[OpenAFS] Re: [OpenAFS-win32-devel] OpenAFS vs Vista

Matt Benjamin matt@linuxbox.com
Tue, 07 Nov 2006 14:58:10 -0500


I recall seeting the IFS working (by some definition of "working") on 
Eric JW's workstation in 2005.  What specifically are the missing 
features that must be implemented to complete the work?


Jeffrey Altman wrote:
> The long term solution is clear.  The OpenAFS community needs to move
> away from the SMB Gateway model and replace it with a native Network
> Provider / File System Filter model.  Completing this work in such a
> way that it is portable across Windows 2000 SP4 through Vista and
> works on both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems is going to be time
> consuming and expensive.  I hired a Windows file system and kernel
> driver developer to review the work that has already been done and
> help design an architecture that can support all of the required
> platforms for the next ten years.  We believe that this work can be
> accomplished over a period of ten months provided that the necessary
> financial resources ($250,000 - $300,000) can be acquired.
> The long term benefits of getting rid of the SMB gateway are:
> (1) the use of the Microsoft Loopback Adapter will no longer be required
> (2) all of the problems associated with the CIFS client timeout issues
>     will be removed.   this will not only improve performance but will
>     solve all of the "delayed write" and "network path no longer
>     available" errors.
> (3) performance gains.  There is significant time delays and CPU
>     load added to each transaction as a result of the CIFS client and
>     SMB server both involving the SMB/NetBIOS/TCP/IP stack.
> If your organization is in a position to assist us in financing this
> work, please contact me off-list.
> Jeffrey Altman
> OpenAFS Gatekeeper/Elder