traverse all the objects and look at all the block pointers and reconstruct the flux OK so you'll notice that 1 of the benefits that we don't get would rate z is unlike the traditional raid we never have to read in and we compute the parity in right back out because everything that were writing is exactly the size of the block it's you some number data blocks some number parities and we just write it down there with a fixed size block in the traditional raid if you're not writing the whole strike and you've got it read the parity and we compute and put it back and so it's this never needing to recalculate the parity is is 1 of the benefits that we get on with greedy cutting down on the amount of audio that we need to do all the other thing is that we don't have to worry about the so called raid hole up again this comes more from the the fact that were non overriding file system of the rain the whole occurs when you go to update a strike on a traditional raid if course after typically write stuff on some number of drives well if you've written like this so you need the right all strike yeah right all 5 spindles and you've written 3 of line and power fails and you get the last 2 written will now you can't reconstruct that strike because it's sort of have updated and have not updated and you're screwed so you have to essentially have non ball memory or something so that you can keep track of the things that you haven't quite finished writing all the red stripe on so that when the things come back you can reconstruct those pieces essentially write them with their their new value now costs Zia magically figured out how to write everything in perfect harmony but the point is that it doesn't matter because we were writing stuff out we haven't taken the checkpoint yet and so we're not gonna take the checkpoint and update you were blocked until everything is written and all everything is completed so if we get halfway through writing part of a radian strike it doesn't matter because you know it's not part of the actual file system itself until we do that checkpoint update of the were blocked and so that the whole range whole thing in the non volatile memory and
you know dealing with power up and all that just not a problem we just don't care alright so now we get
to the really tricky bit and that is freeing blocks and this is 1 of the things where you up as really has kind easy it just says that you know you remove that while great those blocks of free put him back on the free list and story at including snapshots because snapshots you know they have their own references to the blocks and that's all just fine so when you remove the snapshot those blocks associated with a K. 3 in the case of the oppressed of course about a block may be part of a bunch of things that you may be portable file system but then in there may be other part copies of a better rugby reference data snapshots are clones or who knows what all and so we need to keep track of everything that's claiming a block and only when the last thing claiming a block it is done with it can we actually free the blocks so this then as sort of a progression over time of how to do this so when the very first one had not overrating file system was done which was at Berkeley part of the LFS our project that that was in the very early BST is it came out on what we didn't try and keep track of how when blocks for free we just had a garbage collector so when we sort of ran out of the blocks that we knew were free we would run the garbage collector of file system and find out what was being used to create a new pole and made it easy on the 1 hand we don't have to worry about it but every time the garbage collector would run the file system would get incredibly slowly all these papers written on how to make the garbage collection less obnoxious etc etc etc. but it
was the thing that really kept that from being usable in a production environment so the next approach that got taken was with network Appliance and their approach to it was in that space map instead of just having 1 bit per block and they have a 256 bit set up but for each block in the file system so that for every block they've gotten an array of 256 bits the 1st bit and is the active file system and then you have 1 bit for each snapshot of that your tracking and so the snapshot of claims of block and that that dataset and only when the entire set of all the bits is 1 2 0 so is it is the block actually free well 1st of all this means that when you go to create a snapshot you gotta make a passive your map to mark all things that are being used and secondly you're limited in number snapshot you can buy our white you make right so that
was certainly an improvement over what work did but it's still a snapshot cost were proportional to the sort big things work which is not what you really want so 1 of the big innovations CFS made was to go to the scheme that I'm about to describe which essentially you go you don't have to do is to keep track of you in a bit array which blocks are being used we sort of allocated into a particular file system and then we have always snapshots they're all linked together from youngest all this and when the file system no longer cares about it just passes it down to the 1st snapshot and says you care this snapshot cares and it says yes i character for hold onto the token and when it doesn't care you know we get removed so doesn't care about it it passes it down to the next snapshot is what gets passed down the chain and when it gets to the oldest 1 in the oldest 1 doesn't care about it for a falls off the end of the wagon and we say OK that block is now free OK now that's that's logically what's happening and you'll see the implementation is slightly different than that but to a 1st order approximation that's what's going on OK so as we say here the blocks are getting track data using space maps and then we have birth times as a part of the point of the bird time is we don't actually have to let it run all the way down the list as soon as it gets to the point where all the snapshots that remain I came into existence before the birth time it is blocked they clearly can't care about it so that point we're done with OK so we had we do have this thing called that lessen the this is the list of blocks that we're sort of tracking that we're in we're trying to get rid of but you're trying to free but we haven't been able to do so yeah OK so as I say 1 a 1 a block gets allocated get over time which is equal to the transaction number so that's what shows were came into existence
