[Gluster-devel] Booster documentation

Daniel van Ham Colchete daniel.colchete at gmail.com
Thu Nov 1 19:29:11 UTC 2007


maybe I'm asking a very stupid question, but... May I assume that the
booster shared library will proxy the read and write requests to the kernel
when it is not supposed to go to a glusterfs dir?

Like, for example, if I have
/dev/sda4 = /home
glusterfs1 = /mnt/gluster1 // One server-farm
glusterfs2 = /mnt/gluster2 // Another independent server-farm

open("/home/test1", O_RDWR) = 3;
open("/mnt/gluster1/test2", O_RDWR) = 4;
open("/mnt/gluster2/test3", O_RDWR) = 5;
write(3, "Daniel1"); // This goes to the kernel
write(4, "Daniel2"); // This goes directly to Gluster1
write(5, "Daniel3"); // This goes directly to Gluster2

Is it right? Will write(3, ...) go to the kernel, write(4, ...) to Gluster1
and write(5, ...) to Gluster2?

I'm sorry if it is too dumb (it really is)...

The example with two different glusterfs is useless for me, I'm just trying
to understand how it works. But, if this is true, I'll just add the the
booster library to my /etc/ld.so.preload before initiating any of the
services running on my servers.

And, great job! This was a very very good idea!

Best regards,
Daniel Colchete

On Nov 1, 2007 4:51 PM, Vikas Gorur <vikas at zresearch.com> wrote:

> On 01/11/2007, Harris Landgarten <harrisl at lhjonline.com> wrote:
> > BTW,
> >
> > Is there any doc on booster?
> Here is some info about booster:
> --------
> The booster translator gives applications a faster path to communicate
> read and write requests to GlusterFS. Normally, all requests to GlusterFS
> from
> applications go through FUSE. Using the booster translator in conjunction
> with
> the GlusterFS booster shared library, an application can bypass the FUSE
> path
> and send read/write requests directly to the GlusterFS client process.
> The booster mechanism consists of two parts: the booster translator,
> and the booster shared library. The booster translator is meant to be
> loaded on the client side, usually at the root of the translator tree.
> The booster shared library should be LD_PRELOAD'ed with the
> application.
> The booster translator when loaded opens a Unix domain socket and
> listens for read/write requests on it. The booster shared library
> intercepts read and write system calls and sends the requests to the
> GlusterFS process directly using the Unix domain socket, bypassing FUSE.
> This leads to superior performance.
> Once you've loaded the booster translator in your volume specification
> file, you
> can start your application as:
>  $ LD_PRELOAD=/usr/local/bin/glusterfs-booster.so your_app
> The booster translator accepts no options (yet).
> -------
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