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[Qemu-devel] ANNOUNCE: libnbd 0.9.8 - prerelease of high performance NBD

From: Richard W.M. Jones
Subject: [Qemu-devel] ANNOUNCE: libnbd 0.9.8 - prerelease of high performance NBD client library
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2019 17:05:28 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

I'm pleased to announce a new high performance Network Block Device
(NBD) client library called libnbd.  It's written in C and there are
also bindings available for Python, OCaml and (soon) Rust.

0.9.8 is the third pre-release before the stable 1.0 version where we
freeze the API, so feedback on API-related issues is very welcome now.

Download:       http://download.libguestfs.org/libnbd/
Documentation:  https://github.com/libguestfs/libnbd/blob/master/docs/libnbd.pod
Fedora package: https://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/packageinfo?packageID=28807
Debian package: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=933223
Git repo:       https://github.com/libguestfs/libnbd
Mailing list:   address@hidden (no subscription required)

Here are some of the things you can do with this library ...

Connect to an NBD server and grab the first sector of the disk:

High performance multi-threaded reads and writes, with multiple
connections and multiple commands in flight on each connection:

Integrate with glib main loop:

Connect to an NBD server from an interactive shell:

  $ nbdkit -f linuxdisk . &
  $ nbdsh --connect nbd://localhost

  Welcome to nbdsh, the shell for interacting with
  Network Block Device (NBD) servers.

  nbd> h.get_size()
  nbd> buf = h.pread (512, 0)
  nbd> print ("%r" % buf)
  [prints the first sector]

Use ‘fio’ to benchmark an NBD server:

  $ nbdkit -U - memory size=256M \
        --run 'export unixsocket ; fio examples/nbd.fio '


Richard Jones, Virtualization Group, Red Hat http://people.redhat.com/~rjones
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