James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Mon Jan 16 18:13:35 PST 2006
At 05:03 PM 1/16/2006, Joe Landman wrote:
>Craig Tierney wrote:
>>Mike Davis wrote:
>>>geeks out there, what happens when a folder has 50,000 files in it. Can
>>>you say SLOOOOOOOOOWWWW?
>>First, pick the right filesystem.
>>Second, rewrite your code so you don't have 50k+ files in one directory.
>>There must be some straightforward way to solve the problem if
>>you have too many files in one directory.
>Lots of the informatics codes were not written with such input (or
>database) scaling in mind. For them, 10-100 files in a directory isn't
>much of a problem. Its when you start to scale up that the bugs and
I think that unforeseen scaling problems are probably the single biggest
challenge with HPC. If it's not the plethora of files, or crippling
interprocessor comm needs, it's something like timing races and implied
barriers (in a brute force master doling out identical work packets to all
the slaces.. they all finish at the same time).
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