[Openstack] Writes are faster than reads in Swift

Zhenhua (Gerald) Guo jenvor at gmail.com
Wed Dec 28 17:24:03 UTC 2011

Thanks. Now, I understand the access pattern Swift is designed for.
Do you know some real applications (or scenarios, use cases) that
benefit from that design (except static image files)?


On Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 1:17 AM, Michael Barton
<mike-launchpad at weirdlooking.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 9:21 PM, Huang Zhiteng <winston.d at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Can anyone explain why Swift doesn't want to utilize page cache _at all_?
> It's an artifact of the use case swift was built for - heavy on
> writes, and repeat reads (where a cache would help) are very rare.
> Having that memory available to cache dirents and inodes has a
> positive impact on performance, since a swift object server has so
> many files.
> The object server used to not drop caches if the file was small and
> the user wasn't authenticated, but I guess that's been factored out at
> some point.  It'd be nice to have that logic pluggable or configurable
> somehow, since it does make swift kind of useless for things it'd
> otherwise be good at, like serving static files directly to browsers.
> - Mike
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