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Is ZFS on Linux Ready for Prime Time?

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“Sharing a common code base with other Open ZFS platforms has given ZFS on Linux the opportunity to rapidly implement features available on other Open ZFS platforms. At present, Illumos is the reference platform in the Open ZFS community and despite its ZFS driver having hundreds of features, ZoL is only behind on about 18 of them.”

Terascala Expands with a Global IT Services Provider

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Terascala announced a partnership with a global IT services and solutions provider for HPC storage appliances.

Registration Open for Lustre User Group Beijing, Oct. 15

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Registration is now open for the Lustre User Group Beijing meeting. Hosted by the Intel High Performance Data Division, LUG will take place Oct. 14 at the Regent Hotel in Beijing, China.

Looking Forward to the Future of File Systems

Henry Newman, CEO, Intstrumental

“Clearly, given the amount of code and years of investment in applications, we are not going to be able to flip the switch and presto chango have everyone run on REST systems. It is likely going to take the rest of the decade and then some to be able to switch over, but in the mean time we have a scaling issue.”

Still Time to Register for LAD’14 Lustre Administrators and Developers Workshop

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There is still time to register for the LAD’14 Lustre Administrators and Developers Workshop. The event takes place Sept 22-23, in Reims, France.

Why Cray is Backing Lustre and OpenSFS

Cory Spitz, Manager, Storage and Data Management R&D File Systems at Cray

“At Cray, we are a big user and investor in Lustre. Because Lustre is such a great fit for HPC, we deploy it with almost all of our systems. We even sell and deliver Lustre storage independent of Cray compute systems. But Lustre is not (yet) the perfect solution for distributed and parallel-I/O, so Cray invests a lot of time and resources into improving, testing, and honing it. We collaborate with the open-source Lustre community on those enhancements and development. In fact, Cray is a leader in the Lustre community through our involvement in OpenSFS.”

Is Key-Value Data Storage Coming to a File System Near You?

Jeff Layton

As an example of what you can do with key-value storage and how simple it can be, Seagate has created a new storage drive called Kinetic that you address using REST-like commands such as get, put, and delete. A simple open-source library allows you to then develop IO libraries so that applications can perform IO to/from the drives. Some object storage solutions such as Swift have already been ported to use the Kinetic drives. Ceph is also developing a version that can use Kinetic drives. Other object based storage systems such as Lustre and Gluster could theoretically use this technology as well.”

Sponsored Post: Intel Cloud Edition Available for Lustre Software

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“HPC cluster performance is often degraded because more and more data and larger files overwhelm limited hard drive capacity. But if you use Amazon Web Services (AWS), such bottlenecks may be a thing of the past. Intel, in collaboration with AWS, offers a Cloud Edition for Lustre Software that allows customers to use the power of the worlds’ most popular HPC storage system to increase scalability and performance.”

Sponsored Post: Intel Enterprise Edition Software for Lustre

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Intel Enterprise Edition Software for Lustre brings high performance storage to data-intensive applications. As a parallel file system, it lets managers reach their business goals sooner and at lower cost using the scalability of Lustre.

Case Study: Designing a High Performance Lustre Storage System

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Intel’s White Paper, “Architecting a High-Performance Storage System,” shows you the step-by-step process in the design of a Lustre file system. “Because performance is limited by the slowest component, the design methodology uses a pipeline approach to select and review each part, making sure the system requirements are met. By starting with the backend disk storage, gradually working up the pipeline to the client and employing an iterative design method, the paper show you how a Lustre file system is created.”