NFSv4 Working Group                                          S. Faibish
Internet-Draft                                                   P. Tao
Intended status: draft                                  EMC Corporation
Expires: May 5, 2014                                   November 5, 2013

                Parallel NFS (pNFS) Lustre Layout Operations

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   Parallel NFS (pNFS) extends Network File System version 4.1(NFSv4.1)
   to allow clients to directly access file data on the storage used by
   the NFSv4.1 server. This ability to bypass the server for data
   access can increase both performance and parallelism, but requires
   additional client functionality for data access, some of which is
   dependent on the class of storage used, a.k.a. the Layout Type. The
   main pNFS operations and data types in NFSv4 Minor version 1 specify
   a layout-type-independent layer; layout-type-specific information is
   conveyed using opaque data structures whose internal structure is
   further defined by the particular layout type specification. This
   document specifies the NFSv4.1 Lustre pNFS Layout Type as a
   companion to the main NFSv4 Minor version 1 specification.

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction...................................................3
      1.1. pNFS Lustre Layout Protocol...............................3
      1.2. General Definitions.......................................5
      1.3. Lustre Protocol Description...............................6
   2. Conventions Used in this Document..............................7
   3. XDR Description of the Lustre-Based Layout Protocol............7
      3.1. Code Components Licensing Notice..........................7
   4. Basic Data Type Definitions....................................9
      4.1. pnfs_los_object_cred4.....................................9
      4.2. Data Stripping Algorithms................................11
   5. Object Storage Server Addressing and Discovery................11
      5.1. pnfs_los_targetid_type4..................................11
      5.2. pnfs_los_deviceaddr4.....................................12
         5.2.1. OSS Target Identifier...............................12
         5.2.2. Device Network Address..............................12
   6. Lustre-Based Layout...........................................12
      6.1. pnfs_lov_mds_md..........................................13
      6.2. pnfs_los_layout4.........................................15
      6.3. Data Mapping Schemes.....................................16
         6.3.1. Simple Striping.....................................16
      6.4. RAID Algorithms..........................................18
         6.4.1. PNFS_OST_RAID_0.....................................18
         6.4.2. PNFS_OST_RAID_1.....................................18

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   7. Lustre-Based Creation Layout Hint.............................18
      7.1. pnfs_los_layouthint4.....................................19
   8. IANA Considerations...........................................20
   9. References....................................................20
      9.1. Normative References.....................................20
   Authors' Addresses...............................................22

1. Introduction

1.1. pNFS Lustre Layout Protocol

     Figure 1 shows the overall architecture of a Parallel NFS (pNFS)
     Protocol ([8]) system:

          |+-----------+                                 +-----------+
          ||+-----------+                                |           |
          |||           |       NFSv4.1 + pNFS           |           |
          +||  Clients  |<------------------------------>|    MDS    |
           +|           |                                |           |
            +-----------+                                |           |
                 |||                                     +-----------+
                 |||                                           |
                 |||                                           |
                 ||| Storage        +-----------+              |
                 ||| Protocol       |+-----------+             |
                 ||+----------------||+-----------+  Control   |
                 |+-----------------|||           |  Protocol  |
                 +------------------+||  Storage  |------------+
                                     +|  Devices  |

                           Figure 1 pNFS Architecture

   In this document, "storage device" is used as a general term for a
   data server and/or storage server for all pNFS layouts.  The
   MetaData Server (MDS) is the NFSv4.1 server that provides pNFS
   layouts to clients and handles operations on file metadata (e.g.,
   names, attributes).

   In pNFS, the file server returns typed layout structures that
   describe where file data is located. There are different layouts for
   different storage systems and methods of arranging data on storage

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   devices. This document describes the layouts used with Lustre object
   storage servers (OSSs) that are accessed according to the Lustre
   storage protocol ([1]).

