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Add local caching support for CIFS (network file system)

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Hackweek V


Linux kernel 2.6.30 added support for FS-Cache which is a cache layer for networking filesystems. With FS-Cache and other caching backends (CacheFiles, Cache-FS) infrastructure in place, data from the networked filesystems can be cached on the disk, thereby speeding up operations. This is very useful in case of slow networks.

Some of the network filesystems like AFS and NFS already supports FSCache. This feature is created to add support for CIFS (Common Internet File System).


  1. Render farms in Entertainment industry - used to distribute textures to individual rendering units.
  2. Read only multimedia workloads.
  3. Accelerate distributed web-servers - web server cluster nodes serve content from the cache.
  4. Caching proxy Server with SSDs reexporting netfs data to speed up network file access.
  5. and also here a persistent cache remains across reboots is useful.


icons/user_comment.png S. J. wrote: (8 years ago)
icons/user_comment.png S. J. wrote: (7 years ago)

This feature got merged upstream and will be available from 2.6.36-rc1 kernel.

Last change: 7 years ago
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