and our over time of snapshots are gonna get taken and they're going no if it that block is allocated in the main file system in every snapshot that gets created since the birth times gonna references and at some point the file system deletes the file that references block and now we should have a set of snapshots that still care about which is starting from the birth time up to the you know whatever snapshot was just below the the file system and in essence now what's going to happen is when all the snapshots there in that range of blocks going be 3 OK now costs they the the file the block may have been claimed to well when it was 1st was born and it's you know it may be in several snapshots but then that file itself but may you had some modifications so at that point now that the file system doesn't care about anymore so again we can have like at
a range of snapshots basically it's still care about the block and so that's the range that we're going to be track OK so what we need to do is monobloc it's free the trick is to figure out you were going to create 1 of these little cookies it keeps track of the block and it's going to be on a dead list and established as a safe is is going to work its way down so this next slide here shows you
the magic that is used to calculate whether or not a particular block is ready to be free so I'm gonna sort of walk you through this slide and you're going to be scratching your head at the end of it and I recommend that you go read the book because actually in great detail but thanks to Matt did a blog post on it and actually explained it then I turned that into English and put it in the text book up so the issue is here but we we have this set of snapshots there's previous snapshot this snapshot next snapshot and next Nafta could actually be the polite file system of many rate what we're going to do is we are deleting this snap and now the question is what gets to be free so we got 4 blocks in our picture here we've got blockade got allocated back foreign ago in history and it is known as of the you know this snap that's the last place a together so nothing going forward from there are cares about and in fact there is hanging off of this map is this would be the deadliest saying this this block is dead as far as I'm concerned going forward and now it's going to happen is that the case of block a well this map doesn't care about it but still previous Knapp and other things still do care about it so we obviously can't free block on the other hand its lifetime the only like climate has is over this now
so block B is going to actually be finally able to be free because it's this this is the last thing that cares about it so what we have block C which is you know far in the future too far in the past and you know fact that we're going away great you know doesn't has no effect it's not on dead was that we're looking at you know and at some point in the snap will be there anymore so and as it starts working its way back you know it'll get to next now Knapman you know the jump over this nonexistent thing will deal with it would produce Knapp and so on and finally we have blocked do up and there is a new this block that have a lifetime but it ended before this now and so other than the fact that it's it happens to be hanging around on this now instead was a system and that's hanging around the prisoner afterward OK so we're going to iterate over the on next snap that Douglas which is going to have on it blocks a and B and a was born before pre-snap so it
just gets added to this snaps that list block B was born after previous snap so it actually gets free and then we're going to move you we we've taken that that that was up there we've moved it back to here but this is going to go away so it's going to be handed over to previous now so that it can it will deal with it when it goes away OK and so then we remove this map from a list of snapshots and it gets removed from the directory about that's tracking the snapshots of Bikini take away from all this is we never need to make a pass over the entire block allocation that the only thing we have to deal with is the the the blocks there on that Douglas now that can be big less of a lot of stuff has been deleted you know you do out of all the leaders of men 50 thousand files can you think of blocks on that that last day so don't get the impression that it's all we have few blocks and we're done no i'd actually it's kind of there there's
some very interesting algorithms that are in the past in order to make processing big long dead lists are more efficient because those lists can potentially be long but we are never at the point where we need to make a pass over the entire space maps and decides that Douglas is never going to be bigger than the amount of space is allocated in the file system itself so you know you may have a giant enormous pull but if you got a file system it's only 5 per cent of the size of the pool the most blocks you ever going to have to deal with this 5 per cent of the size of the pool and that's where you know he was in our minds our reference spot so that which isn't something you typically do intentionally OK but at as that the famous comment on the Unix code says you're not expected to understand this but this is really cool stuff and you know if you really wanted sorted drill down what I think is the most interesting of the algorithms in past on
go go study this a bit more because it really is that they aren't really sets the FS aside from everything that came before action to make that in a legal deposition but that's another story OK so in an effort to