   The pNFS Lustre layout protocol uses Lustre file system protocols as
   data storage protocol. Implementation-wise, on both pNFS client and
   server, the pNFS Lustre layout can live as a shim layer on top of
   Lustre client and server, as shown in Figure 2.

     | +----------+                              +-----------+
     | | Generic  |       NFSv4.1 + pNFS         | Generic   |
     | | pNFS     |<---------------------------->| pNFS      |
     | | Client   |                              | Server    |
     | +----------+                              +-----------+
     | | pNFS     |                              | pNFS      |
     | | Lustre   |                              | Lustre    |
     | | Layout   |                              | Layout    |
     | | Client   |                              | Server    |
     | | Driver   |                              | Driver    |
     | +----------+                              +-----------+
     | | Lustre   |                              | Lustre    |
     + | Client   |                              | MDS       |
       +----------+                              +-----------+
           | |                                        | |
           | |                                        | |
           | |                                        | |
           | |                                        | |
           | |                                        | |
           | | Lustre     +-------------+   Lustre    | |
           | | Protocol   | +------------+  Protocol  | |
           | +------------| |            |------------+ |
           +--------------| | Lustre OSS |--------------+
                          + |            |

          Figure 2 pNFS Lustre client/server Architecture

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1.2. General Definitions

   The following definitions provide an appropriate context for the

   | Lustre module   | Description                                    |
   |            OST  | Object Storage Targets are SCSI LUNs which     |
   |                 | store file data objects                        |
   |                 |                                                |
   |            OSS  | An Object Storage Sever implements the Lustre  |
   |                 | data protocol and serves data                  |
   |                 |                                                |
   |            OSC  | An Object Storage Client [10] is a client of   |
   |                 | the Lustre object services                     |
   |                 |                                                |
   |            LOV  | LOV is the Lustre Object Volume [10]. It       |
   |                 | interprets stripe information and directs pages|
   |                 | to the correct OSCs.                           |
   |                 |                                                |
   |            MDT  | A Metadata Target is a SCSI LUN that stores    |
   |                 | file metadata                                  |
   |                 |                                                |
   |            MDS  | A Metadata Sever implements the Lustre         |
   |                 | metadata server control protocol               |
   |                 |                                                |
   |            MDC  | A Metadata Client of Lustre protocol services  |
   |                 |                                                |
   |           LDLM  | The Lustre Distributed Lock Manager (LDLM) [11]|
   |                 | provides a means to ensure that data is updated|
   |                 | in a consistent fashion across multiple nodes. |
   |                 |                                                |
   |         PTLRPC  | The Portal RPC subsystem [12] is a reliable    |
   |                 | messaging service layered on top of LNET. It   |
   |                 | caters for small messages and also for bulk    |
   |                 | data transfers.                                |
   |                 |                                                |
   |           LNET  | LNET is the Lustre Networking sub-system [13]. |
   |                 | It hides differences of underlying network     |
   |                 | types and provides common APIs to LNET users.  |

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   |                 |                                                |
   |            LND  | LND is the Lustre Network Driver layer [13]. It|
   |                 | implements the interface between the generic   |
   |                 | LNET layer and the drivers for the specific    |
   |                 | network types.                                 |

1.3. Lustre Protocol Description

   Lustre is an object-based file system. It is composed of three
   components: Metadata servers (MDSs), object storage servers (OSSs),
   and Lustre clients.

   Lustre uses block devices (SCSI LUNs) for file data storage (OST)
   and metadata storages (MDT) and each block device can be managed by
   only one Lustre server (OSS). The total data capacity of the Lustre
   filesystem is the sum of all individual OST capacities. Lustre
   clients access and concurrently use data through the standard POSIX
   I/O system calls.

   A Lustre MDS provides metadata services. One Lustre MDS manages one
   metadata target (MDT). Each MDT stores file metadata, such as file
   names, directory structures, and access permissions. An OSS exposes
   block devices and serves data. Each OSS manages one or more object
   storage targets (OSTs), and OSTs store file data "objects".

   The Lustre protocol specifies several operations on objects,
   and DELETE. However, using the Lustre layout the Lustre client only
   uses the OPEN, READ, WRITE and GET ATTRIBUTES commands. The other
   commands are only used by the Lustre server.

   A Lustre file object's layout information is defined in the extended
   attribute (EA) of the inode. Essentially, EA describes the mapping
   between file object identifier and its corresponding OSTs. This
   information is also known as striping. A Lustre-based layout for
   pNFS includes object identifiers, capabilities that allow pNFS
   clients to READ or WRITE those objects, and various parameters that
   control how file data is striped across OSTs.

   This document specifies the NFSv4.1 layout protocol and operations
   for Lustre filesystems ([1]).

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2.  Conventions Used in this Document

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC-2119 [6].

