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Based on the File protocol workload model, the Fileserver Example is designed to mimic an in house fileserver in terms of block sizes, command ratios, and typical file sizes. There is no need to take into account access within files because most files are read/written completely rather than in portions.

Fileserver access is often very read heavy, with a medium-large file hierarchy, leading to some meta command activity. The file sizes can vary greatly from one fileserver to another depending on the type of business the fileserver is used to support. This example uses a wide distribution of sizes to simulate a mixed environment.