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Melvin: A new implementation of LVM in Rust

Project: Melvin

The LVM2 logical volume management tool has been a mainstay of using Linux for many years. Rust is a new memory-safe systems programming language. Melvin is a pure Rust implementation of LVM2 and libdm functionality. This talk will cover why Rust is uniquely suited for rewriting LVM and other existing C-based projects: the benefits that accrue from a second implementation generally, and the benefits particular to using Rust. We will also peer under the covers of LVM to understand what's actually going on, what Melvin supports already, and what's still to come.

Andy Grover

Andy Grover is a Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat, working to improve Linux’s block storage capabilities. His work encompasses both changes to the kernel itself as well as low-level management tools. Previous work areas include networking and ACPI. He lives in Portland, Oregon, USA.


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