3. XDR Description of the Lustre-Based Layout Protocol

   This document contains the external data representation (XDR [2])
   description of the NFSv4.1 objects layout protocol. The XDR
   description is embedded in this document in a way that makes it
   simple for the reader to extract into a ready-to-compile form. The
   reader can feed this document into the following shell script to
   produce the machine readable XDR description of the NFSv4.1 Lustre
   layout protocol:

    grep '^ *///' $* | sed 's?^ */// ??' | sed 's?^ *///$??'

   That is, if the above script is stored in a file called
   "", and this document is in a file called "spec.txt", then
   the reader can do:

    sh < spec.txt > pnfs_lustre_prot.x

   The effect of the script is to remove leading white space from each
   line, plus a sentinel sequence of "///".

   The embedded XDR file header follows. Subsequent XDR descriptions,
   with the sentinel sequence are embedded throughout the document.

   Note that the XDR code contained in this document depends on types
   from the NFSv4.1 nfs4_prot.x file ([3]). This includes both nfs
   types that end with a 4, such as offset4, length4, etc., as well as
   more generic types such as uint32_t and uint64_t.

3.1. Code Components Licensing Notice

   The XDR description, marked with lines beginning with the sequence
   "///", as well as scripts for extracting the XDR description are
   Code Components as described in Section 4 of "Legal Provisions
   Relating to IETF Documents" [4]. These Code Components are licensed
   according to the terms of Section 4 of "Legal Provisions Relating to
   IETF Documents".

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   /// %#include <nfs4_prot.x>

4. Basic Data Type Definitions

   The following sections define basic data types and constants used by
   the Lustre Layout protocol.

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4.1. pnfs_los_object_cred4

   /// enum pnfs_los_cap_key_sec4 {
   ///   PNFS_OSS_CAP_KEY_SEC_SSV  = 1
   /// };
   /// typedef uint64_t    pnfs_los_objid4;
   /// struct pnfs_los_object_cred4 {
   ///   pnfs_los_objid4         ploc_object_id;
   ///   pnfs_los_cap_key_sec4   ploc_cap_key_sec;
   ///   opaque                  ploc_capability_key<>;
   ///   opaque                  ploc_capability<>;
   /// };

   Lustre PTLRPC supports GSS authentication. PTLRPC implements Lustre
   communications over LNET ([1]). So "pnfs_los_object_cred4" is put
   inside pnfs_los_layout4 so that if the network requires security,
   credentials can be passed around.

   The pnfs_los_object_cred4 structure is used to identify each
   component comprising the file.  The "ploc_object_id" identifies the
   component object, the "ploc_capability_key" provide the OSS security
   credentials needed to access that object.  The "ploc_cap_key_sec"
   value denotes the method used to secure the "ploc_capability_key".

   To comply with the Lustre security requirements, the capability key
   SHOULD be transferred securely to prevent eavesdropping. Therefore,
   a client SHOULD either issue the LAYOUTGET or GETDEVICEINFO
   operations via RPCSEC_GSS with the privacy service or previously
   establish a secret state verifier (SSV) for the sessions via the
   NFSv4.1 SET_SSV operation. The pnfs_los_cap_key_sec4 type is used to
   identify the method used by the server to secure the capability key.

   o  PNFS_OSS_CAP_KEY_SEC_NONE denotes that the "ploc_capability_key"
     is not encrypted, in which case the client SHOULD issue the
     LAYOUTGET or GETDEVICEINFO operations with RPCSEC_GSS with the
     privacy service or the NFSv4.1 transport should be secured by
     using methods that are external to NFSv4.1 like the use of IPsec
     ([5]) for transporting the NFSV4.1 protocol.

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   o  PNFS_OSS_CAP_KEY_SEC_SSV denotes that the "ploc_capability_key"
      contents are encrypted using the SSV GSS context and the
      capability key as inputs to the GSS_Wrap() function (see GSS-API
      [7]) with the conf_req_flag set to TRUE.  The client MUST use the
      secret SSV key as part of the client's GSS context to decrypt the
      capability key using the value of the lc_capability_key field as
      the input_message to the GSS_unwrap() function.  Note that to
      prevent eavesdropping of the SSV key, the client SHOULD issue
      SET_SSV via RPCSEC_GSS with the privacy service.

