Structure of the file system

OneFS presents all the nodes in a cluster as a global namespace—that is, as the default file share, /ifs.

In the file system, directories are inode number links. An inode contains file metadata and an inode number, which identifies a file's location. OneFS dynamically allocates inodes, and there is no limit on the number of inodes.

To distribute data among nodes, OneFS sends messages with a globally routable block address through the cluster's internal network. The block address identifies the node and the drive storing the block of data.

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We recommend that you do not save data to the root /ifs file path but in directories below /ifs. The design of your data storage structure should be planned carefully. A well-designed directory optimizes cluster performance and cluster administration.