[Beowulf] Use and stabilily of Lustre in cluster context ...

Brian D. Ropers-Huilman bropers at cct.lsu.edu
Mon Dec 19 10:52:44 EST 2005


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We looked at Lustre as well as PVFS and GFS and were left wanting. In the
end I evaluated three commercial solutions and wound up picking Panasas
which I could highly recommend in an off-line conversation.

Richard Walsh said the following on 2005-12-19 09:41:
> All,
> 
> Can I get anecdotal comments on the prevalence of Lustre use on
> mid-sized clusters?
> Are people satisfied with its stability overall or are there particular
> problem issues
> to report?  What version are people running with what kernel?
> 
> I ask because we are running Lustre and are experiencing stability
> problems the result
> in system crashes during periods of intense small to moderate size file
> activity in spaces
> that already have alot of files (kernel compiles, Amanda driven backups
> of directories
> with large numbers of small files, applications which have bursts of
> intense file creation
> activity like swarms of DNA sequence analysis work).  These problems are
> intermittent
> and the idea that it is solely a Lustre problem is not certain.
> 
> We are running version 1.2 on a older 2.4.21 kernel ... perhaps this is
> problem.
> 
> Knowing what the general experiences with it are would be useful.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> rbw
> 

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