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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1858018 03.01.2008
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001858018
Titel Verfahren und Vorrichtung zum Zuweisen von Speicherplatz
Anmelder Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Suwon, Kyonggi, KR
Erfinder KIRNASOV, Alexander 816-1004 Bye, Gyeonggi-do, KR;
HWANG, Joo-young 605-1002 Shi, Gyeonggi-do, KR
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
Vertragsstaaten AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LI, LT, LU, LV, MC, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 30.04.2007
EP-Aktenzeichen 071072540
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 21.11.2007
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 03.01.2008
IPC-Hauptklasse G11B 27/034(2006.01)A, F, I, 20071023, B, H, EP
IPC-Nebenklasse G11B 27/32(2006.01)A, L, I, 20071023, B, H, EP   

Beschreibung[en]

The present invention relates to a file system, and more particularly, to a method and apparatus for allocating disc space for recording files.

A variety of file systems (such as FAT, XFS, and Ext2) aim at storing a file in a disc such that the data elements of the file can be recorded as close together as possible, thus minimizing the time for a disc head to seek the file. In order to store the data of the file in close proximity to one another, empty disc space must be appropriately allocated.

FIG. 1 is a diagram explaining a conventional method of allocating empty disc space. Referring to FIG. 1, reference characters a through j indicate blocks. The size of the blocks a through j vary from one file system to another. Referring to FIG. 1, dark blocks indicate blocks to which data has already been allocated, and white blocks indicate empty blocks. A reference point indicates a location where data to be stored (target data) and data related to the target data have been most recently stored (i.e., a location where a disc head is currently located to read the target data).

A seek time becomes longer as the distance from the reference point becomes greater. Accordingly, a sufficient number of empty blocks to cover the size of the target data are allocated in increasing order of distance from the reference point. Referring to FIG. 1, the white blocks d, f, i, and j are sequentially allocated from the reference point.

However, when a file to be read is distributed over a plurality of blocks, the distances between a reference point and the blocks are not necessarily proportional to the time taken to seek the file. In general, the time taken to seek a file that is distributed over a plurality of consecutive blocks is shorter than the time taken to seek a file that is distributed over a plurality of nonconsecutive blocks. Thus, when data related to a file is distributed over a plurality of blocks, an exact seek time can be determined according to a seek curve of a file system. For example, referring to FIG. 1, assuming that the size of the target data amounts to the size of two blocks combined, the shortest seek time can be guaranteed by allocating the blocks i and j to the target data. However, according to the conventional method of allocating, empty blocks are allocated to the target data simply based on their distances from the reference point. Thus, the blocks d and f, instead of the blocks i and j, are allocated to the target data, thereby failing to provide an optimum block allocation.

Aspects of the present invention provide an apparatus and method for allocating disc space in consideration of actual seek time according to the sizes of empty sections.

According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method of allocating disc space for recording data on a disc, the method including: detecting one or more first sets, each comprising one or more empty sections of the disc that are larger than a predetermined reference value; detecting one or more second sets, each comprising one or more empty sections from the one or more first sets that are equal to or larger than a size of the data when combined; and allocating, to the data, an optimum set of the one or more second sets that results in a shortest seek time from a predetermined reference point.

According to an aspect of the present invention, if no one or more second sets are detected, the method may also include allocating an empty section, to the data, that is located within a predetermined range of the reference point and is larger than the size of the data.

According to an aspect of the present invention, the method may also include, if no empty section that is larger than the data and within the predetermined range of the reference point exists, allocating an empty section, to the data, that is outside of the predetermined range of the reference point and is larger than the size of the data.

According to an aspect of the present invention, the method may also include, if no empty section that is larger than the data exists on the disc, allocating a largest empty section on the disk to a part of the data, and if no empty sections remain on the disc, outputting an error message; and if the largest empty section is allocated to the data, setting the end of the allocated empty section in as a new reference point, setting a size of a portion of the data remaining uncovered by the allocation of the largest empty section as a new data size, and performing the detecting of the one or more first sets, the detecting of the one or more second sets, the allocating of the optimum set, the allocating of the empty section that is located within the predetermined range, the allocating of the empty section that is outside of the predetermined range, and the allocating of the largest empty section again.

According to an aspect of the present invention, the performing of the detecting of the one or more first sets, the detecting of the one or more second sets, the allocating of the optimum set, the allocating of the empty section that is located within the predetermined range, the allocating of the empty section that is outside of the predetermined range, and the allocating of the largest empty section again may be repeatedly performed until an error message is output or until the entire data is covered.

According to an aspect of the present invention, if more than one empty section that is larger than the data and within the predetermined range of the reference point, an empty section that is closest to the reference point may be allocated to the data.

According to an aspect of the present invention, if more than one empty sections that is larger than the data and outside of the predetermined range of the reference point, an empty section that is closest to the reference point may be allocated to the data.

