[Beowulf] Lustre Upgrades

James Burton jburto2 at g.clemson.edu
Tue Jul 24 19:19:43 PDT 2018

Does anyone have any experience with how BeeGFS compares to Lustre? We're
looking at both of those for our next generation HPC storage system.

Is CephFS a valid option for HPC now? Last time I played with CephFS it
wasn't ready for prime time, but that was a few years ago.

On Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 10:58 AM, Joe Landman <joe.landman at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 07/24/2018 10:31 AM, John Hearns via Beowulf wrote:
>> Forgive me for saying this, but the philosophy for software defined
>> storage such as CEPH and Gluster is that forklift style upgrades should not
>> be necessary.
>> When a storage server is to be retired the data is copied onto the new
>> server then the old one taken out of service. Well, copied is not the
>> correct word, as there are erasure-coded copies of the data. Rebalanced is
>> probaby a better word.
> This ^^
> I'd seen/helped build/benchmarked some very nice/fast CephFS based storage
> systems in $dayjob-1.  While it is a neat system, if you are focused on
> availability, scalability, and performance, its pretty hard to beat
> BeeGFS.  We'd ($dayjob-1) deployed several very large/fast file systems
> with it on our spinning rust, SSD, and NVMe units.
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James Burton
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