2012-01-09 19:14, Bob Friesenhahn wrote:
In summary, with zfs's default 128K block size, data fragmentation is not a significant issue, If the zfs filesystem block size is reduced to a much smaller value (e.g. 8K) then it can become a significant issue. As Richard Elling points out, a database layered on top of zfs may already be fragmented by design.
I THINK there is some fallacy in your discussion: I've seen 128K referred to as the maximum filesystem block size, i.e. for large "streaming" writes. For smaller writes ZFS adapts with smaller blocks. I am not sure how it would rewrite a few bytes inside a larger block - split it into many smaller ones or COW all 128K. Intermixing variable-sized indivisible blocks can in turn lead to more fragmentation than would otherwise be expected/possible ;) Fixed block sizes are used (only?) for volume datasets. > If the metadata is not conveniently close to the data, then it may > result in a big ugly disk seek (same impact as data fragmentation) > to read it. Also I'm not sure about ths argument. If VDEV prefetch does not slurp in data blocks, then by the time metadata is discovered in read-from-disk blocks and data block locations are determined, the disk may have rotated away from the head, so at least one rotational delay is incurred even if metadata is immediately followed by its referred data... no? //Jim _______________________________________________ zfs-discuss mailing list email@example.com http://mail.opensolaris.org/mailman/listinfo/zfs-discuss