[sheepdog] [PATCH 1/2] dog: add a new option for reducing identical snapshots
mitake.hitoshi at lab.ntt.co.jp
Thu Feb 12 08:40:56 CET 2015
At Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:31:15 +0800,
Liu Yuan wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 03:59:51PM +0900, Hitoshi Mitake wrote:
> > At Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:38:37 +0800,
> > Liu Yuan wrote:
> > >
> > > On Mon, Feb 09, 2015 at 05:25:48PM +0900, Hitoshi Mitake wrote:
> > > > Current "dog vdi snapshot" command creates a new snapshot
> > > > unconditionally, even if a working VDI doesn't have its own
> > > > objects. In such a case, the created snapshot is redundant because
> > > > same VDI is already existing.
> > >
> > > What kind of use case will create two identical snapshots? This logic is simple
> > > and code is clean, but I doubt if there is real users of this option.
> > Generally speaking, taking snapshot periodically is an ordinal usecase
> > of enterprise SAN. Of course sheepdog can support this use case. In a
> > case of sheepdog, making cron job (e.g. daily) which invokes "dog vdi
> > snapshot" simply enables it.
> > But if a VDI doesn't have COWed objects, the snapshot will be
> > redundant. So I want to add this option.
> Okay, your patch makes sense for periodic snapshot. But if dog have found
> identical snapshots, it won't create a new one and return success to the caller.
> I assume the caller is some middleware, if there is no new vdi returned, will
> this cause trouble for it? This means it will need to call 'vdi list' to check
> if new vdi created or not?
So I'm adding this feature with the new option. Existing semantics
isn't affected. And if checking process (has_own_objects()) faces
error, it is reported correctly to middleware.
> I'm not agasint this patch, but I have some questions. For identical snapshots,
> the overhead is just an inode object created, no? Looks to me the overhead is
> quite small and no need a special option to remove it.
Taking snapshots of thousands of VDIs will consume thousands of VID,
and create thousands * replication factor of inodes. I'm not sure the
consumption of VID will become serious problem, but inodes will make
replication time longer (e.g. 16:4 ec requires 20 inodes).
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