The Many Exciting Features To The Linux 4.8 Kernel
Written by Michael Larabel in Software on 7 August 2016. Page 2 of 2. 8 Comments

File-Systems / Storage:

- The Btrfs ENOSPC rework is perhaps the most important file-system change this cycle. This rework in the Btrfs file-system should yield better throughput and lower latencies.

- Another big file-system change this cycle was XFS reverse-mapping support to lay the foundation of adding other new features to this FS like data deduplication, copy-on-write, online scrubbing, etc.

- Btrfs also had a second pull request of more clean-ups and bug fixes.

- Kernel-side caching for OrangeFS.

- Unified EXT4 encryption code.

- NVMe over Fabrics and other support work around NVM Express storage.

- Improved support for Shingled Magnetic Recording hard drives.

- The usual changes taking place for XFS and F2FS.

- Improved performance for the NFS client.


- Hardened usercopy protection for safeguarding objects being copied to/from user-space.

- ASLR for kernel memory sections, a.k.a. CONFIG_RANDOMIZE_MEMORY.

- Many /dev/random improvements including using a ChaCha20-based CRNG for /dev/urandom for greater performance/efficiency/scalability, improved entropy collection for Azure VMs, and more.

- Intel MPX enhancements and other memory management work in the road towards virtually mapped kernel stacks.


- Express Data Path support in the networking code.

- Various other changes.

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