[Gluster-users] Network Block device (NBD) on top of glusterfs

Xiubo Li xiubli at redhat.com
Thu Mar 21 03:29:30 UTC 2019


I am one of the contributor forgluster-block 
<https://github.com/gluster/gluster-block>[1] project, and also I 
contribute to linux kernel andopen-iscsi <https://github.com/open-iscsi> 

NBD was around for some time, but in recent time, linux kernel’s Network 
Block Device (NBD) is enhanced and made to work with more devices and 
also the option to integrate with netlink is added. So, I tried to 
provide a glusterfs client based NBD driver recently. Please refergithub 
issue #633 <https://github.com/gluster/glusterfs/issues/633>[3], and 
good news is I have a working code, with most basic things @nbd-runner 
project <https://github.com/gluster/nbd-runner>[4].

While this email is about announcing the project, and asking for more 
collaboration, I would also like to discuss more about the placement of 
the project itself. Currently nbd-runner project is expected to be 
shared by our friends at Ceph project too, to provide NBD driver for 
Ceph. I have personally worked with some of them closely while 
contributing to open-iSCSI project, and we would like to take this 
project to great success.

Now few questions:

 1. Can I continue to usehttp://github.com/gluster/nbd-runneras home for
    this project, even if its shared by other filesystem projects?

  * I personally am fine with this.

 2. Should there be a separate organization for this repo?

  * While it may make sense in future, for now, I am not planning to
    start any new thing?

It would be great if we have some consensus on this soon as nbd-runner 
is a new repository. If there are no concerns, I will continue to 
contribute to the existing repository.

Xiubo Li (@lxbsz)

[1] -https://github.com/gluster/gluster-block
[2] -https://github.com/open-iscsi
[3] -https://github.com/gluster/glusterfs/issues/633
[4] -https://github.com/gluster/nbd-runner

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