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Re: [linux-lvm] Distributed LVM/filesystem/storage



On Sat, May 31, 2008 at 08:42:09PM -0400, Stuart D. Gathman wrote:

Any possible scheme combining disks over the network is going to
send the data over the network twice.  The solution is simple -
put the low level disk traffic on its own network.  Consider it
a long distance SCSI bus.  If you think about it, normal NFS disk traffic
goes over a "network" twice also.  Once over the ethernet, and again
over the IDE/SCSI/SATA "network".

It seems that in a proper cluster filesystem and a proper cluster volume
manager, each node would hold the volume meta data and only need to access
the drives containing the data it needs.  The data shouldn't have to move
over the network twice, only directly between the node holding the disk and
the node using the data.  That's actually kind of the whole point of a
cluster filesystem.

The hard part is the locking so that these nodes can all update the
filesystem without hopelessly scrambling it.

  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shared_disk_file_system>

David


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