OpenSFS News

Come see us at ISC’14!

By jfranklin

We’re getting excited for the upcoming ISC’14, June 22-26 in Leipzig, Germany! EOFS and OpenSFS will be at Booth #820, and we would love to have you come by and talk Lustre.
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Also, don’t miss out on attending our Lustre sessions:

Wednesday, June 25
EOFS and OpenSFS Breakfast Panel
7:00-8:30am
Hall 4, CCL Congress Center Leipzig

Wednesday, June 25
EOFS/OpenSFS Booth Party
Join us from 4-6pm for beer and Lustre discussion in booth #820

Wednesday, June 25
Lustre Community BoF – Towards Exascale I/O with E10
11am-12:00pm
Hall 4, CCL Congress Center Leipzig

Drop us a line @OpenSFS to let us know if you’ll be there. We can’t wait to hear all the discussions and new ideas on the future of Lustre!

LAD’14 – Lustre Administrators and Developers Workshop

By jfranklin

September 22-23, 2014
Domaine Pommery, Reims – France

Organized by EOFS and OpenSFS in collaboration with the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne

LAD’14 will take place in Reims, France, at Domaine Pommery during two days, on September 22-23, 2014. This will be a great opportunity for worldwide Lustre administrators and developers to gather and exchange their experiences, developments, tools, good practices and more!

Reims is reachable by train from Paris downtown and CDG Airport in about 45 minutes by the TGV, France’s high speed rail line.

We are waiting for your registration and presentation proposal!

WEB PAGE
Please use the following link to keep updated on LAD’14 agenda and logistics:

http://www.eofs.org/?id=lad14

PRESENTATIONS
We are inviting community members to send proposals for presentations at this event. No proceeding is required, just an abstract of a 30-min (technical) presentation.
Please send this to lad@eofs.eu before July 25th, 2014.

Topics may include (but are not limited to): site updates or future projects, Lustre administration, monitoring and tools, Lustre feature overview, Lustre client performance (hot topic ;-), benefits of hardware evolution to Lustre (like SSD, many-cores…), comparison between Lustre and other parallel file systems (perf. and/or features), Lustre and Exascale I/O, etc.

REGISTRATION
Registration for the workshop is now open (early-bird rate):

http://lad.eofs.org/register.php

We also recommend booking your hotel in downtown Reims as soon as possible.

SOCIAL EVENT
On Monday evening, there will be a guided visit of Pommery Champagne cellars followed by a social dinner on site. A limited number of spouses can attend too (on a first-come, first-served basis). Register quickly!

SPONSORS
This event is organized thanks to the following generous sponsors:
CEA, DataDirect Networks and Intel

We expect more sponsors to be confirmed soon. Please contact stephane.thiell@cea.fr if your company wants to sponsor LAD.

For any other information, please contact lad@eofs.eu

LUG 2014 Survey Results

By jfranklin

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend LUG ‘14! A special thanks to all of our sponsors, especially Gold sponsors Cray, DDN, Intel, System Fabric Works, Warp Mechanics, and Xyratex. All the support, advice, and pats on the back were really appreciated.

The annual LUGs are truly a community effort.

We tracked quite a bit of information leading up to and during LUG and wanted to share some of that here, especially a breakdown of our LUG ’14 survey results. In general, we were extremely pleased at the range of responses and the overall very favorable results.

LUG 2014 had 196 attendees, making it our highest attended LUG to date. There were 127 OpenSFS members from 19 different companies. There were 39 speakers.

The “Most Enjoyed” aspects of LUG were:

— Networking and sharing user experiences
— In depth technical presentations
— Futures roadmap related to HPC
— Good schedule
— “LUG is just right. The Goldilocks Conference!”

The “Suggested Improvements” aspects of LUG were:

— Less vendor presentations desired
— Introductory session for new users/attendees
— Earlier availability of presentations
— Ensure readability of presentation materials
— Select hotel location in vibrant area
— Improved food selections for breakfast and availability of Coke products
— Dedicated poster session as part of LUG agenda

We were also interested in who was attending and what topics they were most interested in.

