OpenSFS Reinvents Itself with a Focus on Lustre Users

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Steve Simms

Steve Simms, OpenSFS President and Manager of High Performance File Systems at Indiana University

Today OpenSFS, the nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of the Lustre file system, announced organizational changes to give its users—the researchers and scientists who use Lustre every day—more of a say in how OpenSFS moves forward.

Now the time has come for those who rely most on Lustre—its users—to guide OpenSFS into the future,” said Stephen Simms, OpenSFS president and manager, high performance file systems at Indiana University. Lustre is the file system of choice for the majority of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, helping researchers extract knowledge from data to drive discovery around the world.

One of the first changes affects the OpenSFS board. In late October 2016, a new interim board consisting of users representing academia, business and the US DOE national laboratories was installed and officers were elected.

OpenSFS Boad Members include:

  • Stephen Simms, Indiana University, President
  • Sarp Oral, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vice President
  • Rick Wagner, Globus, Secretary
  • Steve Monk, Sandia National Laboratory, Treasurer
  • Shawn Hall, BP, Director-at-Large

This board will remain in place until an election at next year’s Lustre User Group meeting, May 30 to June 2, 2017, in Bloomington, Indiana.

“OpenSFS has reinvented itself as an organization primarily focused on the needs of Lustre users,” said Simms. “The ramifications of this change is that the organization will be guided by the needs of its users with support from vendors. We encourage both users and vendors to join and participate.”

Other changes include:

  • A revamped dues structure to encourage wider participation. Members can join for $1,000, and Lustre vendors can join for $5,000.
  • Elected leadership
  • A user-run Lustre User Group meeting
  • Opportunities to participate in a requirements gathering exercise connecting our members with vendors.

OpenSFS has accomplished many great things since its inception, providing leadership, labor and capital that have improved Lustre and ensured its place in the HPC ecosystem. Now the time has come for those who rely most on Lustre—its users—to guide OpenSFS into the future,” said Simms.

If you are interested in joining OpenSFS or have questions, please visit: or send an email to

SC16OpenSFS will also be attending SC16. Please visit for more information on the OpenSFS event schedule and opportunities to meet.

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