   The actual method chosen depends on whether the client established a
   SSV key with the server and whether it issued the operation with the
   RPCSEC_GSS privacy method.  Naturally, if the client did not
   establish an SSV key via SET_SSV, the server MUST use the
   PNFS_OSS_CAP_KEY_SEC_NONE method. Otherwise, if the operation was
   not issued with the RPCSEC_GSS privacy method, the server SHOULD
   secure the "ploc_capability_key" with the PNFS_OSS_CAP_KEY_SEC_SSV
   method. The server MAY use the PNFS_OSS_CAP_KEY_SEC_SSV method also
   when the operation was issued with the RPCSEC_GSS privacy method.

4.3. Data Stripping Algorithms

   Currently only RAID0 is supported but Lustre defines RAID1 as well.

   /// const LOV_PATTERN_RAID0 = 0x001
   ///                        /* stripes are used round-robin */
   /// const LOV_PATTERN_RAID1 = 0x002
   ///                        /* stripes are mirrors of each other */

5. Object Storage Server Addressing and Discovery

   Data operations to an OSS require the client to know the "address"
   of each OSS's root object. The OSS exposes block devices and serves
   data. Correspondingly, OSC is client of the services. Each OSS
   manages one or more OSTs, and OSTs store file data objects. Because
   these representations are local, GETDEVICEINFO must return
   information that can be used by the client to select the correct
   local representation.

5.1. pnfs_los_targetid_type4

   The following enum specifies the manner in which an OST can be
   specified. The target can be specified by the network access
   protocol type used.

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   /// enum pnfs_los_targetid_type4 {
   ///   LOS_TARGET_TCP = 1,
   ///   LOS_TARGET_IB  = 2
   /// };

     o  LOS_TARGET_TCP denotes use of the TCP protocol

     o  LOS_TARGET_IB denotes use of the IB protocol

   Only TCP and IB are defined because these are the two most widely
   used networks in High Performance Computing deployments.

5.2. pnfs_los_deviceaddr4

   The specification (according to [9]) for an object device address is
   as follows:

   /// struct pnfs_los_deviceaddr4 {
   ///   netaddr4             lda_targetid;
   ///   opaque               lda_ossname<>;
   /// };

5.2.1. OSS Target Identifier

   When "lda_targetid" is specified the opaque field MUST be formatted
   as the LOS name.

5.2.2. Device Network Address

   The network address is given with the netaddr4 type, which specifies
   a TCP/IP or IB based endpoint (as specified in NFSv4.1 [3]). When
   given, the client SHOULD use it to probe for the OSS device at the
   given network address.  The client MAY still use other discovery
   mechanisms to locate the device using the "lda_targetid".  In
   particular, an external name service (external to data protocol
   coming from LNET) SHOULD be used when the devices may be attached to
   the network using multiple connections, and/or multiple storage
   fabrics (e.g., TCP or IB).

6. Lustre-Based Layout

   The layout4 type is defined in the NFSv4.1 ([3]) as follows:

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   enum layouttype4 {
        LAYOUT4_NFSV4_1_FILES= 0x1,
        LAYOUT4_OSD2_OBJECTS = 0x2,
        LAYOUT4_BLOCK_VOLUME = 0x3,
        LAYOUT4_OSS_OBJECTS  = 0x0BD30BD4 /* Tentatively */

   struct layout_content4 {
          layouttype4   loc_type;
          opaque        loc_body<>;

   struct layout4 {
          offset4          lo_offset;
          length4          lo_length;
          layoutiomode4    lo_iomode;
          layout_content4  lo_content;

   This document defines structure associated with the layouttype4
   value, LAYOUT4_OSS_OBJECTS.  The NFSv4.1 ([3]) specifies the
   loc_body structure as an XDR type "opaque".  The opaque layout is
   uninterpreted by the generic pNFS client layers, but obviously must
   be interpreted by the Lustre storage layout driver.  This section
   defines the structure of this opaque value, "pnfs_oss_layout4".

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6.1. pnfs_lov_mds_md

   There are two kinds of MDS metadata in the Lustre protocol. For pNFS,
   it is decided to only support V3 that is in use since Lustre 2.0 release.
   The other V1 metadata is not considered to be supported in this draft.