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Self-descriptions of attendees shows that Admins and Users account for over 40% with Developers at about 22%. Clearly this is an event that focuses on people who really use and understand Lustre.

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Which LUG topics are the most valuable had such a wide spread that it’s hard to come to an immediate conclusion of a main focus. Admin issues like stability, performance, security, tools and more are big. So were topics that point to where Lustre is going like the Lustre Roadmap Update and Future Parallel File Systems. LUG attendees have a wide range of interests!

Remember all 32 LUG presentations are available as PDFs and videos: http://www.opensfs.org/lug-2014-presos/

The entire event was productive and engaging, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Seeing the range of attendees and sponsors continues our excitement about the future of Lustre.

We look forward to seeing you at a coming Lustre event soon – and online!

A Special Thank You

By jfranklin

LUG 2014 was wildly successful on many different levels. Highest attendance ever, deep technical presentations and discussions, great community involvement. We owe many thanks to everyone involved, participants and organizers.

We wanted to send out a special thank you to Seagate for showing such a strong commitment to Lustre. Their announcement at LUG – intent to transfer ownership of lustre.org to the community – is great news. I think it’s truly in the spirit of the Lustre community to make sure that lustre.org is owned and run by the community.

This move shows a savvy understanding of how the Lustre open source community functions. By strengthening the community Seagate is strengthening the market and their business. Open source communities win when companies realize that their success is indelibly linked to the community.

Seagate has recently renewed their OpenSFS membership at the Promoter level which includes a board seat and deep involvement with OpenSFS on all levels. They continue to show their excitement and commitment to Lustre with concrete moves like this. This is a very positive step forward.

A very special thank you from all of us at OpenSFS.

LUG 14 Presentations Are Online

By jfranklin

PDFs of the 32 presentations at this year’s Lustre User Group meeting are now available online at opensfs.org/lug-2014-presos/.  We also have links to the videos of the sessions provided by InsideHPC.

LUG 2014 was very successful and lots of fun! Thanks to everyone for participating. We hope to see you online and at our coming Lustre events around the world.

Here’s a time lapse video of LUG 14 produced by Rich Brueckner at InsideHPC –

OpenSFS Community Representative Director Election

By jfranklin

Nominations are now being accepted for candidates to serve as the 2014 OpenSFS Community Representative Director on the http://iupatdc5.org OpenSFS Board of Directors. This position will be open from April 2014 to April 2015.

Nominations must be emailed to admin@opensfs.org before 5pm Pacific Time, Thursday, January 31, 2014.

Please take a moment to give this nomination serious consideration.  The person selected for this position is responsible for representing the OpenSFS Supporter and Adopter Participants and has a full Board seat and voting rights to carry out that responsibility.   Community participation is growing and we want to be sure all Supporters and Adopters have a strong voice in the decisions made by the OpenSFS Board.  Your Community Board Member is guided by Supporter and Adopter values as the Board makes decisions for OpenSFS including how OpenSFS Development and Support funding is spent.

We’d like to thank Tommy Minyard from Texas Advanced Computing Center for his excellent service as as the 2013 Community Representative Director.

Expectations for the community representative are:

  • attend weekly board meetings and face-to-face meetings twice a year
  • gather input on important topics from OpenSFS Adopter and Supporter participants
  • attend the LUG 2014 and 2015 conferences
  • provide routine updates on board activities to OpenSFS participants

Nominations rules/criteria are as follows:

  • Each OpenSFS Adopter and Supporter Participant is eligible to nominate one candidate for consideration as the Community Representative Director.
  • The Community Representative Director is an important role in OpenSFS, and we encourage Adopter and Supporter Participants to submit nominations.

Any individual meeting the requirements set forth in Section 6.4 of the Bylaws (as outlined below) is eligible for nomination for the upcoming term.

Nominations must be emailed to admin@opensfs.org before 5pmPacific Time, Thursday, January 31, 2014. OpenSFS will acknowledge the receipt of each nomination via return email.