According to another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a computer-readable recording medium having recorded thereon a computer program for executing the method.

According to another aspect of the present invention, there is provided an apparatus to allocate disc space for recording data on a disc, the apparatus including a first algorithm execution unit to detect one or more first sets, each comprising one or more empty sections of the disc that are larger than a corresponding predetermined reference value, to detect one or more second sets, each comprising one or more empty sections from the one or more first sets that are equal to or larger than a predetermined reference value, and to execute a first algorithm to allocate, to the data, an optimum set of the one or more second sets that results in a shortest seek time from a predetermined reference point.

According to an aspect of the present invention, the apparatus may also include a second algorithm execution unit to allocate an empty section that is located within a predetermined range of the reference point and is larger than the data to the data if no set is detected by the first algorithm; to allocate an empty section that is outside of the predetermined range of the reference point and is larger than the data to the data if no empty section that is larger than the data remains within the predetermined range of the reference point; to allocate the largest empty section remaining on the disk to the data if no empty section that is larger than the data, remains outside the predetermined range; and to output an error message if no empty sections remain within and outside of the predetermined range of the reference point.

According to an aspect of the present invention, the apparatus may also include a control unit to, if the second algorithm execution unit allocates the largest empty section, set an end of the allocated largest empty section as a new reference point, set a size of a portion of the data remaining uncovered by the allocation of the largest empty section as a new data size, and the first algorithm execution unit and the second algorithm execution unit to repeatedly detect the one or more first sets, detect the one or more second sets, execute the first algorithm, and allocate the empty section until all of the data has an allocated disc space or until no more space remains on the disc.

Embodiments of the invention will now be described by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

  • FIG. 1 is a diagram explaining a conventional method of allocating empty disc space;
  • FIG. 2 is a flowchart illustrating a method of allocating disc space according to an embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 3 is a flowchart illustrating an embodiment of the execution of a first algorithm;
  • FIG. 4 is a flowchart illustrating an embodiment of the execution of a second algorithm;
  • FIG. 5 is a block diagram of an apparatus for allocating disc space according to an embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 6 is a diagram explaining a method of allocating disc space according to an embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 7 is a diagram explaining a method of allocating disc space according to another embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 8 is a diagram explaining a method of allocating disc space according to another embodiment of the present invention; and
  • FIG. 9 is a diagram explaining a method of allocating disc space according to another embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 2, in operation 210, a first algorithm is executed. The first algorithm is a method of allocating empty sections larger than a predetermined size within a predetermined distance from a reference point. Here, a section indicates one block or a plurality of consecutive blocks. The first algorithm will be described in further detail with reference to FIG. 3.

In operation 220, it is determined whether all sufficient disc space to store target data has been allocated. In operation 230, if it is determined in operation 220 that not all of the sufficient disc space to store the target data has been allocated, then a second algorithm is executed. The second algorithm is a method of allocating empty sections in decreasing order of size, and will be described later in further detail with reference to FIG. 4. If it is determined in operation 220 that space allocation is complete, the method ends.

In operation 240, it is determined whether the sufficient disc space to store the target data has all been allocated. In operation 250, if it is determined in operation 240 that not all the sufficient disc space to store the target data has been allocated, it is determined whether there is empty disc space remaining unallocated. In operation 260, if it is determined in operation 250 that there is empty disc space left unallocated, a new reference point and a new target data size are set, thereby generating a new input value for the re-execution of the first algorithm. Then, the first and second algorithms are alternately executed until the entire target data is covered or until no empty disc space remains unallocated. If it is determined in operation 240 that the space allocation is complete or if it is determined in operation 250 that no empty space remains, the method ends.

FIG. 3 is a flowchart illustrating an embodiment of the execution of the first algorithm (i.e., operation 210 illustrated in FIG. 2). In general, most file systems manage metadata regarding empty disc space. For example, XFS manages empty disc space by aligning and managing empty sections of a disc according to the locations and sizes of the empty sections using a B+ tree. According to the shown embodiment, metadata Li (where i is an integer within a predefined range) is used. Here, Li indicates a set including one or more empty sections that are larger than the size of 2i blocks combined. According to an aspect of the present invention, Li is generated, not for all integer values, but for only certain integer values that fall within the predefined range. According to the present embodiment, Li is generated only for the integer values that satisfy the following equation: i1≤ i ≤i2.

Referring to FIG. 3, in operation 310, Li is generated. The generation of Li involves determining i1 and i2 which set the range of i, i.e., determining a minimum size of empty sections to which target data is allocated during the execution of the first algorithm. For example, i1 and i2 may be determined so that i2 = min(N, ]log2(req_len)[) and that i1 = max([log2(req_len)]-C, 0), wherein req_len indicates the size of the target data; C is a constant; N=[log2(V/B)]; V indicates the storage capacity of an entire disc; B indicates the size of blocks of a file system; ][is a mathematical operator that raises a value to the closest integer greater than the original value; and [] is a mathematical operator that lowers a value to the closest integer smaller than the original value. A maximum i value is determined by the target data size req_len, and a minimum i value is determined by the constant C. The constant C can be chosen by experimentation in order to obtain an optimum disc space allocation.

