F2FS File-System Merged Into Linux 3.8 Kernel
Samsung initially published the F2FS, Flash-Friendly File-System, code in early October as a new Linux file-system designed specifically for NAND flash memory-based storage devices. Initial benchmarks of the Flash-Friendly File-System were very impressive and the code was brought into an acceptable state for merging into Linux 3.8.
F2FS is based on Log-structured File System (LFS), which supports versatile "flash-friendly" features. The design has been focused on addressing the fundamental issues in LFS, which are snowball effect of wandering tree and high cleaning overhead.The merge happened with this Git activity.
Since flash-based storages show different characteristics according to the internal geometry or flash memory management schemes aka FTL, F2FS and tools support various parameters not only for configuring on-disk layout, but also for selecting allocation and cleaning algorithms.
Benchmarks of the Linux F2FS file-system compared to other file-systems are forthcoming.