OpenSFS is looking to donate a smallish cluster (click here for a PDF with a description of the hardware) that previously supported testing and development of the open-source parallel Lustre file system. While this is still a useful system, it’s no longer within OpenSFS’s scope to operate, so we are looking to donate it to a college or university to support activities aligned with our mission to promote innovation and adoption of open-source scalable storage technologies. There are many potential use cases for a system like this including teaching, training, professional development, software research, or production use as an HPC cluster.
The cluster is wholly owned by OpenSFS and can be transferred as an asset to the receiving campus. The cluster is currently at Indiana University at their Bloomington campus. The receiving campus will be responsible for packaging and transporting the cluster. Indiana University will remove the cluster from their data center and place it on the loading dock for packaging, un-cabling, etc. The racks are included and the cluster could be transported in those two units.
Interested colleges or universities should send a one page proposal of how they would utilize this system. The proposal must include a primary point of contact, i.e., name, email, mailing address, and phone number. The proposals will be reviewed by the OpenSFS board based on the following criteria:
● Growing the open-source community
● Researching file system and storage technologies
● Supporting traditionally underserved students and staff
Membership in OpenSFS will not be a factor in the decision. Proposals are due by midnight PST, February 9, 2018. The receiving organization will be granted a speaking slot at the upcoming LUG 2018 in Chicago at Argonne National Laboratory to describe their plan for the cluster. Two free LUG 2018 registrations will be included (transportation and housing not included). The proposals and any questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proponents of the Lustre file system, which powers many of the world’s fastest supercomputers, recently gathered last month on the Indiana University Bloomington campus for the annual Open Scalable File Systems Lustre User Group, or LUG, meeting.
LUG is the premier event for the Lustre community and brings together developers, system architects and administrators, and users from all around the world to discuss the current status and future roadmap of Lustre. 2017 has been a transitional year for OpenSFS, the organization dedicated to the success of the Lustre file system, as it moves to a user-led, nonprofit model. In fact, this year marks the first time the LUG meeting was hosted by a user institution.
I’m quite dedicated to Lustre, and am looking forward to helping it become an even more vibrant ecosystem for the global high performance computing community. Ken Rawlings, IU senior systems analyst, on his election to the OpenSFS Board
“We were honored to host LUG17 and its nearly 200 attendees, who traveled to Bloomington from 13 countries and more than 70 institutions,” said Stephen Simms, former OpenSFS president and manager of the High Performance File Systems group at Indiana University. “Everyone at IU did their best to create a successful conference with ample time to connect with colleagues, professionally and socially.”
In addition to workshops and presentations, LUG17 featured an opening reception at IU’s Cyberinfrastructure Building sponsored by DDN, an Intel-sponsored dinner and a movie showing of the 1979 film “Breaking Away” (which was filmed in Bloomington), and a pub crawl sponsored by HGST/WARP.
“LUG2017 was a smashing success, thanks to the flawless coordination between IU and OpenSFS,” said Sarp Oral, president of OpenSFS. “The event brought Lustre system architects, developers, and administrators from all around the world, and it was very well received by the attendees. As the president of OpenSFS and on behalf of the Lustre community, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and thanks to the IU staff who made this event a true success.”
OpenSFS Board elections were also held as part of LUG17. These elections concluded the re-organization and transition of OpenSFS as a Lustre user-driven organization. Newly elected OpenSFS Board members and officers include:
Sarp Oral (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) as president
Kevin Harms (Argonne National Laboratory) as vice president
Ken Rawlings (Indiana University) as secretary
Rick Wagner (Globus) as treasurer
Shawn Hall (BP) as the director at large
IU’s Ken Rawlings is a senior systems analyst in the High Performance File Systems group in the university’s Research Technologies division. In his new role as secretary of the OpenSFS board, he will be responsible for general records management including maintaining meeting documents and creating detailed reports.
“It’s an honor to be able to serve the community in this way,” said Rawlings. “I’m quite dedicated to Lustre, and am looking forward to helping it become an even more vibrant ecosystem for the global high performance computing community.”
Regular Registration will be closing May 1 for the Lustre User Group 2017 conference, May 30-June 2, 2017. There is significant savings for registering by this date. You can see the full conference agenda and register at http://opensfs.org/lug-2017/ .
You don’t want to miss this year’s conference, featuring the latest Lustre developments and special events for connecting with your colleagues – like an opening reception sponsored by DDN at IU’s Cyberinfrastructure Building, Dinner and a Movie (Breaking Away) at the historical IU Auditorium sponsored by Intel, and a pub crawl sponsored by HGST/WARP.
Registration will be capped at 200 attendees. Only a few late registrations will be accepted – and only if capacity has not been reached.
The hotel block for LUG 2017 attendees will expire soon. A few rooms are still available at the IMU, but be sure to book by the hotel reservation deadline April 25, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.
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We look forward to hosting you in Bloomington!
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The Lustre parallel file system has been widely adopted by the high-performance computing (HPC) systems as an effective mechanism for managing large-scale storage and I/O resources. Lustre is an open-source parallel file system technology and heavily used by the world’s fastest HPC systems. Lustre achieves unprecedented aggregate performance by parallelizing I/O over file system clients and storage targets at extreme scales. Large-scale checkpoint storage and retrieval, which is characterized by bursty I/O from coordinated parallel clients, has been the primary driver of Lustre development over the last decade.
With the introduction of non-volatile storage technologies, many HPC centers are seeing a proliferation of I/O layers in the end-to-end storage hierarchy that place new demands on Lustre. Effectively managing the node-local memory and these new layers is a new challenge for Lustre and requires new technologies and data management policies to be developed to effectively handle data storage and movement across the I/O stack.
In July of 2017, the 3rd International Workshop on the Lustre Ecosystem will be held in Hanover, Maryland. This workshop series is intended to help explore improvements in the performance, flexibility, and usability of Lustre for supporting diverse application workloads and diverse HPC architectures. The past workshops have helped culminate a discussion on the open challenges associated with enhancing Lustre for diverse applications and architectures, the technological advances necessary, and the associated impacts to the Lustre ecosystem. The 3rd International Lustre Ecosystems Workshop will present a series of invited talks from industry, academia, and US National Laboratories focusing on:
Lustre Node-Local Memory Management
Multilayered Lustre Storage Architectures
Data Flow in Lustre across Multiple I/O Stacks
Data Management and Handling in Lustre across Multiple I/O Stacks
Data Resiliency and Replication Mechanisms in Lustre across Multiple I/O Stacks
Data Provenance in Lustre across Multiple I/O Stacks