Distributed File Systems and Beowulf ?

Brian Haymore brian at chpc.utah.edu
Thu Nov 9 08:03:08 PST 2000

PVFS could be an option for you.  You can find specific info by hitting
http://www.beowulf-underground.org and searching for pvfs.  PVFS does not
do really well for small io oporations but it does offer the shared file
system you need.  Worth a look.

On Thu, 9 Nov 2000, Omar Kilani wrote:

> Hello,
> I am planning a Beowulf at the moment - it's main function will be data 
> searching, extraction and reporting, with some funky mathematics thrown in. 
> Now, the proposed application of the Beowulf requires some sort of locally 
> mirrored data on every node, as to eliminate need to open sockets or NFS (a 
> few milliseconds takes too long for it's purpose ... 325! * 6000! bits of 
> data to sort through ... basically.)
> I was wondering if anyone had success with whatever implementation of a 
> distributed file system, and if so, can tell me about it.
> I was also wondering if it was possible to do something like RAID-5 or 
> creating a network block device over the nodes, or something like that. 
> Also, can ReiserFS or some other journaling file system be used locally on 
> the nodes?
> I'm really just taking many stabs into the darkness here - any help 
> what-so-ever would be appreciated.
> There's always MOSIX ... but we are leaning towards a Beowulf at the present.
> Any advice would be great.
> Best Regards,
> Omar Kilani
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Brian D. Haymore
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Center for High Performance Computing
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