try and finish this up in a reasonable amount of time I wanna just sort of summarize on z FS strengths and the VFS weakness of the strenghts 1st of all high write throughput when you have an overriding file system like your fast and you're doing right you run all over this direct little bit here and little bit there a little bit of over here and so on and if you're acts if you're writing to a bunch of files you spend most you time around on the just get into the place you wanna write would say about us with Paul this stuff together and just of slump in 1 place it were writing temporally so all the changes that have happened over the period of the checkpoint in theory can all just go in 1 big huge right now it doesn't actually happen that way but it you know it it tends to get rid nearby each other and so is correct right right right right right you may be right in terms of these little teeny weeny files but also want to right next to each other movable and so is getting at marionette write it down and were done so we can get an enormous right throughput even for workloads that would absolutely driving over files is not OK we get a very fast rate z reconstruction we have holes that I'm told are less than about 40 per cent utilization because of that we don't have to read all this we just read the 40 % that needs to be reconstructed on talk about the brain all we don't have our blocks move between file systems as needed you don't have to be clairvoyant and figure out you know what you users are going to do next month but you know you suddenly get some new project and the huge amount of space
well you just give it to out people know you sell it to them and all up and there's a whole new GFS is this is monolithic it's it's you know it covers a huge chunk of the kernel and but the you know I don't like that from a modularity point of view but it means that you can do things that you can't do when things are independent like grades because reads is integrated with the file system we don't have to have haptics eyestripes because there they work together with the other things like administrative staff keeping track of all your mount points it's like say grade I can have 2 thousand file systems you really wanna keep track of the etc. FS stand for that I don't really think so and so's will just deal with that for you and just knows how well the file systems are mounted within the pole and it's just like OK fire the bubble bobble but everything's there and you know it makes life a lot easier OK
so cost is the flip side of because we're writing temporally it means that any file like it slowly written like that sigh log file that gets you know a killed by written to every ourselves it's gonna be all over the data in U of S is going be in 1 place if you decide to grab the log file rate their residency of facet you'll hear a little bit a little over there so what if it doesn't happen to be in the cache is can take a long time to read that which is the flip side why does Ella that's what a review of us want such a huge aka huge cash it's because you in order to get good read performance is gonna be in memory so you got be other keep everything that you're actively working reading in memory because a lot of it is not going to be laid out optimally to go get it on the desk and if you run your wall more than about 40 % fall and again I don't take hold me too close to this number up somewhere in that range of you are going to do is go take longer reconstruct your reads a then it would take you to reconstruct the traditional right up the block cash has the bits in the kernels and respect and in the case of u fast it works well on 32 bit processes because it just maps in blocks it needs so that you know the kernel has like a little bit of his address spaces dedicated to looking at stuff and it just maps in blocks it needs another that would prevent the arc from doing that but it's not set up that way when CFS was written alike what we're just gonna run on 64 bit processors so we're just discovered them at all physical memory into the kernel and will be done with it Menachem have always extra overhead a map and stuff in and not so the blob size that is really was 64 bit processor runs the because it it really the previously project spend a huge amount of time trying to make it work well on the the 32 bit processors and to their credit whoever of you out there they figured out all was magic tunings it did pretty good job but there were still like well you know you do this and this and this in the machine locks up up and so that my my attitude is look just get a 64 bit processor and then you'll be happy but if it does not work it wants you to stay below a certain level of utilization I've been told that I'm being too pessimistic at 75 % but as you get too close to full it no longer is the has the big blocks that once and starts having to change stuff together again blocks and other things that I had that Brendan Greg came and gave the last lecture for my class about performance and that he had some interesting things to say that the about he said there is about it when you're analyzing it there's sort of 2 completely different parts of the CFS brain on that show up in the D. trace there's the unhappy and have enough space and I'm sad I don't and then use as you can just look and see where d trace shows you spend all your time you know whether you're in the happiest said zone of and that you you wanna stay out of the sand and because of those tend to slow down up on the other hand again you got a giant system disks are not that expensive just go deep enough disk so you don't you don't stress out with like 90 % 1 in 90 % for go use you effects OK but raising has a high overhead for small block sizes of 4 K blocks a a K blocks which the time get used on the walls because of the parity where you have 50 % parity overhead of 1 at this but the block size is the same as the parity blow up again the optimal thing there do is just you for your blocks on evil and finally up the block better cache and memory are not part of the unified memory cap so in the case of u up acids integrated with the VM system and so any copy of of data block for a file there is exactly 1 copy whether you and map it when you read and write it where the sun piling it or whatever the case is the aggressor doesn't is not part of that game and again if you want to the details of why that is you can go read it in the book but not the arc is it's a separate pool is back in the days where there was the buffer cache and there was the the ample and this means that if something is then mapped there's a lot of back to keep things can be coherent in other words you you wanted to read it's like 0 well this might not be up-to-date as to go check the the the and born of it's there Prop it over into your continued the data so you get some extra memory copies because of that but it's actually 1 of the the the last problem in the exercise set of chapter 10 and is come up with a scheme to unify the arc with the B. cash and is a double
start exercise which means it qualifies for PhD thesis if you can do it OK so that is what I have to say
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