Alluxio maintainer and founding engineer Calvin Jia presents on Scalable Filesystem Metadata Services with RocksDB at the RocksDB meetup at Twitter.
Alluxio provides a unified namespace where you can mount multiple different storage systems and access them through the same API. To serve the file system requests to operate on all the files and directories in this namespace, Alluxio masters must handle the file system metadata at a scale of all mounted systems combined. We are writing several engineering blogs describing the design and implementation of Alluxio master to address this scalability challenge. This is the first article focusing on metadata storage and service, particularly how to use RocksDB as an embedded persistent key-value store to encode and store the file system inode tree with high performance.