Thank You

I was originally planning to blog about RAID-Z today, but I can't.

There's been such a tremendous outpouring of energy and passion for the ZFS launch today that the only thing I can think about is this: thank you.

Eric Schrock and Dan Price have been tireless in their efforts to get the OpenSolaris ZFS community up and running. Bryan Cantrill has rounded up all the ZFS blog entries from today, which run the gamut from informative to surprising to downright funny. And for me, as the papa bear, every one of them is also personally touching. Thank you for using ZFS during the early days, for providing insights on how to make it better, and for taking the time to write up your personal experiences and spread the word.

I'm incredibly proud of the ZFS team, and deeply grateful: no one person can do something on this scale. Thank you for making the leap of faith to join me in this effort, to create something out of nothing, to take an idea from vision to reality. It has been an amazing and wonderful experience.

To Cathy, Andrew, David, and Galen: thank you for support, encouragement, patience, and love. Six years is a long time to wait for Daddy to finish his project. But somehow, you managed to understand how important this was to me, and for you, that was good enough: you've been a constant source of energy the whole way. I can't imagine doing it without you.

Awww, now I'm getting all weepy.

Please come back tomorrow and I promise we'll have that chat about RAID-Z.


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Kudos also to Alan DuBoff for listing some of the marvelous ZFS contributors that we outside Sun may not have heard of. Snip: Yourself, natch... Bill Moore Matt Ahrens Eric Schrock Lori Alt Bill Baker Rich Brown Eric Kustarz Tabriz Leman Lin Ling Mark Maybee Neil Perrin Bill Ricker Mark Shellenbaum Steve Talley

Posted by Beardy Shambles on November 17, 2005 at 12:17 AM PST #

Huge congrats, Jeff! This baby is finally out of the oven. Are you going to Disneyworld now? :-) --ClaireG

Posted by Claire Giordano on November 18, 2005 at 05:20 PM PST #

Sheesh, if you're going to thank the people that contibuted the most to ZFS, the least you could do is mention Dave Hitz & James Lau and all the good engineering folk at NetApp for the inspiration of WAFL and Data ONTAP on which the priciples of ZFS are largely founded. Talent repeats, genius creates. Talent is a cistern; genius a fountain. Edwin Whipple (1819-1886) Lecturer and Critic

Posted by A Cynic on November 21, 2005 at 05:04 AM PST #

> the least you could do is mention Hitz and Lau... Sure. I'd be happy to cite the excellent work by Hitz et al (WAFL, 1994); which was an incremental improvement to ideas in Bostic and Seltzer (LFS for Unix, 1993); which built on Outerhout (Sprite, 1988) and much earlier database work (summarized nicely by Haerder et al, 1982), much of which was based on B+ trees (Knuth, 1973). All just one big cistern by your critic's reckoning. Albert Einstein (an actual genius, not a critic) had it closer to right when he said "If I have seen further, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants." If human knowledge were not cumulative we'd still be using stone tools. In any case, FYI, the transactional models in ZFS, WAFL, Reiser4, and LFS (to name just a few) are actually all quite different in how they do what they do. Take a look. Or as one colleage likes to quip: Use the source, Luke.

Posted by Jeff Bonwick on November 21, 2005 at 09:48 PM PST #

Albert Einstein (an actual genius, not a critic) had it closer to right when he said "If I have seen further, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants." - actually that was Sir Issac Newton but we get the picture :)

Posted by tim on November 22, 2005 at 07:33 AM PST #

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