In operation 320, Wi, Zi, and Mi are determined. Wi is a set including a predefined number of empty sections that are chosen from among a plurality of empty sections included in Li. In detail, Wi comprises u empty sections l1, l2, l3,..., and lu that are on the left side of a reference point of Li, and v empty sections r1, r2, r3, ..., and rv on the right side of the reference point That is, according to an aspect of the present invention, the seek range is limited by imposing conditions for u and v, as it is uneconomical to seek through all the empty sections belonging to Li for all the integer values within the predetermined range. The conditions for u are as follows: (1) u ≤ ]req_len/2i[; and (2) l(l1)+l(l2)+...l(lu) ≥req_len and l(l1)+l(l2)+...l(lu-1) < req_len, or l(l1)+l(l2)+...l(lu) < req_len. The conditions for v are as follows: (1) v ≤ ]req_len /2i[; and (2) l(r1)+l(r2)+...l(rv) ≥ req_len and l(r1)+l(r2)+...l(rv-1) < req_len, or l(r1)+l(r2)+...l(rv) < req_len. Here, I(x) is a function indicating the size of an empty section x.

In short, Wi comprises a minimum number of empty sections that are larger than the size of the target data and are on the left side of the reference point of Li (the u empty sections l1, l2, l3,..., lu), and a minimum number of empty sections that are larger than the size of the target data and are on the right side of the reference point of Li (the v empty sections r1, r2, r3, ..., rv). Here, lk+1 is more distant than lk from the reference point of Li. According to an aspect of the present invention, u and v may be determined so that the collective size of the u empty sections l1, l2, l3,..., lu and the collective size of the v empty sections r1, r2, r3, ..., rv may each be smaller than the size of the target data. In other words, since the first algorithm aims at securing empty space larger than the size of the target data and then allocating the secured empty space to the target data, it is acceptable that the collective size of the u empty sections l1, l2, l3,..., lu and the collective size of the v empty sections r1, r2, r3, ..., rv are each smaller than the size of the target data, as long as the collective size of all of the empty sections included in Wi (the u empty sections l1, l2, l3,..., lu and the v empty sections r1, r2, r3, ..., rv combined) is larger than the size of the target data.

Zi is a set including a number of sets of w consecutive empty sections zi1, zi2,..., ziw that are detected from among the empty sections included in Wi. As described above, Wi includes u+v empty sections. Zi is a set of sets that can be made up of w consecutive empty sections detected from among the u+v empty sections. Here, w is a minimum value for securing empty space larger than the size of the target data. In other words, l(zi1) + l(zi2) +... + l (ziw) > req_len and, l(zi1)+l(zi2)+...+l(zi(w-1)) < req_len.

Mi is one of the sets of Zi that can result in a shortest seek time. In detail, Zi includes one or more sets as described above. Mi is determined as the set included in Zi that results in the shortest seek time. In other words, Mi is an optimum set that is made up of the empty sections included in Wi for allocating the target data.

In operation 330, an optimum empty section set min(Mi) that can result in the shortest seek time is detected from among a plurality of optimum empty sections Mi obtained in operation 320. In operation 340, it is determined whether the optimum empty section set min(Mi) exists. In operation 350, if it is determined in operation 340 that the optimum empty section set min(Mi) exists, empty sections belonging to the optimum empty section set min(Mi) are allocated to the target data. However, if it is determined in operation 340 that the optimum empty section set min(Mi) does not exist, then the execution of the first algorithm is terminated, and the execution of the second algorithm begins in operation 230.

FIG. 4 is a flowchart illustrating an embodiment of the execution of the second algorithm (i.e., operation 230 illustrated in FIG. 2). Referring to FIG. 4, in operation 410, a search for an empty section that is larger than the size of the target data is performed within a predetermined disc area. Here, the predetermined disc area may be restricted to a predetermined distance of a reference point. In operation 420, it is determined whether the search performed in operation 410 has succeeded. In operation 470, if it is determined in operation 420 that the search performed in operation 410 has succeeded, an empty section that is detected by the search is allocated to the target data. If more than one empty section is detected by the search, then whichever of the detected empty section is closer to the reference point may be allocated to the target data, thereby reducing a seek time.

In operation 430, if there is no empty section within the predetermined area that is larger than the size of the target data (operations 410 and 420), it is determined whether an empty section larger than the size of the target data remains outside of the predetermined disc area. In operation 470, if an empty section larger than the size of the target data remains outside the predetermined disc area (operation 430), then the corresponding empty section may be allocated to the target data in operation 470. If more than one empty section larger than the size of the target data is detected outside the predetermined disc area (operation 430), then whichever of the detected empty sections is closer to the reference point may be allocated to the target data in order to reduce seek time. It is understood that, if no predetermined area is selected, operations 420 and 430 can be combined.

