Need comments about cluster file systems

Rob Ross rross at
Sun Nov 17 11:36:08 PST 2002

I think that it's great that you've gotten substantial support to create a
production-level, open source cluster file system, and I look forward
to seeing it in operation in the upcoming months.

Competition and choices in this important area of system software can do
nothing but help the community.



On Fri, 15 Nov 2002, Peter Braam wrote:

> Hello everyone, 
> I thought that two solely factual statements about InterMezzo and
> Lustre might help people.
> InterMezzo is not yet finished:
>     I agree with that. Nobody gave us enough contract money to finish
>     it. However, the kernel code is stable and there are at least two
>     shipping products based on InterMezzo. InterMezzo seems very
>     unsuitable for HPC environments, except possibly for managing
>     software deployment.  If opportunities arise we will take
>     InterMezzo further.
> Lustre:
>     Lustre has attracted enough funding for us to work on it for
>     several years.  The ASCI PathForward contract awarded to Lustre is
>     a substantial part of this. The 1.0 release will happen during the
>     next 6 months and is slated to be running on LLNL MCR's cluster,
>     the PNNL Linux cluster a few other sites during the next few
>     months. Lustre will remain open source and is currently actively
>     being tested on half of Livermore's MCR cluster.  Lustre can
>     exploit local disks, as well as remote storage and runs over
>     multiple networks.
> - Peter J. Braam -
> Cluster File Systems, Inc. 
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