An Introduction to the Implementation of ZFS (part 1 of 2)

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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 The content of this talk was developed by scouring through blog posts, tracking down unpublished papers, hours of reading through the quarter-million lines of code that implement ZFS, and endless email with the ZFS developers themselves.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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got put it in the last slide because by this time at
least my brain is kind of full and having a sort of hardcore technical talk you know just doesn't seem quite right in in this time slot but that's what you've got so enjoy I guess on this is not a talk about how you set up or use z fast there's tons and tons and tons of talks and blogs and everything else about that what I actually wanted to know was like how does it actually work like under the hood and that is a little daunting when you
1st moment dive into the call because there's about a quarter million lines of code in making up CFS fast and that even for me that that's kind of the wanting to try and dive into some luckily I had the x axis to Matt errands and all I had to do was taken out to lunch and then you would just draw out all the back of a napkin and I just wrote it up and it became chapter 10 of the book so itself in fact the slides are drawn straight out of that chapter so if you wanted a slight skip to the chase you can just go read chapter 10 you can really do it faster than standing here and listening to me around on her an about but at any rate so what I wanna do is to try and just sort of give
you an overview I don't really have time I believe it or not to do all of the fs and so I'm just going to try and hit some of the highlights on many of you work on the BSD conference circuit so you've probably heard this at 1 of the earlier conferences that I gave it at all but even for you I've mixed it up I threw out some of the slides that were there before 1 and it's a new ones this time so that you can play the game of gas water new slide tinkered presentation right come on 1 that I have in the alright so let's
start with an overview of the CFS is in the class of file systems that we call the the the non overriding file system for copy-on-write filesystem if you prefer the idea is once a block gets written on the desk we never over it again if if the contents of that thing needs to change and we are going to make a new copy of it so in the traditional view of style overriding file system if you change the mode of a file we read the i node in we change the the blue mode bits in there and then we write it back on top of the same place on the desk whereas in z fast we bring it and we make the change and now it's going to be written into a new block and eventually when we take a checkpoint that will become part of that the state of the file system and so there's the old copy of the i node and there's a new copy the node and absent any snapshots then that old copy of it can simply be freed up the block the disparity and type there's a snapshot that still references the course then we can't freed up because the snapshot is still using it so a lot of them the real trick in S and L's CFS is keeping track of when it's time to free blocks and I'll talk about that toward the end of this talk another aspect of CFS and non overrating file systems in general are still is the fact that the file system is always consistent it with your classes this period of time where you know some stuff but not that and other stuff hasn't that we stage things so that we can always recover the file system but you still needed know run after supplier whatever it is to get it back to a completely consistent state whereas with the non style of file system changes happen in memory and then at some point we decided take a checkpoint we write all the new stuff out somewhere and then the very last step is we update the over block sort of the super block of the whole of the fast pool and it's just that right that where we finally right at the very root of the tree that then takes us from the previous to the new position but that new position is consistent so that either we we haven't written it yet in which case we have the old consistent well has the more we have written it and we now have the new consistent but now obviously things can happen in between there and so you'll see we have to carry along along to make sure that we can update that consistent snapshot with the things that have changed since the last checkpoint OK but the state always moves along atomically at each time we take a check so we never have to worry about God forbid running something like a ck over the file system because it just always use consistent and of course then you say 0 yeah but a disk filters that something is obviously has to be other levels of redundancy like reading other things on to make sure that we can recover that state OK snapshots of which a read only or clones which are read write are very cheap and plentiful on there is effectively no limit to the base must you run out of disk space rather minor details like that but also unlike an overriding File System is really easy to do it you just take a checkpoint and then you just wanna save a copy if you will of that member block effectively were you know lower in the tree but i and you just you know that's that's your snapshot and since nothing is ever being overwritten as long as you don't free any blocks is just going to be there and so the cost of taking a snapshot isn't much more than you make sort of making note of the fact that you have a snapshot and then taking checkpoint and bone you have by comparison with an overriding file system like you up fast because were overriding things every time we go to write something up IRI changing something that's part of a snapshot we need to make a copy of a model of block and so the more snapshots you have the more that checking that has to happen every time you write a block now this little tricks that we have so we don't really have to check it all that much in caches and things but nevertheless it's it's painful and its work on the more snapshot you have this slower goes and for for that reason we administratively limit you to 20 snapshots because when you get 120 snapshots the overhead becomes too painful and we did snapshots in your best because we sort of knew down for doing back from the to carry and you know we need them for sort of some sort of system administrative stuff but they they were all they've always been out of a sore spot and so once the oppressed came along in society great they just snapshot really well if that's what you really your environment you should be running of you know people say well now that we have is just going to completely replace your process and the answer is no probably not z past works really well on specially on giant are pools of data where you have a 64 bit processor and lots of memory loss of processing power you're not really going to see it on Monday much when your people but you know that that's you is a small embedded sort of system you probably 1 of the much lighter weight but by a system of your process for fewer features than process if you need that feature set is the best thing you should be running the effects on the use of a small embedded system probably you about process what what I write about other things that CFS has to help give it better reliability is the meta data redundancy and data checksums also so in the case of your class if 1 of your indirect blocks gets trashed and you're not running with greater something so you could reconstruct it then you just lose that part of that file that would be a fast you have of course rate in the background typically help you but all of the metadata is duplicated every I know this duplicated every indirect block is duplicated every anything that's metadata having to do with file system has 2 copies a minimum of 2 copies and if you're compose particularly paranoid or you can say well I actually want redundancy of the data itself in total make 2 copies of all your data blocks and for good measure 3 copies of all your metadata in an instance of art and when when I talk about the the block corners you'll see how that actually ends up being implemented on the other thing is that you have checks on on all your data blocks and those checksums are not stored in the data block itself and this actually help is it gives you better protection than if the checksum stored actually with the data block itself and the place where this really helps is where you get what I'll call that the stray right all you you probably know and under backplanes when you really get sent out across to some