In operation 440, if no empty section that is larger than the size of the target data remains on the disc (operation 430), it is determined whether an empty section of any size remains on the disc. In operation 460, if no empty section remains on the disc (operation 440), then an error message is output. In operation 450, if empty sections still remain on the disc (operation 440), then whichever of the remaining empty sections is largest is selected. In operation 470, the empty section selected in operation 450 is allocated to part of the target data.

In operation 410, manual inspection of each block of a file system may be needed to search the predetermined disc area for an empty section that is larger than the size of the target data. On the other hand, operations 430 and 440 may be performed simply by referencing a list managed by the file system, instead of manually inspecting each block of the file system. For example, XFS manages information regarding empty disc space according to the locations and sizes of empty sections using a B+ tree. In this case, operations 430 and 440 may be performed with reference to the B+ tree.

FIG. 5 is a block diagram of an apparatus for allocating disc space according to an embodiment of the present invention. Referring to FIG. 5, the apparatus includes a first algorithm execution unit 510, a second algorithm execution unit 520, and a control unit 530. The first algorithm execution unit 510 allocates empty space to target data by executing the first algorithm. The first algorithm execution unit 510 includes an Li generator 511, a Wi generator 512, a Zi generator 513, a first selector 514, a second selector 515, and an allocator 516. While not required, the apparatus can be implemented in a recording and/or reproducing apparatus which records data in the allocated empty spaces.

The Li generator 511 determines i1 and i2 that are respectively the minimum and the maximum in the predetermined range, and creates Li as described above in relation to FIG. 3 according to the results of the determination. The Wi generator 512 creates Wi, as described above in relation to FIG. 3, based on Li. The Zi generator 513 creates Zi, as described above in relation to FIG. 3, based on Wi. The first selector 514 chooses a set (i.e., Mi of FIG. 3) that results in the shortest seek time from among a plurality of sets belonging to Zi for each of the integer values within the predefined range. The second selector 515 chooses a set Min (Mi) that can result in the shortest seek time from the sets Mi chosen by the first selector 514. The allocator 516 allocates a plurality of empty sections included in the set chosen by the second selector 515 to the target data. Each parameter has already been described in detail, and thus, detailed descriptions thereof will be skipped.

If the allocation of empty sections to the target data by the first algorithm execution unit 510 fails, the second algorithm execution unit 520 attempts to allocate one or more empty sections to the target data by executing the second algorithm. If no empty space remains on the disc, the second algorithm execution unit 520 outputs an error message indicating that insufficient space remains to record the target data. If the second algorithm execution unit 520 fails to cover the entire target data by allocating disc space to only part of the target data, then the control unit 530 sets the size of a portion of target data remaining uncovered by the allocation as a new target data size, sets a point where the allocation of disc space by the second algorithm execution unit 250 has ended as a new reference point, and transmits the new reference point and the new target data size to the first algorithm execution unit 510 so that the first algorithm execution unit 510 can execute the first algorithm based on the new reference point and the new target data size. Also, the control unit 530 repeatedly performs the aforementioned process until the second algorithm execution unit 520 outputs an error message or until the entire target data is covered, thereby enabling the first and second algorithms to be alternately executed. While not shown, it is understood that the apparatus can further include an optical and/or magnetic head to transfer the target data with respect to a disc, and a controller to process the target data to be written in the allocated empty spaces. Examples of the apparatus can be media players, computers, disk drives, or like devices.

FIG. 6 is a diagram explaining a method of allocating disc space according to an embodiment of the present invention. Referring to FIG. 6, dark portions represent portions of a disc that have already been allocated, and light portions represent empty portions of the disc yet to be allocated. Assume that portions of the disc other than those illustrated in FIG. 6 have all been allocated.

Referring to FIG. 6, empty sections a and b are located to the left of a reference point. The empty sections a and b have a size of 1 and are thus as large as one block. Empty sections c, d, and e are located to the right of the reference point. The empty sections c, d, and e respectively have sizes of 2, 4, and 3. In other words, the empty section c is twice as large as one block, the empty section d is four times as large as one block, and the empty section e is three times as large as one block. Assume that the size of the target data is 4 (blocks), that C=2, and that N=20 for the equations described above, i2 = min(N,]log2(req_len)[) and i1 = max([log2(req_len)]-C, 0).

In this case, i2 = min(20,]log24[)= 2, and i1 = max([log24]-2, 0)=0. Accordingly, L2, L1, and L0 are generated as follows:

  • L2: {d};
  • L1: {c, d, e}; and
  • L0: {a, b, c, d, e}.

