[Lustre-devel] some thoughts on COS

Peter Braam Peter.Braam at Sun.COM
Mon Jun 30 07:00:40 PDT 2008

Very interesting.  Could this new lock also be used to protect all data on
the file, meaning only the lock holding client can modify data (without
involving OST locks)? We have been looking for that also, and it smells


On 6/30/08 2:10 AM, "Alex Zhuravlev" <Alex.Zhuravlev at Sun.COM> wrote:

> Hi,
> all access to an object can be broken into 3 phases:
> 1) lock is acquired and used to modify data, no concurrent
>     access as data is inconsistent
> 2) data is consistent, but uncommitted; thus same client can
>     access data, others can not
> 3) all clients can access data
> it'd make sense to have same lock handle for (1) and (2) as it
> is stored in request and later used to release lock up on commit.
> (1) and (3) are clear - this is just lock acquired and lock released.
> what if we introduce new lock state (bit, whatever) compatible with
> one client (some tag in the lock) and incompatible with others?
> in order to keep same lock handle we convert lock (1) into lock (2).
> conversion isn't a new conception, we did it before.
> then, regular create would look like:
> 1) lockh = enqueue(PW, clientid); // clientid is stored in the lock
> 2) object creation; directory modification
> 3) ptlrpc_save_lock(req, lockh)
>       convert(lockh, PW, OWN)
> ...
> 4) commit
>       lock_decref(lockh, OWN)
> also, we'd have to register blocking AST in MDS in order to intercept
> collision when one client tries to access data modified by another one.
> from that handling we could initiate or schedule sync commit.
> this looks like a quite simple conception. but it's far from being
> optimal - what if one client does thousand creations, we'll end with
> thousand OWN locks, while to prevent alien access we need a single one.
> couple ideas can be used here:
> 1) cache locks on the MDS side as per Nikita's suggestion
> 2) drop all OWN locks from completion AST
> please comments, thoughts?
> thanks, Alex
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