   These are the key file mapping data structures. "pnfs_lov_ost_data"
   is per-stripe data structure. "lov_mds_md" is per file data

   /// struct pnfs_lov_ost_data4 { /* per-stripe data structure */
   ///   uint64_t l_object_id;    /* OST object ID */
   ///   uint64_t l_object_seq;   /* OST object seq number */
   ///   uint32_t l_ost_gen;
   ///                         /* generation of this l_ost_idx */
   ///   uint32_t l_ost_idx;
   ///                /* OST index in LOV (lov_tgt_desc->tgts) */
   /// };
   /// #define LOV_MAXPOOLNAME 16
   /// struct pnfs_lov_mds_md { /* LOV EA mds/wire data */
   ///   uint32_t lmm_pattern;
   ///             /* LOV_PATTERN_RAID0, LOV_PATTERN_RAID1 */
   ///   uint64_t lmm_object_id; /* LOV object ID */
   ///   uint64_t lmm_object_seq; /* LOV object seq number */
   ///   uint32_t lmm_stripe_size;  /* size of stripe in bytes */
   ///   uint16_t lmm_stripe_count;
   ///                   /* num stripes in use for this object */
   ///   uint16_t lmm_layout_gen;  /* layout generation number */
   ///   char  lmm_pool_name[LOV_MAXPOOLNAME];
   ///                                /* must be 32bit aligned */
   ///   pnfs_lov_ost_data4 lmm_objects[0]; /*per-stripe data*/
   /// };

   The pnfs_"pnfs_lov_ost_data4" structure parameterizes the algorithm
   that maps a file's contents over the component OST's.

   The "pnfs_lov_ost_data4" is a per stripe data structure that defines
   the location of the stripe in OST and which OST holds the data.

   "l_object_id" holds the file data's object ID on the OST.

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   "l_object_seq" holds the object sequence number which is always 0.
   "l_ost_idx" holds the OST's index in LOV, and "l_ost_gen" holds the
   OST's index generation.

   The "lmm_pattern" holds the file's stripping pattern. It can be
   either LOV_PATTERN_RAID0 or LOV_PATTERN_RAID1. "lmm_object_id" holds
   the MDS object ID. "lmm_object_seq" holds the LOV object sequence

   "lmm_stripe_size" holds the stripe size in bytes. A file is striped
   across multiple OSTs in the same stripe size. The "lmm_stripe_count"
   holds the number of OSTs over which the file is striped.

   "llm_layout_gen" holds the generation of current layout information.
   Clients need to obtain layout generation before IO and check layout
   generation after IO. If layout generation is changed, client needs
   to redo the operations.

   The "lmm_objects" is an array of "lmm_stripe_count" members
   containing per OST file information. Each element is in form of
   struct "pnfs_lov_ost_data".

6.2. pnfs_los_layout4

   The following is the opaque data in generic layout.

   /// struct pnfs_los_layout4 {
   ///   pnfs_lov_mds_md            lov_mds_md;
   ///   pnfs_los_object_cred4      llo_component;
   /// };

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   The "llo_component" is of type "pnfs_los_object_cred4", containing
   credentials that Lustre client needs to use to connect to OSS's.

   Note that the layout depends on the file size, which the client
   learns, by doing GETATTR commands to the pNFS metadata server.

   The pNFS client uses the file size to decide if it should return a
   short read of the file when trying to read beyond the file size.

6.3. Data Mapping Schemes

   This section describes the different data mapping schemes in detail.
   The Lustre layout always uses a "dense" layout as described in
   NFSv4.1 ([3]).  This means that the second stripe unit of the file
   starts at offset 0 of the second component, rather than at offset
   stripe_unit bytes. After a full stripe has been written, the next
   stripe unit is appended to the first component object in the list
   without any holes in the component objects. From the MDS point of
   view, each file is composed of multiple data objects striped on one
   or more OSTs.

6.3.1. Simple Striping

   A file object's layout information is defined in the extended
   attribute (EA) of the inode. Essentially, EA describes the mapping
   between file object id and its corresponding OSTs.