Thereafter, Wi is determined as follows:

  • W2: {d}
  • W1: {c, d}; and
  • W0: {a, b, c, d}.

Then, Zi is determined as follows:

  • Z2: {d};
  • Z1: {c,d}, {d};and
  • Z0: {a,b,c}, {b,c,d}, {c,d}, {d}.

Thereafter, a set that can result in a minimum seek time is chosen from among the sets belonging to each of Z0 through Z2, and the chosen sets are determined as M0 through M2. Then, whichever of M0 through M2 can result in the shortest seek time is allocated to the target data.

FIG. 7 is a diagram explaining a method of allocating disc space according to another embodiment of the present invention. Referring to FIG. 7, dark portions represent portions of a disc that have already been allocated, and light portions represent empty portions of the disc yet to be allocated. Assume that portions of the disc other than those illustrated in FIG. 7 have all been allocated. Also, assume that the size of the target data is 8 blocks, that C=2, and that N=20.

In this case, i2 = min(20, ]log28[)=3 and i1 = max([log28]-2, 0)=1, L1, L2, and L3 are generated as follows:

  • L3: empty;
  • L3: empty;
  • L2: {d};and
  • L1: {d}.

Thereafter, Wi is determined as follows:

  • W3: empty;
  • W2: {d};and
  • W1: {d}.

Thereafter, Zi is determined based on Wi. The only section that can be chosen in common from W2 and W1 is an empty section d. However, since the size of the empty section d is smaller than the size of the target data, it is determined that the allocation of disc space to the target data using the first algorithm has failed. Thus, the second algorithm is executed.

Referring to FIGs. 4 and 7, none of the empty sections a, b, c, and d are larger than the size of the target data (operation 410). Thus, the empty section d, which is the largest empty section, is allocated first to part of the target data (operation 450). As a result, a portion of the target data having the size of one block remains uncovered by the allocation of the empty section d. Therefore, the end of the empty section d is set as a new reference point, and the size of the remaining portion of the target data is set as a new target data size. Thereafter, the first algorithm is executed again. In this case, i2 = min(20, ]log21[)=0 and i1 = max([log21]-2, 0)=0. Accordingly, L0 is generated as follows: L0: {a, b, c} and W0 is determined as follows: W0: {c}. Then, Z0 is determined as follows: Z0: {c}. Accordingly, the empty section c is additionally allocated to the target data. In short, according to the present embodiment, the empty sections c and d are allocated to the target data.

FIG. 8 is a diagram explaining a method of allocating disc space according to another embodiment of the present invention. The state of the disc illustrated in FIG. 8 is the same as the state of the disc illustrated in FIG. 7 except that C=3. That is, the size of the target data is 8, C=3, and N=20.

The first algorithm is executed. Since i2 = min(20, ]log28[)=3 and i1 = max([log28]-3, 0)=0, L0, L1, L2, and L3 are generated as follows:

  • L3: empty;
  • L2: {d};
  • L1: {d};and
  • L0: {a,b,c, d}.

Thereafter, Wi is determined as follows:

  • W3: empty;
  • W2: {d};
  • W1: {d};and
  • W0: {a, b, c, d}.

Then, Zi is determined as follows:

  • Z3: empty;
  • Z2: empty;
  • Z1: empty; and
  • Z0: {a, b, c, d}.

In short, according to the example embodiment, empty sections a, b, c, and d are allocated to target data.

The embodiment illustrated in FIG. 8 is different from the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 7 in that the range of i values is expanded by setting the constant C to 3 rather than to 2. Thus, the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 8 provides different disc space allocation results from the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 7. In other words, the value of the constant C affects disc space allocation results. Accordingly, it is possible to obtain optimum disc space allocation results by appropriately adjusting the value of the constant C.

FIG. 9 is a diagram explaining a method of allocating disc space according to another embodiment of the present invention. Referring to FIG. 9, assume that the size of target data is 12 blocks, that C=2, and that N=20. Referring to FIG. 9, dark portions represent portions of a disc that have already been allocated, and bright portions represent empty portions of the disc yet to be allocated. Assume that portions of the disc other than those illustrated in FIG. 9 have all been allocated.

Since i2 = min(20, ]log212[)=4 and i1 = max([log212]-2, 0)=2, L2, L3, and L4 are generated as follows:

  • L4: empty;
  • L3: {c}; and
  • L2: {c}.

Then, Wj (where i is an integer between 2 and 4) is determined as follows:

  • W4: empty;
  • W3: {c}; and
  • W2: {c}.

Thereafter, Zi is determined based on Wi and is as follows:

  • Z4: empty;
  • Z3: empty; and
  • Z2: empty.

