• ZFS
    November 17, 2005

Thank You

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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
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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Comments ( 5 )
  • Beardy Shambles Thursday, November 17, 2005
    Kudos also to Alan DuBoff for listing some of the marvelous ZFS contributors that we outside Sun may not have heard of.
    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
  • Claire Giordano Saturday, November 19, 2005
    Huge congrats, Jeff! This baby is finally out of the oven. Are you going to Disneyworld now? :-)
  • A Cynic Monday, November 21, 2005
    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
  • Jeff Bonwick Tuesday, November 22, 2005
    > 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.
  • tim Tuesday, November 22, 2005
    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 :)
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