There is a huge pile of innovations by the database field that filesystems people do not yet make use of. The merits of interdisciplinary study are understood by many.
Can you point me to any such literature? I'm just curious.
Look in every field of cs except filesystems and kernels.;-)
Right. Smart people are found elsewhere only.
Ok, go talk to the befs driver guy, and you'll find out he has already done work on it.
Databases, garbage collectors, etc.
Everthing stuff that works on the assumption that what they are working on
fits in RAM (or can overflow into swap space in a pinch), and that RAM is
fast (and even so they are infuriatingly slow). And disks are usually a few
thousand times larger than RAM (more stuff to shuffle around) and a million
Specific reference, no, I didn't collect them, sorry, but alexander the befs driver guy knows more than I about this.
Furious handwaving doesn't make it true.