Since the allocation of disc space to the target data through the first algorithm has failed, the second algorithm is executed. Referring to FIG. 4 and the empty sections a, b, and c illustrated in FIG. 9, the empty section c is the largest empty section. Thus, the empty section c is allocated to part of the target data first (operation 450). As a result, a portion of the target data having the size of 4 blocks remains uncovered by the allocation of the empty section c. Then, the end of the empty section c is set as a new reference point, and the size of the remaining portion of the target data (i.e., 4) is set as a new target data size. Thereafter, the first algorithm is executed again. Then, i2 = min(20, ]log24])=2, and i1 = max([log24]-2, 0)=0. Accordingly, L0, L1, and L2 are generated as follows:

  • L2: empty;
  • L1: {b};and
  • L0: {a,b}.

Then, Wi is determined as follows:

  • W2: empty;
  • W1: {b}; and
  • W0: {a,b}.

Since the size of the empty sections a and b combined is smaller than the new target data size, i.e., 4, it is determined that the first algorithm has failed. Accordingly, the second algorithm is executed again. Since the empty section c has already been allocated to the target data, the empty section b, which is the largest empty section, is allocated to the remaining portion of the target data. As a result, a portion of the target data having the size of two blocks remains uncovered by the allocation of the empty section b, and the empty section a is the only empty section left. In this case, the first algorithm is executed again. Since the size of the empty section a is smaller than the size of the remaining portion of the target data, i.e., 2, the second algorithm is executed again. As a result of the second algorithm, the empty section a is allocated to the target data. Thereafter, the first algorithm is executed again. Since no empty section remains after the allocation of the empty section a, the second algorithm is executed, and as a result, an error message is output (operation 4G0).

Aspects of the present invention can be realized as computer-readable code written on a computer-readable recording medium. The computer-readable recording medium may be any type of recording device in which data is stored in a computer-readable manner. Examples of the computer-readable recording medium include a ROM, a RAM, a CD-ROM, a magnetic tape, a floppy disc, an optical data storage, and a and a computer data signal embodied in a carrier wave including a compression source code segment and an encryption source code segment (e.g., data transmission through the Internet). The computer-readable recording medium can be distributed over a plurality of computer systems connected to a network so that computer-readable code is written thereto and executed therefrom in a decentralized manner. Functional programs, code, and code segments needed for realizing aspects of the present invention can be easily construed by one of ordinary skill in the art.

It is noted that in some alternative implementations, the functions noted in the blocks of the flowcharts described above may occur out of order. For example, two blocks shown in succession may in fact be executed substantially concurrently or the blocks may sometimes be executed in reverse order depending upon the functionality involved. More specifically, for example, according to an aspect of the present invention, the second algorithm may be executed prior to the first algorithm. Furthermore, in some alternative implementations, blocks may be omitted. For example, the first algorithm may be omitted and the second algorithm may be repeated until all of the data has an allocated disc space.

According to aspects of the present invention, it is possible to effectively allocate empty disc space in consideration of both the distances of empty disc sections to a reference point and seek time thus reducing the time taken to seek target data compared to methods of allocating disc space that only consider the distances of empty disc sections to a reference point. Aspects of the invention can be implemented using magnetic, magneto optical, and/or optical recording media for use with computers, portable computing devices, portable media players, etc.

Although a few embodiments of the present invention have been shown and described, it would be appreciated by those skilled in the art that changes may be made in this embodiment without departing from the principles of the invention, the scope of which is defined in the claims.


