[Lustre-devel] Global generic database

Peter J Braam Peter.Braam at Sun.COM
Thu Feb 14 06:57:16 PST 2008

Hmm ... here are my thoughts.

1. The word scalable is missing below.

2. Any database that relates to file system policies and file system 
objects (HSM?) should be a separate mechanism coupled to the file 
system, so that you can pick up the server disks and the policies.

3. I think all updates to the database should be made on the server, and 
the use cases should be restricted (e.g. this is for relatively small 

4. Imho pools belong in the configuration log. 

5. Fileset attributes belong with the file system (see 2) - either these 
are implemented as special directory files and/or EA's (does the design 
specify the purpose and items that need to be stored in databases?).

Hmm, so can we revisit why we need a new database mechanism?

- Peter -

Nathaniel Rutman wrote:
> The design of various new features in Lustre call for global (filesystem 
> wide) databases, accessible from
> clients or other servers:
> A. pools - pool descriptions (pool #1 = OSTs 1-10,30-60), pool policies 
> (all .jpg files to pool #1)
> B. filesets - fileset policies (log creates on fileset #1 to feed "foo")
> C. HSM - (aureleien - what was the use case here?)
> We've already implemented at least 2 of these:
> D. Fid Location Database - (is this done?)
> E. configuration parameters - stored in MGS llogs
> Rather than continue 1-off implementations, I think it's time we came up 
> with a consistent,
> global, generic database mechanism for A-C as well as other future uses.
> Needs to be:
> 1. Fast. We need to cache database entries locally, which also means 
> having them under locks.
>     a. local caching
>     b. locks
> 2. Generic.  Store any kind of data, not limited to 8k page boundaries, etc.
> 3. Transactional.  Power loss doesn't lead to inconsistent state.
> 4. Recoverable. Client changes are replayed if need be.
> 5. Remotely accessible, from a client or other servers.
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