On Fri, 2007-06-22 at 16:58 -0700, Michael Nishimoto wrote:
> > > Also, should we consider a file with 1MB extents as
> > > fragmented? A 100GB file with 1MB extents has 100k extents.
> > Yes, that's fragmented - it has 4 orders of magnitude more extents
> > than optimal - and the extents are too small to allow reads or
> > writes to acheive full bandwidth on high end raid configs....
> Fair enough, so multiply those numbers by 100 -- a 10TB file ...
This seems a flawed way to look at this to me - in practice, almost
noone would have files that large. While filesystem sizes increase
and can be expected to continue to increase, I'd expect individual
file sizes do not tend to increase anywhere near as much - file sizes
tend to be an application property, and apps want to work for all
filesystems. So, people want to store _more_ files in their larger
filesystems, not _larger_ files, AFAICT.
So, IMO, this isn't a good place to invest effort - there are alot
of bigger bang-for-buck places that XFS could do with change to make
it generally much better. The biggest probably being the amount of
log traffic that XFS generates ... that really needs to be tackled.