Nikita is no longer the senior scientist, he went to work for a competitor before making his remarks.
You might want to look at the followups to Nikita's remarks. There was more honest disagreement about the design and significance of those phases than he portrayed. Those phases were not in the benchmark that I wrote originally, and I think a lot more work needed to be done for those phases to be properly done. It is however true that they reflect an area where reiser4 allocation policies need more work, and why we need to finish the online repacker. We should have invested more time into that aspect of the benchmark, optimized for it a bit (it is quite improvable), made it more meaningful, and put it on the website. There are so many things we need to invest more time into....
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