Transparent access to remote data sets and data arising from web services is a non-trivial challenge to application developers. This early stage work addresses this challenge with NOFS, an object-oriented framework for creating filesystems to support domain specific functionality. While an early stage work, we present a solution to solve the access problem. Our solution greatly simplifies the task of filesystems development by providing the glue code needed between a domain model and the filesystem contract. We demonstrate support for domain models that are larger than physical memory and demonstrate how the concerns of caching can be removed from user-mode filesystem implementations. Future work will addresses more robust solutions to caching and other performance strategies.
J. P. Kaylor, K. Läufer, and G. K. Thiruvathukal, Simplifying domain modeling and memory management in user-mode filesystems with the NOFS framework. In Proc. 2010 IEEE Intl. Conf. on Electro/Information Technology (EIT), Indianapolis, Indiana, May 2012, doi:10.1109/EIT.2012.6220733.
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