November 24, 2010 – Since Oracle acquired Sun, there has been uncertainty surrounding the fate of the Lustre file system, which is used primarily in high performance computing (HPC) environments. But at last week’s Supercomputing 2010 conference, Oracle reaffirmed its commitment to the high-end file system.
“We have an unwavering commitment to Lustre and its [open source] community, as well as the high performance computing market,” says Jason Schaffer, Oracle’s senior director of product management for storage. Schaffer adds that although Lustre is used primarily in the scientific and academic communities, there are also plenty of potential commercial environments where Lustre can or will fit, citing the oil and gas, media and entertainments markets.
Based on Linux, Lustre is maintained by Oracle with input from the open source community. It uses a massively parallel architecture that provides significantly more performance than traditional file systems. According to Schaffer, Lustre can scale to tens of petabytes, hundreds of GB per second, and thousands of clients.
Read the full article by Drew Robb on Enterprise Storage Forum: “Oracle Says it Isn’t Losing its Lustre”
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