Last Call Review of draft-ietf-nfsv4-flex-files-15

Request Review of draft-ietf-nfsv4-flex-files
Requested rev. no specific revision (document currently at 19)
Type Last Call Review
Team General Area Review Team (Gen-ART) (genart)
Deadline 2018-01-16
Requested 2017-12-19
Authors Benny Halevy, Thomas Haynes
Draft last updated 2017-12-21
Completed reviews Genart Last Call review of -15 by Christer Holmberg (diff)
Secdir Last Call review of -15 by Brian Weis (diff)
Opsdir Last Call review of -15 by Linda Dunbar (diff)
Assignment Reviewer Christer Holmberg
State Completed
Review review-ietf-nfsv4-flex-files-15-genart-lc-holmberg-2017-12-21
Reviewed rev. 15 (document currently at 19)
Review result Almost Ready
Review completed: 2017-12-21


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Document: draft-ietf-nfsv4-flex-files-15
Reviewer: Christer Holmberg
Review Date: 2017-12-21
IETF LC End Date: 2018-01-16
IESG Telechat date: 2018-01-25

Summary: The document is well written, and almost ready for publication. However, I think some additional text is needed, as described below.

Major issues: None.

Minor issues: None:

Nits/editorial comments:


The Abstract says:

   "The flexible file layout type is defined in this
   document as an extension to pNFS which allows the use of storage
   devices in a fashion such that they require only a quite limited
   degree of interaction with the metadata server, using already
   existing protocols."

…and the Introduction says:

   "There are different layout types for different storage
   systems and methods of arranging data on storage devices.  This
   document defines the flexible file layout type used with file-based
   data servers that are accessed using the Network File System (NFS)
   protocols: NFSv3 [RFC1813], NFSv4.0 [RFC7530], NFSv4.1 [RFC5661], and
   NFSv4.2 [RFC7862].”

But, there is no text about the existing file layout type, and how this file layout types will improve things. The Abstract mentions impacts on the interactions with the metadata server, but there is no text about that in the Introduction. I think a few sentences in the Introduction, describing the high-level advantages and changes that the flexible file layout type brings, would be good. 

Also, the Abstract mentions client mirroring, but there is nothing about that in the Introduction.

Is section 2 specific to the flexible file layout type, or is it about pNFS in general? I think it would good to have a sentence describing the scope of the section.