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Whamcloud White Papers, Presentations and Case Studies
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Chroma Brochure (PDF)
Covers the key features and benefits of Chroma, Whamcloud’s enterprise platform for large scale, high bandwidth storage needs. 2-page brochure.
The State of Lustre (PDF by Intersect360 Research)
Analyst presentation on HPC parallel files systems and Lustre adoption trends. 7-slides.
Whamcloud Case Study Sanger (PDF)
Case study covering the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, a Biotech/Genomics laboratory based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. In laboratories around the world, informatics teams are faced with handling an exponential increase in data volumes without similarly scaled increases in IT budgets. This case study shows how Sanger used Lustre to solve their problems. 4-pages
Whamcloud Case Study DownUnder GeoSolutions (PDF)
Case study covering DownUnder GeoSolutions, a geosciences company based in Perth, Australia. They replaced NFS with Lustre to handle scalability issues on commodity hardware clusters. 3-pages.
Lustre Parallel Directory Operations (White Paper)
The single lock functionality for an entire directory in Lustre used to limit file writes to a directory to serialized access. Whamcloud has eliminated this bottleneck by introducing a parallel locking mechanism for the entire directory. This capability, called parallel directory operations (PDO), enables multiple metadata service threads to concurrently perform lookup, create, and unlink operations on a single directory. 5-pages.
Lustre Imperative Recovery (White Paper)
Currently, in large Lustre deployments, unacceptable delays may result when clients reconnect to a storage server after a server failure. Imperative recovery is a new mechanism that reduces reconnection times during server recovery. When imperative recovery is implemented in all clients in a large Lustre cluster, recovery time is significantly reduced, resulting in less downtime and higher overall system availability. 9-pages.
Developing Lustre in the HPC Community (White Paper)
This white paper describes some of the challenges facing the Lustre community in maintaining Lustre as a production-quality file system while enhancing it to meet the demands of exascale computing. 6-pages.
Architecting a High Performance Storage System (White Paper)
Designing a large scale, high performance storage system presents significant challenges. This paper describes a step-by-step approach to designing a storage system and presents a design methodology based on an iterative approach that applies at both the component level and the overall system level. The paper includes a detailed case study in which a Lustre storage system is designed using the approach and methodology presented. 29-pages.
Introduction to Lustre (PDF)
Overview of Lustre with network topology, a support matrix, and some basic performance results. 2-page brochure.
HPC Videos and General Information
Interview: Whamcloud Gears Lustre for the Enterprise to Exascale, March 2012 (Video)
In this insideHPC interview, Whamcloud CEO Brent Gorda discusses how the company is speeding development of the Lustre open source parallel file system to span from the Enterprise to Exascale.
Introduction to Lustre, HPC Advisory Council, Switzerland Workshop, March 2011 (Video)
insideHPC interview with Whamcloud CEO Brent Gorda (Video)
What is High Performance Computing?
What is the Problem with I/O and File Systems?
File System Characteristics
The Lustre System: Philosophy, Status, and Planned Developments