Btrfs & Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
What does the Linux Btrfs file-system and Valve's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive game have in common?
Both topics -- Btrfs and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive -- were the subjects of some of the emails into the Phoronix news box this week that weren't yet covered in other articles -- it was a busy week with the open-source NVIDIA Kepler announcements, Intel Haswell open-source code, breaking the news about Intel Valleyview Atom SoCs with Ivy Bridge graphics, Gallium3D OpenCL/Compute coming together, etc.
As far as Btrfs goes, there isn't any major Btrfs file-system announcement at the moment (though it looks like Oracle will be making some Linux-related announcements next week). The Btrfs email carried a subject of: Btrfs is already outdated with B-Tree, now we have "Fractal Tree." Below is the email from "markg85", the frequent Phoronix news contributor and forum member, who wrote in about a new fractal-tree concept that may eventually make Btrfs' B-Tree design seem obsolete.
I was searching for some information of the various different types of *-tree (b-tree, red-black-tree .... there really are a million of those trees) Then i stumbled upon "Fractal Tree" from some oddly named "database" called "TokuDB". Yeah, a bunch of weird names indeed.TokuDB itself is a MySQL storage engine designed for high performance on write-intensive workloads, which uses fractal tree indexing. Those wishing to learn more about this topic can see How TokuDB Fractal Tree Databases Work Presentation (PDF presentation from O'Reilly 2010 MySQL Conference & Expo).
The other topic, which resulted in several emails from various individuals into the Phoronix news box, was about Valve's forthcoming Source-based Counter-Strike: Global Offensive game. Basically, there's reports of new Linux references within the latest beta of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. For example:
Phoronix:On the topic of Counter-Strike / Source Engine games on Linux, I don't have anything new to say at the moment besides that I continue to stand by my earlier statements. For those that haven't seen the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive trailer, it's embedded below.
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