A Simple Guide to Linux File Systems

Val Henson, Linux developer, Intel

Track: Linux
Date: Wednesday, July 26
Time: 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Location: D137-138

Selecting the right Linux file system for your needs is a difficult and treacherous business. Every file system claims to be the best-performing and most robust -- how is a non-expert to cut through the hype? Next comes tuning your file system, requiring knowledge even more arcane.

In this talk, we will describe the strengths and weaknesses of various file systems, discuss which workloads work best with which file system, and learn some basic concepts of file system design which help to evaluate tradeoffs. We will cover ext2, ext3, reiserfs, XFS, NFS, and others. This talk is your one-stop shop for picking the right file system for your needs, and tuning it for maximum effect.