Namespace Database (NSDB) Protocol for Federated File Systems
RFC 7532

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Last updated 2015-03-26
Replaces draft-tewari-nfsv4-federated-fs-protocol
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        J. Lentini
Request for Comments: 7532                                        NetApp
Category: Standards Track                                      R. Tewari
ISSN: 2070-1721                                              IBM Almaden
                                                           C. Lever, Ed.
                                                      Oracle Corporation
                                                              March 2015

     Namespace Database (NSDB) Protocol for Federated File Systems

Abstract

   This document describes a file system federation protocol that
   enables file access and namespace traversal across collections of
   independently administered fileservers.  The protocol specifies a set
   of interfaces by which fileservers with different administrators can
   form a fileserver federation that provides a namespace composed of
   the file systems physically hosted on and exported by the constituent
   fileservers.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on
   Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7532.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................4
      1.1. Requirements Language ......................................5
   2. Overview of Features and Concepts ...............................5
      2.1. File-Access Protocol .......................................5
      2.2. File-Access Client .........................................5
      2.3. Fileserver .................................................5
      2.4. Referral ...................................................5
      2.5. Namespace ..................................................6
      2.6. Fileset ....................................................6
      2.7. Fileset Name (FSN) .........................................6
      2.8. Fileset Location (FSL) .....................................7
           2.8.1. The NFS URI Scheme ..................................8
           2.8.2. Mutual Consistency across Fileset Locations ........10
           2.8.3. Caching of Fileset Locations .......................11
           2.8.4. Generating a Referral from Fileset Locations .......12
      2.9. Namespace Database (NSDB) .................................13
           2.9.1. NSDB Client ........................................14
      2.10. Junctions and Referrals ..................................14
      2.11. Unified Namespace and the Root Fileset ...................15
      2.12. UUID Considerations ......................................15
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