Sun, ZFS, and Lustre: Top 5 HPC Stories of 2007

This week John West, Senior Fellow, DoD HPC Modernization Program, highlights the most popular stories posted at insideHPC.com in 2007, as determined by reader page views and clicks. The surprise? Sun comes in at number three with Lustre and the acquisition of Cluster File Systems:
“A story that seemed to pique everyone’s interest this year points directly at a big pain point for those of us that run large HPC centers: filesystems. Sun and Cluster File Systems, a commercial provider of Lustre, started making news back in the summer when CFS announced that they would be welding Sun’s ZFS file system in as the back end for Lustre on all platforms, not just Sparcs. Then, early in the fall, the other shoe dropped: Sun opened up its wallet and bought CFS lock, stock, and filesystem. The potential negative impact of this acquisition was large, as Lustre is a filesystem of choice for customers on just about all the major HPC platforms. Sun pledged at the time to keep Lustre available on competing platforms, and so far has kept its word.” Full Story
For an update on Lustre at Sun, check out this video presentation by Peter Braam at the recent Sun HPC Consortium in Reno:

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FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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