[Beowulf] Considering BeeGFS for parallel file system

Alex Chekholko alex at calicolabs.com
Mon Mar 18 10:18:52 PDT 2019

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Hey Will,

I have heard good things about BeeGFS but have not yet met anyone using it.

Try it out and let us know! :)

Since you are using ZFS now, why do you want to switch?  Do you want HA?
You can do two-server active/passive ZFS HA with e.g.
https://github.com/ewwhite/zfs-ha/wiki . Do you want to scale out to many
servers?  It may be fine to just add a pile of JBODs to one system...

If you want higher performance, I don't think you will get higher
performance from the same hardware just by switching filesystems.


On Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 8:52 AM Will Dennis <wdennis at nec-labs.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I am considering using BeeGFS for a parallel file system for one (and if
> successful, more) of our clusters here. Just wanted to get folks’ opinions
> on that, and if there is any “gotchas” or better-fit solutions out there...
> The first cluster I am considering it for has ~50TB storage off a single
> ZFS server serving the data over NFS currently; looking to increase not
> only storage capacity, but also I/O speed. The cluster nodes that are
> consuming the storage have 10GbaseT interconnects, as does the ZFS server.
> As we are a smaller shop, want to keep the solution simple. BeeGFS was
> recommended to me as a good solution off another list, and wanted to get
> people’s opinions off this list.
> Thanks!
> Will
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