File systems expert for a news article (urgent)

Alex McWhirter alexmcwhirter at
Sun May 1 00:56:59 CDT 2016

Sounds like some of the SMR stuff Seagate is working on. Not sure if HAMR needs fs changes or not, but I know SMR does for certain.

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-------- Original message --------
From: Eric Christopherson <echristopherson at> 
Date: 5/1/2016  1:44 AM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk at> 
Subject: Re: File systems expert for a news article (urgent) 

On Fri, Apr 29, 2016, Evan Koblentz wrote:
> >>Anyone here on cctalk consider themselves a file systems expert and have
> >>the credentials or job title to vouch for it? If so, then I need to
> >>interview you ASAP today (in the next hour-ish) for a
> >>article. Contact me offline: news at
> >>
> >>Not going to discuss the story itself here in public.
> >>
> >
> >Can you be a little more specific?  File systems is quite broad
> >
> One of the hard disk standards bodies is working on a new feature (which I'm
> not going to post here) that would require changes to file systems,
> otherwise the new feature is academic and useless in the real world. So I am
> looking for someone with FS chops to comment on whether the changes can
> reasonably happen. Cannot say more except in private.

Hopefully not something that would require said filesystem
implementators to pay licensing fees or sign NDAs or take affirmative
action to limit users' use of data, or onerous things like that.

        Eric Christopherson

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