Optimizing Every Operation in a Write-optimized File System

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Monday, September 19, 2016
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BetrFS is a new file system that outperforms conventional file systems by orders of magnitude on several fundamental operations, such as random writes, recursive directory traversals, and metadata updates, while matching them on other operations, such as sequential I/O, file and directory renames, and deletions. BetrFS overcomes the classic trade-off between random-write performance and sequential-scan performance by using new "write-optimized" data structures. This talk explains how BetrFS's design overcomes multiple file-system design trade-offs and how it exploits the performance strengths of write-optimized data structures.