The Lustre global parallel file system is unmatched in speed, scalability, and availability. For a High Performance Computing environment ― or any environment where high I/O bandwidth and scaling are required ― Lustre is the recommended solution.
Whamcloud is committed to providing Lustre on Linux as the global parallel file system solution of choice. Whamcloud is developing Lustre as a multi-storage and vendor-neutral file system while offering expert professional support.
The quality of our professional support and feature development, the completeness of our solutions, and ― most important ― the satisfaction our customers are our foremost priorities.
Scalability. Extending your file system is simple ― with Lustre’s object-based storage architecture, clients and storage can be added as needed using LAN or WAN connectivity. Lustre installations can be scaled from dozens to tens-of-thousands of clients with storage capacities ranging from gigabytes to petabytes.
Speed. We know of nothing that is faster than Lustre. Lustre’s high performance is achieved through fully parallel I/O between clients and servers. Aggregate performance of up to hundreds of GB/s ― and soon, TB/s ― can be achieved.
Availability. Redundant servers and storage failover ensure that Lustre is highly available with no single point of failure.
Lustre in Use
Lustre technology powers over 60 percent of the top 100 supercomputers. Lustre is the first and foremost production-tested, object-based Linux cluster file system and is used in some of the world’s largest commercial, university, research, and government environments.
- File I/O as a percent of raw bandwidth: ~90%
- Achieved single object storage server I/O: >6 GB/sec
- Achieved single client I/O: >3 GB/sec
- Achieved aggregate I/O: 500 GB/sec
- Metadata transaction rate: 24,000 ops/sec
- Maximum file size/ maximum file system size: 2 PB / > 512 PB
- Maximum number of clients: > 26,000
Open Source, Open Standards
Whamcloud develops and maintains Lustre as open source software using open standards, including POSIX file system semantics. Lustre roadmaps, designs, and source code are all made publicly available.
Before committing to Lustre, you can download and try the open source software to determine if it is a good fit for your organization. Expert professional support for Lustre file systems is offered to anyone regardless of what hardware they are using.
Whamcloud is an active member of the European Open File System (EOFS) and Open Scalable File Systems (OpenSFS) Lustre community groups.
Heterogeneous Support with No Storage or Server Vendor Lock-In
Because Whamcloud supports open development and open systems, Lustre works with industry-standard servers, storage devices, and networks, including high performance native InfiniBand and Gigabit Ethernet. In addition to native client support, Lustre supports NFS and Samba file protocols to make data accessible across your organization.
Whamcloud has developed strong partnerships with leading HPC compute and storage vendors, such as Advanced HPC, Alces Software, Bull, DirectData Networks, EMC, Eucalyptus Systems, Hitachi Data Systems, JNET 2000, NetApp, ParTec, Penguin Computing, RAID Inc, Terascala, and Red Hat.
With so many options available, we’re sure we can satisfy your compute and storage needs.
A Generic Lustre Cluster
Customer Support. Whamcloud supports Lustre worldwide. Standard configurations as well as complex environments are supported on the servers and storage operating in your environment.
Design and Engineering. Whamcloud works with Lustre customers worldwide to scope, design, and develop custom Lustre engineering projects that improve the product for the community at large. We have years of experience successfully developing, bringing to maturity, and deploying production systems, along with supporting Lustre features.
More Lustre Experts. Whamcloud’s technical staff is made up of the top Lustre engineers and support specialists in the world. Whamcloud has, by far, the largest concentration of experienced Lustre engineers anywhere, with a depth of experience that goes back to the inception of Lustre.
For more information about Whamcloud’s Lustre support, see our Support Page.