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[Qemu-devel] Re: [ANNOUNCE] Sheepdog: Distributed Storage System for KVM

From: Avi Kivity
Subject: [Qemu-devel] Re: [ANNOUNCE] Sheepdog: Distributed Storage System for KVM
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 17:30:07 +0200
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On 10/21/2009 07:13 AM, MORITA Kazutaka wrote:
Hi everyone,

Sheepdog is a distributed storage system for KVM/QEMU. It provides
highly available block level storage volumes to VMs like Amazon EBS.
Sheepdog supports advanced volume management features such as snapshot,
cloning, and thin provisioning. Sheepdog runs on several tens or hundreds
of nodes, and the architecture is fully symmetric; there is no central
node such as a meta-data server.

Very interesting! From a very brief look at the code, it looks like the sheepdog block format driver is a network client that is able to access highly available images, yes?

If so, is it reasonable to compare this to a cluster file system setup (like GFS) with images as files on this filesystem? The difference would be that clustering is implemented in userspace in sheepdog, but in the kernel for a clustering filesystem.

How is load balancing implemented? Can you move an image transparently while a guest is running? Will an image be moved closer to its guest? Can you stripe an image across nodes?

Do you support multiple guests accessing the same image?

What about fault tolerance - storing an image redundantly on multiple nodes?

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