Panasas Co-Founder and Chief Scientist Garth Gibson writes that Intel’s acquisition of Whamcloud casts doubt on Lustre’s potential future as an enterprise file system.
The Whamcloud acquisition highlights one of the major challenges with the open source Lustre file system. Without sufficient contributors to the Lustre code base – such as we see with pNFS and Linux – the progression of the file system is highly influenced by who controls the engineering contribution. With Intel’s focus on exascale it is unlikely that major effort will be spent building in the ease-of-use, enterprise availability and ongoing maintenance and support that is essential for commercial HPC.
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