Some exciting updates expected for Linux kernel 2.6.31

Posted by pkoutoupis on Aug 27, 2009 4:03 AM EDT; By Petros Koutoupis
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Recently I came across this article on discussing some of the new features and functionality that is to be expected in the 2.6.31 Linux kernel. As I am usually more interested in data storage technologies, it was the file system and other storage concepts that drew my attention. I will only cover a few of the listed topics. You can read a full list of these patches provided in the h-online link I posted above. Some updates include a large patch for the btrfs file system which have tuned the file system to achieve greater performance. It is also noted that in this release btrfs will be less memory hungry and the SSD mode has been improved. Early benchmarks comparing both standard and SSD modes have shown the early implementation of SSD mode to be less than ideal. I am interested to see this improvement, especially as Flash-based SSDs increase in usage and popularity.

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