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Linux 2001 — Linux Developers' Conference
29 June - 1 July 2001,
Renold Building
, UMIST, Manchester

David Woodhouse - Red Hat Inc.

The Journalling Flash File System

Until recently, the common approach to using Flash technology in embedded devices has been to use a pseudo-filesystem on the flash chips to emulate a standard block device and provide wear levelling, and to use a normal filesystem on top of that emulated block device.

JFFS is a log-structured filesystem designed by Axis Communications AB in Sweden specifically for use on flash devices in embedded systems, which is aware of the restrictions imposed by flash technology and which operates directly on the flash chips, thereby avoiding the inefficiency of having two journalling filesystems on top of each other.

This presentation will give an overview of the restrictions imposed by flash technology and hence the design aims of JFFS, and the implementation of both JFFS and the improvements made in version 2, including compression and more efficient garbage collection.

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