   For example, if file A has a stripe count of three, then its EA will
   look like:

   EA ---> <obj id x, ost p>
           <obj id y, ost q>
           <obj id z, ost r>
           stripe size and stripe width

   In the above equation obj_id is the object identifier of a file
   fragment on the ost p, "stripe size" is the size of each file
   segment on one OST and "stripe width" is the number of OST's used.
   So if the "stripe size" is 1MB, and the "stripe width" is 3, then
   this would mean that: [0,1M), [4M,5M), ... are stored as object x,
   which is on OST p;   [1M, 2M), [5M, 6M), ... are stored as object y,

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   which is on OST q; [2M,3M), [6M, 7M), ... are stored as object z,
   which is on OST r.

   Before reading the file, the pNFS client will query the pNFS MDS and
   be informed that it should talk to <ost p, ost q, ost r> for this
   operation. This information is structured in so-called LSM, and
   Lustre client side LOV (logical object volume) is to interpret this
   information so Lustre client can send requests to OSTs. Here again,
   the Lustre client communicates with OST through a client module
   interface known as OSC. Depending on the context, OSC can also be
   used to refer to an OSS client by itself.

   The mapping from the logical offset within a file (L) to the
   component object C and object-specific offset O is defined by the
   following equations:

   L = logical offset into the file
   W = stripe width
   S = stripe size
   C = (L-L%S)%W
   O = L/W/S+L%S

   In these equations, S is the number of bytes in a full stripe or
   stripe size.  C is an index into the array of components, so it
   selects a particular OST device. C count starts from zero. O is the
   offset within the OST that corresponds to the file offset. Note that
   this computation does accommodate the fact that an object includes
   all the file segments that are located on same OST.

   For example, consider an object striped over three devices,
   <OST0 OST1 OST2>. The stripe size is 1024KB.  The stripe width W is
   thus 3.

   Offset 0KB:
     C = (0-0%1)%3 = 0 (OST0)
     O = 0/3/1024 + (0%1024) = 0

   Offset 1024KB:
     C = (1024-(1024%1024))%3 = 1 (OST1)
     O = 1024/3/1024 +(1024%1024) = 0

   Offset 9000KB:
     C = (9000-(9000%1024))%3 = 2 (OST2)

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     O = 9000/3/1024 + (9000%1024) = 810

   Offset 102400KB:
     C = (102400-(102400%1024))%3 = 1 (OST0)
     O = 102400/3/1024 + (102400%4096) = 33

6.4. RAID Algorithms

   This section defines the different redundancy algorithms. Note: The
   term "RAID" (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is used in this
   document to represent an array of component OST's that store data
   for an individual file.  The objects are stored on independent OST-
   based storage devices.  File data is encoded and striped across the
   array of component OST's using algorithms developed for block-based
   RAID systems.

6.4.1. PNFS_OST_RAID_0

   PNFS_OST_RAID_0 means there is no parity data, so all bytes in the
   component objects are data bytes located by the above equations for
   C and O.

6.4.2. PNFS_OST_RAID_1

   PNFS_OST_RAID_1 means there is no parity data, but each OST is
   mirrored to another OST. In this case the component objects are data
   bytes still located by the above equations for C and O, defined in
   section 6.3.1.

7. Lustre-Based Creation Layout Hint

   The layouthint4 type is defined in the NFSv4.1 ([3]) as follows:

   struct layouthint4 {
       layouttype4   loh_type;
       opaque        loh_body<>;

   The "layouthint4" structure is used by the client to pass a hint
   about the type of layout it would like to be created for a
   particular file. If the "loh_type" layout type is
   LAYOUT4_OSS_OBJECTS, then the "loh_body" opaque value is defined by
   the "pnfs_los_layouthint4" type.