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A method of allocating disc space for recording data on a disc, the method comprising: determining portions of the disc space that are to be allocated to the data to be recorded in dependence on the size of the data that is to be recorded. The method as claimed in claim 1, wherein determining the portions of the disc space comprises determining portions of the disc space that are equal to or larger in size than the size of the data to be recorded. The method as claimed in claim 2, comprising allocating selected ones of the determined portions to the data, the selected portions having a smaller seek time from a predetermined reference point than the non-selected portions. The method as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, comprising: detecting one or more first sets, each comprising one or more empty sections of the disc that are larger than a corresponding predetermined reference value; detecting one or more second sets, each comprising one or more empty sections from the one or more first sets that are equal to or larger than a size of the data when combined; and allocating, to the data, an optimum set of the one or more second sets that results in a shortest seek time from a predetermined reference point. The method as claimed in claim 4, further comprising: if none of the one or more second sets are detected, allocating an empty section, to the data, that is located within a predetermined range of the reference point and is larger than the size of the data. The method as claimed in claim 5, wherein the allocating of the empty section that is located within the predetermined range comprises: allocating an empty section, from a plurality of empty sections that are within the predetermined range and larger than the size of the data, that is closest to the reference point. The method as claimed in claim 6, further comprising: if no empty section that is larger than the data and within the predetermined range of the reference point exists, allocating an empty section, to the data, that is outside of the predetermined range of the reference point and is larger than the size of the data. The method as claimed in claim 7, wherein the allocating of the empty section that is outside of the predetermined range comprises: allocating an empty section, from a plurality of empty sections that are outside of the predetermined range and larger than the size of the data, that is closest to the reference point. The method as claimed in any one of claims 5 to 8, further comprising: if no empty section that is larger than the data exists on the disc, allocating a largest empty section on the disk to a part of the data. The method as claimed in claim 9, wherein the allocating of the largest empty section comprises: setting an end of the allocated empty section as a new reference point; setting a size of a remainder of the data as a new data size; and performing the detecting of the one or more first sets, the detecting of the one or more second sets, the allocating of the optimum set, the allocating of the empty section that is located within the predetermined range, the allocating of the empty section that is outside of the predetermined range, and the allocating of the largest empty section again. The method as claimed in claim 10, wherein the detecting of the one or more first sets, the detecting of the one or more second sets, the allocating of the optimum set, the allocating of the empty section that is located within the predetermined range, the allocating of the empty section that is outside of the predetermined range, and the allocating of the largest empty section again are repeated until all of the data has the disc space allocated thereto or until no empty sections remain on the disc. The method as claimed in any one of claims 7 to 11, further comprising: outputting an error message if no empty sections remain on the disc. The method as claimed in any one of claims 4 to 12, wherein: the detecting of the one or more first sets comprises generating a set Li for each of one or more values of i (where i is the corresponding predetermined reference value and is an integer within a predetermined range), each comprising one or more empty sections that are each larger than a size of 2i blocks; and the detecting of the one or more second sets comprises: generating a set Wi for each of the one or more values of i, each comprising one or more empty sections within a predetermined distance from the predetermined reference point from among the empty sections of the corresponding set Li; and generating a second set, of the one or more second sets, Zi for each of the one or more values of i, each comprising one or more sets of consecutive empty sections zi1, zi2,..., and ziw included in the corresponding set Wi such that a size of the consecutive empty sections of each of the one or more sets is equal to or larger than the size of the data. The method as claimed in claim 13, wherein the allocating of the optimum set comprises: selecting a third set from the set Zi that results in the shortest seek time for each of the one or more values of i; selecting the optimum set from the one or more third sets that results in the shortest seek time; and allocating the one or more empty sections of the optimum set to the data, wherein 1(zi1)+1(zi2)+...+1(ziw) ≥ req_len, and 1(zi1)+1(zi2)+...+1(zi(w1)) < req_len, where x indicates an empty section, 1(x) indicates a size of the section x, and req_len indicates the size of the data. The method as claimed in claim 14, wherein i1 ≤ i ≤i2, i2 = min(N, ]log2(req_len)[), and il = max([log2(req_len)]-C, 0), where req_len indicates the size of the data, C is a constant, N=[log2(V/B)], V indicates a storage capacity of the disc, B indicates a size of blocks of a file system,][ is a mathematical operator that raises a value to a closest integer greater than an original value, and [] is a mathematical operator that lowers the value to a closest integer less than the original value. The method as claimed in claim 15, wherein: the set Wi comprises u empty sections l1, l2, l3,..., and lu that are included in the set Li and are located on a left side of the reference point and/or v empty sections r1, r2, r3, ..., and rv that are included in the set Li and are located on a right side of the reference point; and

u ≤ ]req_len/2i[, l(l1)+l(l2)+ ...l(lu) ≤req_len and (l1)+l(l2)+...l(lu_1) < req_len, or l(l1)+l(l2)+...l(lu) < req_len, v ≤ ]req_len /2i[, l(r1)+l(r2)+ ...l(rv) ≥ req_len and

