[Beowulf] Small files

Reuti reuti at staff.uni-marburg.de
Sun Jun 15 12:08:49 PDT 2014

Am 13.06.2014 um 15:53 schrieb Jason Riedy:

> And Skylar Thompson writes:
>> There seems to be a trend in the bioinformatics community for
>> using the filesystem as a database.
> Well, the file system *is* a hierarchical key-value store, and
> it's one that just about every program can use without special
> adapters, syntax, and/or complexity.  Users already are familiar
> with tons of tools for querying and manipulating the file system,
> etc.  And it's stupidly easy to parallelize over keys (files),
> only re-run jobs that have changed, etc. using common tools.
> I know there's some work out there on single-node file systems
> layered on fast k/v stores.  I wonder if it wouldn't be wiser to
> build a FS on a distributed k/v store for these uses...

Something uisng FUSE to present a hierarchical database as filesystem? I only found some older work about accessing an SQL database in this way.

-- Reuti

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