F2FS File-System Shows Hope, Runs Against Btrfs & EXT4

Written by Michael Larabel in Software on 18 February 2013. Page 5 of 5. 17 Comments

The Flash-Friendly File-System wasn't the fastest of the bunch for Compile Bench but had faired right in the middle of the set of seven Linux file-systems benchmarked from the Linux 3.8 kernel.

For the PostMark mail server benchmark, the Flash-Friendly File-System was right in line with EXT4 and XFS for delivering the best performance.

When it comes to these initial F2FS file-system benchmark results, the performance overall is very nice for this new file-system. However, as shown by the Dbench result, the data might not always be writing to the disk right away compared to other Linux file-systems. The reliability of this brand new file-system also wasn't a focus of this Linux benchmarking but just the overall performance. Regardless, it will be interesting to see what ends up happening with this now-mainline Flash-Friendly File-System courtesy of Samsung and what their next steps are for this open-source project and if it ends up shipping in use by some of their products.

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