l(r1)+l(r2)+...l(rv-1) < req_len, or l(r1)+l(r2)+...l(rv) < req_len, where x indicates an empty section, l(x) indicates a size of the empty section x, req_len indicates the size of the data, ][ is a mathematical operator that raises a value to a closest integer greater than an original value, and [] is a mathematical operator that lowers the value to a closest integer less than the original value.
The method as claimed in any one of claims 4 to 16, wherein the allocating of the optimum set comprises: selecting a third set from each of the one or more second sets that results in the shortest seek time; selecting the optimum set from the one or more third sets that results in the shortest seek time; and allocating the one or more empty sections of the optimum set to the data. A computer program which, when executed by a processor, is arranged to perform a method according to any one of the preceding claims. An apparatus for allocating disc space for recording data on a disc, the apparatus comprising: a first algorithm execution unit to: detect one or more first sets, each comprising one or more empty sections of the disc that are larger than a corresponding predetermined reference value; detect one or more second sets, each comprising one or more empty sections from the one or more first sets that are equal to or larger than a size of the data when combined; and executes a first algorithm to allocate, to the data, an optimum set of the one or more second sets that results in a shortest seek time from a predetermined reference point. The apparatus as claimed in claim 19, wherein the first algorithm execution unit comprises an allocator to select a third set from each of the one or more second sets that results in the shortest seek time, to select the optimum set from the one or more third sets that results in the shortest seek time, and to allocate the one or more empty sections of the optimum set to the data. The apparatus as claimed in claim 19 or 20, further comprising: a second algorithm execution unit to allocate an empty section, to the data, that is located within a predetermined range of the reference point and is larger than the size of the data if the first algorithm execution unit does not detect the one or more second sets. The apparatus as claimed in claim 21, wherein the second algorithm execution unit allocates an empty section, to the data, that is outside of the predetermined range of the reference point and is larger than the size of the data if no empty section that is larger than the data and within the predetermined range of the reference point exists. The apparatus as claimed in claim 21, wherein, the second algorithm execution unit allocates an empty section, from a plurality of empty sections that are within the predetermined range and larger than the size of that data, that is closest to the reference point. The apparatus as claimed in claim 22, wherein, the second algorithm execution unit allocates an empty section, from a plurality of empty sections that are outside of the predetermined range and larger than the size of the data, that is closest to the reference point. The apparatus as claimed in any one of claims 21 to 24, wherein the second algorithm execution unit allocates a largest empty section on the disk to a part of the data if no empty section that is larger than the data exists on the disk. The apparatus as claimed in claim 25, further comprising a control unit to, if the second algorithm execution unit allocates the largest empty section, set an end of the allocated empty section as a new reference point, set a size of a remainder of the data as a new data size, and control the first algorithm execution unit to detect the one or more first sets, detect the one or more second sets, and execute the first algorithm again and the second algorithm execution unit to allocate the empty section located within the predetermined range, allocate the empty section outside of the predetermined range, and allocate the largest empty section again. The apparatus as claimed in claim 26, wherein the control unit repeatedly controls the first algorithm execution unit to detect the one or more first sets, detect the one or more second sets, and execute the first algorithm again and the second algorithm execution unit to allocate the empty section located within the predetermined range, allocate the empty section outside of the predetermined range, and allocate the largest empty section again until all of the data has the disc space allocated thereto or until no empty sections remain on the disc. The apparatus as claimed in any one of claims 25 to 27, wherein the second algorithm execution unit outputs an error message if no empty sections remain on the disc. The apparatus as claimed in any one of claims 19 to 28, wherein the first algorithm execution unit comprises: an Li generator to generate a first set Li for each of one or more values of i (where i is an integer within a predetermined range), each comprising one or more empty sections that are each larger than a size of 2i blocks; a Wi generator to generate a set Wi for each of one or more values of i, each comprising one or more empty sections within a predetermined distance from the predetermined reference point from among the empty sections of the corresponding set Li; a Zi generator to generate a second set, of the one or more second sets, Zi for each of the one or more values of i, each comprising one or more sets of consecutive empty sections zi1, zi2,..., and ziw included in the corresponding set Wi such that a size of the consecutive empty sections of each of the one or more sets is equal to or larger than the size of the data. The apparatus as claimed in claim 29, wherein the first algorithm execution unit further comprises: a first selector to select a first selector set from the set Zi that results in the shortest seek time for each of the one or more values of i; a second selector to select the optimum set from the one or more first selector sets that results in the shortest seek time; and an allocator to allocate of the one or more empty sections of the optimum set selected to the data, wherein l(zi1)+l(zi2)+...+l(ziW) > req_len, and l(zi1)+l(zi2)+...+l(zi(W-1)) < req_len, where x indicates an empty section, 1(x) indicates a size of the section x, and req_len indicates the size of the data. The apparatus as claimed in claim 30, wherein i1≤ i ≤i2, i2 = min(N, ]log2(req_len)[), and i1 = max([log2(req_len)]-C, 0), where req_len indicates the size of the data, C is a constant, N=[log2(V/B)], V indicates a storage capacity of the disc, B indicates a size of blocks of a file system, [ is a mathematical operator that raises a value to a closest integer greater than an original value, and [] is a mathematical operator that lowers the value to a closest integer less than the original value. The apparatus as claimed in any one of claims 29 to 31, wherein: the set Wi comprises u empty sections l1, l2, l3,..., and lu that are included in the set Li and are located on a left side of the reference point and/or v empty sections r1, r2, r3, ..., and rv that are included in the set Li and are located on a right side of the reference point; and

u ≤ ]req_len/2i[, l(l1)+l(l2)+...l(lu) ≥req_len and (l1)+1(l2)+...1(lu-1) < req_len, or l(l1)+1(l2)+...l(lu) < req_len, v ≤ ]req_len /2i[, l(r,)+l(r2)+...l(rv) ≥ req_len and

l(r1) +l(r2)+...l(rv-1) < req_len, or l(r1)+l(r2)+...l(rv) < req_len, where x indicates an empty section, l(x) indicates a size of the empty section x, req_len indicates the size of the data, ][ is a mathematical operator that raises a value to a closest integer greater than an original value, and [] is a mathematical operator that lowers the value to a closest integer less than the original value.






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