YAFFS - Linux Flash File System

Posted by: Thom Denholm

Continuing the conversation started in Flash File Systems and JFFS2 blog posts, this post talks about a YAFFS, another Linux flash file system alternative. YAFFS (Yet Another Flash File System) was designed to solve some of the performance issues suffered by JFFS2 on NAND flash. Later, YAFFS was upgraded (to YAFFS2) to work with modern, high-density NAND flash. Like JFFS2, YAFFS2 is a log-structured flash file system. YAFFS2 is licensed under the GPL for use with Linux; it also can be ported to and licensed for non-GPL environments, if needed.

Interesting facts about YAFFS

1. Reliability against data corruption - As a log-structured file system, YAFFS2 is intended to be power-fail safe, though there have been reports of data corruption during the garbage collection process and cases where YAFFS2 has lost directories.

2. Wear Leveling - YAFFS2 only implements dynamic wear leveling. Wear leveling is not performed for static data. This may cause a higher number of blocks to be rendered useless at a faster rate than if both static and dynamic wear-leveling scheme were available. [For more information on static and dynamic wear-leveling, see our whitepaper on the topic at www.Datalight.com/resources].

3. Performance: According to the YAFFS development team, YAFFS2 will perform best on disks that are greater than 64MB, while JFFS2 is still preferred for smaller disks. For a detailed look at YAFFS, there is a great presentation on YAFFS by Wookey at Embedded Linux Conference 2007.

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