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7.1. pnfs_los_layouthint4

   /// union pnfs_lov_stripe_count_hint4 switch (bool lsc_valid) {
   ///   case TRUE:
   ///        uint32_t lsc_stripe_count;
   ///   case FALSE:
   ///        void;
   /// };
   /// union pnfs_lov_stripe_size_hint4 switch (bool lss_valid) {
   ///   case TRUE:
   ///        uint32_t lss_stripe_size;
   ///   case FALSE:
   ///        void;
   /// };
   /// union pnfs_lov_stripe_offset_hint4 switch (bool lso_valid) {
   ///   case TRUE:
   ///        uint32_t lso_stripe_offset;
   ///   case FALSE:
   ///        void;
   /// };
   /// union pnfs_lov_stripe_pattern_hint4 switch (bool lsp_valid) {
   ///   case TRUE:
   ///        uint32_t lsp_stripe_pattern;
   ///   case FALSE:
   ///        void;
   /// };
   /// union pnfs_lov_pool_hint4 switch (bool lp_valid) {
   ///   case TRUE:
   ///        string    lp_pool_name<>;
   ///   case FALSE:
   ///        void;
   /// };
   /// enum pnfs_lov_data_tier {
   ///        LOV_DATA_PRIMARY = 1;
   ///        LOV_DATA_SECONDARY = 2;
   /// };
   /// union pnfs_lov_data_tiering_hint4 switch (bool lp_valid) {
   ///   case TRUE:
   ///        ldt_data_tier;
   ///   case FALSE:
   ///        void;
   /// };
   /// struct pnfs_los_layouthint4 {
   ///   pnfs_lov_stripe_count_hint4   lov_stripe_count_hint;
   ///   pnfs_lov_stripe_size_hint4    lov_stripe_size_hint;
   ///   pnfs_lov_stripe_offset_hint4  lov_stripe_offset_hint;
   ///   pnfs_lov_stripe_pattern_hint4 lov_stripe_pattern_hint;
   ///   pnfs_lov_pool_hint4           lov_pool_hint;
   ///   pnfs_lov_data_tiering_hint4   lov_data_tiering_hint;
   /// };

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   "pnfs_los_layouthint4" conveys hints for the desired data map. Hints
   are indications of the client for preferences of the data stripe
   type to be used for the file. All parameters are optional so the
   client can give values for only the parameters it cares about.

   "lov_stripe_count_hint", "lov_stripe_size_hint",
   "lov_stripe_offset_hint" and "lov_stripe_pattern_hint" tells server
   that client wants to create a file with corresponding stripe count,
   stripe size, stripe offset and stripe pattern. "lov_pool_hint" tells
   server that client wants to create a file within specific OST pool.
   "lov_data_tiering_hint" tells server with tiering support, that if
   client wants to store data in primary (usually fast) storage tier.

   The server should make an attempt to honor the hints, but it can
   ignore any or all of them at its own discretion and without failing
   the respective CREATE operation.

8. IANA Considerations

   As described in NFSv4.1 ([8]), new layout type numbers have been
   assigned by IANA.  This document defines the protocol associated
   with a new layout type number, LAYOUT4_OSS_OBJECTS, and it requires
   to be assigned a new value from IANA.

9. References

9.1. Normative References

             File-System-Internals. Lustre source code is hosted in
             release.git;a=summary. The Lustre client code is also in
             process of being merged in Linux kernel.

    [2]      Eisler, M., "XDR: External Data Representation Standard",
             STD 67, RFC 4506, May 2006.

    [3]      Shepler, S., Ed., Eisler, M., Ed., and D. Noveck, Ed.,
             "Network File System (NFS) Version 4 Minor Version 1
             External Data Representation Standard (XDR) Description",
             RFC 5662, January 2010.

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    [4]      IETF Trust, "Legal Provisions Relating to IETF Documents",
             November 2008,

    [5]      Kent, S. and K. Seo, "Security Architecture for the
             Internet Protocol", RFC 4301, December 2005.

    [6]      Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
             Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.

    [7]      Linn, J., "Generic Security Service Application Program
             Interface Version 2, Update 1", RFC 2743, January 2000.

    [8]      Shepler, S., Ed., Eisler, M., Ed., and D. Noveck, Ed.,
             "Network File System (NFS) Version 4 Minor Version 1
             Protocol", RFC 5661, January 2010.

    [9]      Eisler, M., "IANA Considerations for Remote Procedure Call
             (RPC) Network Identifiers and Universal Address Formats",
             RFC 5665, January 2010.

   [10]     LOV and OSC.

   [11]     Lustre Distributed Lock Manager.

   [12]     Portal RPC.

   [13]     Lustre Networking.

   This document was prepared using

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Authors' Addresses

   Sorin Faibish (editor)
   EMC Corporation
   228 South Street
   Hopkinton, MA 01748

   Phone: +1 (508) 249-5745

   Peng Tao
   EMC Corporation
   8F, Block D, SP Tower
   Tsinghua Science Park
   Zhongguancun Dong Road
   Beijing 100084

   Phone: +86 (10) 8215 8293

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