FS-Cache and FUSE for Media Playback QoS

Use FS-Cache to remove fluctuating performance issues from media playback.

The simpleread was stopped after reading only a little more than half a megabyte. However, the FUSE module has an asynchronous IO call at the start, requesting 8MB of data be sent to it. Poking around in /var/fscache for a file with the same size as venice-2001.dv should reveal the cache file. Comparing the first 8MB of this cache file to the version on the NFS share should show that the first 8MB is identical. Note that the local cached file is read first to make sure that the subsequent use of the NFS share does not populate the cache file before it is read. This is shown in Listing 9.


One restriction on FS-Cache is that it will not cache files opened with O_DIRECT or for writing.

By taking advantage of the kernel FS-Cache code, the FUSE module to handle read-ahead can be very simple to create. The Delegatefs C++ FUSE base class allows one to implement additional features very easily when applications perform IO.

The FUSE nfs-fuse-readahead-shim module is started just as shown in Listing 8 and when the --fuse-forground option is not passed, nfs-fuse-readahead-shim runs silently as a dæmon.

Ben Martin has been working on filesystems for more than ten years. He is currently working toward a PhD combining Semantic Filesystems with Formal Concept Analysis to improve human-filesystem interaction.


White Paper
Linux Management with Red Hat Satellite: Measuring Business Impact and ROI

Linux has become a key foundation for supporting today's rapidly growing IT environments. Linux is being used to deploy business applications and databases, trading on its reputation as a low-cost operating environment. For many IT organizations, Linux is a mainstay for deploying Web servers and has evolved from handling basic file, print, and utility workloads to running mission-critical applications and databases, physically, virtually, and in the cloud. As Linux grows in importance in terms of value to the business, managing Linux environments to high standards of service quality — availability, security, and performance — becomes an essential requirement for business success.

Learn More

Sponsored by Red Hat

White Paper
Private PaaS for the Agile Enterprise

If you already use virtualized infrastructure, you are well on your way to leveraging the power of the cloud. Virtualization offers the promise of limitless resources, but how do you manage that scalability when your DevOps team doesn’t scale? In today’s hypercompetitive markets, fast results can make a difference between leading the pack vs. obsolescence. Organizations need more benefits from cloud computing than just raw resources. They need agility, flexibility, convenience, ROI, and control.

Stackato private Platform-as-a-Service technology from ActiveState extends your private cloud infrastructure by creating a private PaaS to provide on-demand availability, flexibility, control, and ultimately, faster time-to-market for your enterprise.

Learn More

Sponsored by ActiveState