I O device of there's a parity bit on the data lines so that if a data line bounces then the parity bit will protect you feel like you know that you know the data came the badly so they can get set up for a long time and in stone busses still there is no parity on the address line so if a bit flips in the address lines who know what you know have you know the the sender thinks it's Senator among place the receiver says OK that's where they want and manages goes to some random block on the desk so not only did you did not get written where you do want you overwrite some else president 1 over right and so if the check some were stored in the data block itself and then when you read that what back and check the check and you think it might be OK but by having the check some not in the data block now you read back presumably from a place you thought you wrote it and you do the check and it doesn't match were you read in the block that was accidently overwritten but then the checksum tells you it's not right and so it that's a very key benefit not that many people sort of this on because historically the checks on were being stored in many file systems in the in the data blocks themselves so that that's another key step to keep track alright so what you can have selected data compression are selective the duplication of the duplication in particular because you gotta keep track of central area of table of the the fingerprints of all the blocks if you're trying to duplicate that kind in the debate in memory it doesn't fit in memory it starts to get really slow checking for duplicate blocks and as a consequence of the offense does not require that you do it all or nothing solid the duplicate everything were not that nothing you can be selective about where the deduplication happen and so you just duplicate file systems that have been in images or something where there's a lot of blocks to duplicate
because you got 18 copies of the Windows image and almost every block you know it is a duplicate of 1 of the other images are similarly with compression but you may have some things where it's data that's not accessed a lot so you you would rather just have it be compressed and there's other things where it's stuff that you're using all the time and so you don't have the cost of decompressing all the time so you can you get that to selectively decide whether or not that's going to be done and which algorithm you use and so on 1 of the sort of other things which we really differentiates of passed from the traditional view of past is this notion that you have a pool of storage and so there's just this big blocks of pool blocks and then they can be doled out file systems as necessary so in your best you gotta say file system has this many blocks and this 1 has this so the number of blocks and if you guessed wrong and this 1 starts to run out you can't say well actually don't borrow some blocks from that 1 over there like not not not work that way so that you can sort of grow only if you happen to be conveniently left some space or something like that but generally speaking once you pick the size that's what you're stuck now cost the problem there is you know you're in this so that you be happy pull until some but some clown decides to use up all the space and now every file system runs out of space all the same time so in fact there is the ability to 1st of all put a limit and say right that file system is allowed to have more than a certain this amount aspects of and and then it's outer space even still space left in the pool or conversely you can reserve space and save this file system is you know it's got our log files on it's kind important and so we're going to guarantee that it's going to get at least this amount aspects and so our you again the pool will ensure that enough space is saved set aside so that you always build that amount space into that particular file system on we also in CFS you sort of think differently about file system it's in your fastenal file systems like 0 well gee you know do I want Voran users into separate file systems or should they be together and always kind stuff is emphasis in creating a file system is about as complex as creating a snapshot sort in another file system shorts even just give like every user's home directory can be a file system if you want and I you know that's just it's not a problem in special orders don't upset us and so that you can you can have hundreds of file systems on within a pool and then of course that allows people to take snapshots of the granular file system so everybody's home directory is a is a file system and everybody can take a snapshot of the of directors OK but there is a brain on and in in the parlance of z opacities raid z where z is what you think of as being
kind of variables so the idea is in most grades systems you have a fixed number of blocks the fixed number here a fixed block size so if you've got 5 disks then you typically have like 1 block of each disk and that makes up the rate block and if you write less than the full-size block then you have to read in the parity and recomputed right back out again so the idea of raising here is that the z oppressors keeping track of the size of blocks so just the size of a block on the reads is just whatever size it needs to be so if you're writing out a block that needs 1 of 3 chunks of disks and that the size of that particular 1 is 3 and then you need 1 of size 8 so just 8 and so on and again I I have a slide shows how this works are then with razor you then get to decide you want single double or triple parity which is to say can you have 1 2 or 3 disks fail before you can
recover part 1 the other big issues would raise is that you get silent error so you have you know from huge pools and some sectors go bad but you haven't read them so you don't know that they've gone bad and then when you go to reconstruct suddenly can reconstruct because these bad sectors you didn't know about also 1 of the other things that that of us has is this notion of scrubbing and that's where it goes through and just make sure that all the blocks that are in use or actually readable and so that you know you can find out what it before you need not to recover just that in fact of there's a problem OK on our current life In the end we will be interested in that region and that's the way it might be that we want to get out of giving a talk at the because of this program right and the variance of everybody has the


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