Requirements for pNFS Layout Types
draft-ietf-nfsv4-layout-types-08

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NFSv4                                                          T. Haynes
Internet-Draft                                              Primary Data
Updates: 5661 (if approved)                              August 31, 2017
Intended status: Standards Track
Expires: March 4, 2018

                   Requirements for pNFS Layout Types
                  draft-ietf-nfsv4-layout-types-08.txt

Abstract

   This document defines the requirements which individual pNFS layout
   types need to meet in order to work within the parallel NFS (pNFS)
   framework as defined in RFC5661.  In so doing, it aims to clearly
   distinguish between requirements for pNFS as a whole and those
   specifically directed to the pNFS File Layout.  The lack of a clear
   separation between the two set of requirements has been troublesome
   for those specifying and evaluating new Layout Types.  In this
   regard, this document effectively updates RFC5661.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.1.  Use of the Terms "Data Server" and "Storage Device" . . .   5
     2.2.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   3.  The Control Protocol  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     3.1.  Control Protocol Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     3.2.  Previously Undocumented Protocol Requirements . . . . . .   9
     3.3.  Editorial Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   4.  Specifications of Original Layout Types . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     4.1.  File Layout Type  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     4.2.  Block Layout Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     4.3.  Object Layout Type  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   5.  Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   7.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   8.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     8.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     8.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   Appendix A.  Acknowledgments  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   Appendix B.  RFC Editor Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16

1.  Introduction

   The concept of layout type has a central role in the definition and
   implementation of Parallel Network File System (pNFS).  Clients and
   servers implementing different layout types behave differently in
   many ways while conforming to the overall pNFS framework defined in
   [RFC5661] and this document.  Layout types may differ as to:

   o  The method used to do I/O operations directed to data storage
      devices.

   o  The requirements for communication between the metadata server
      (MDS) and the storage devices.

   o  The means used to ensure that I/O requests are only processed when
      the client holds an appropriate layout.

   o  The format and interpretation of nominally opaque data fields in
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