[stgt] tgt backend driver for Ceph block devices (rbd)
dan.mick at inktank.com
Thu Jan 17 03:47:14 CET 2013
Hi, all. I recently hacked at bs_rdwr and made it work as a
proof-of-concept driver allowing tgt to be backed by the Ceph storage
cluster's RADOS block device (rbd). I thought I'd share the results
of my investigations, as it's useful even in its current form:
http://github.com/dmick/tgt, forked from http://github.com/fujita/tgt
branch bs_rbd (https://github.com/dmick/tgt/tree/bs_rbd)
This is a simple transliteration of bs_rdwr to use librbd/librados
calls instead of normal file I/O calls (so might be instructive to diff
bs_rbd.c against bs_rdwr.c to see what was involved). It currently uses
only the synchronous librbd interfaces, so each tgtd worker thread will
block for completion of each request. See the commit comment
for usage advice.
For those with less exposure to Ceph:
Ceph is a distributed storage system, and rbd provides a block-device
abstraction to that storage that can be used directly from the kernel or
from a userland library and things built on it. That is:
1) you can create rbd images in the cluster, and then expose them as
kernel block devices to machines that talk to the cluster
2) You can create rbd images in the cluster, and then expose them to
qemu-kvm virtual machines without kernel support (by using
librbd/librados to access the cluster).
bs_rbd adds another access path: exposing rbd images as iSCSI targets
with strictly-userland code.
I was quite impressed at how easy this was, and how well-organized the
stgt source is. Kudos to the developers and maintainers!
 http://ceph.com, http://ceph.com/docs
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