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Linux 2.6.37: Scalability Improvements Abound

Feb 04, 2011, 17:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeffrey B. Layton)

"This year's holiday kernel was 2.6.37, which was actually released on 4 January 2011 (perhaps it's a New Year's kernel) and is a good example of a kernel release during the holidays. At first glance, one would think that it was a quiet kernel with no flaming articles on the web or some seriously flawed benchmarks being posted, but you didn't see too much of that. However, there are some great things that happened in 2.6.37 around file systems and one really cool feature that I'll talk about at the end of the article.

"Improvements for ext4

"Ext4 is the proverbial little engine that could. The file system has proven to have remarkably great performance and it solves many (most) of the issues with ext3. However, it is still really limited to 16 TB because the user space tools have not been updated yet (good project if anyone is interested). In 2.6.37, several really cool features were added to ext4, primarily around scalability."

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