As described in more detail in the OpenSFS Bylaws, within 30 days after the nomination process has been completed, a meeting of the Promoters will be held at which the Community Representative Director may be elected from among the candidates nominated.

Nominations must include:

1. The name of the Nominee.
2. The name of the employer of the Nominee.
3. The name of the Participant making the nomination and an indication of the Participant’s participation level in OpenSFS (Adopter or Supporter).

All Nominees must meet the requirements set forth in Section 6.4 of the Bylaws, which states:

“An individual serving as the Community Representative Director (A) may not be a Representative of any Promoter; (B) may be a Representative of a Supporter or Adopter and (C) must have meaningful experience in the development, marketing, implementation and/or use of software substantially similar to, or with comparable functionality to, software of the type comprising an OpenSFS Stack.”

Although the Nominee’s CV and/or other background information is not required to be submitted with the Nomination, OpenSFS may request additional information if clarification is needed regarding the individual’s ability to serve or qualifications under Section 6.4.

Thank you again for your support.  As a community let’s move forward to make 2014 the best year yet for OpenSFS and see all of you at LUG2014 in Miami from April 8-10, 2014, see http://www.opensfs.org/lug14/ for more details.

Our First Lustre Annual Report

By jfranklin

OpenSFS is releasing its inaugural Lustre Annual Report. OpenSFS commissioned Intersect360 Research to look into the state of Lustre development, adoption, and outlook. The report is segmented into three sections: Market Dynamics; The State of Lustre in 2014; and Intersect360 Research Analysis. It looks at market trends around file systems, exploring the past, present and future of Lustre in Big Data.

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The report is being presented at the Lustre User Group (LUG) meeting in Miami, FL, today, April 9, 2014, and is available online with free registration. (8 pages, PDF)

The Road to LUG 2014, and Our New Community Director

By jfranklin

A continuing series from OpenSFS describing our work and efforts surrounding Lustre.

LUG 2014

The annual Lustre User Group (LUG) meeting takes place this spring, April 8-10 in Miami, Florida. Running a tech conference takes a lot of effort. There are details around logistics, deadlines, scheduling and lots more. Then from there is the core effort to decide what the conference will cover, who will present, and what is of highest priority.

Not so simple.

So OpenSFS decided to better organize these efforts by creating an LUG committee. With meetings that began in December, the LUG committee developed a timeline for soliciting and receiving proposals, and then worked through analyzing and voting on which talks would be accepted. Based on feedback from last year’s participants, it was important to make sure that the agenda this year was not too full. A really good event reserves time for “hallway meetings” and impromptu discussions.

We had 21 slots to fill and well over double that number of high quality proposals were submitted.

The LUG committee, made up of representatives from Bull, CEA, Intel, IU, LLNL, NetApp, ORNL, Sandia and Xyratex, meets weekly to discuss LUG priorities. Since the deadline for submissions was January 31st, the bulk of the discussions were conducted in January and February, with committee members having to make hard decisions on specific topics and time slots. Weekly discussions focus on high level themes, followed by voting that was conducted through the LUG mailing list and blind “Doodle polls” to tally votes.

This year, since there were quite a few high quality submissions that would not make the cut, the LUG committee added poster sessions. These will be available throughout LUG with the presenters available to respond to questions.

The full agenda is available here: http://www.opensfs.org/lug-2014-agenda/

The Lustre User Group (LUG) 2014 takes place this spring, April 8-10 in Miami, Florida. Participation in LUG is open to all, and if you would like to attend or sponsor, please email us at admin@opensfs.org.

LUG 2014 is coming soon! We’re looking forward to seeing you there. Your support and involvement in the Lustre community is key.

Our New Community Director

In another important piece of OpenSFS news, each year OpenSFS members elect a Community Representative Director to join the board in steering OpenSFS. The term runs from March to March annually. Tommy Minyard at TACC served the past term and deserves much credit for a job well done and building a real sense of momentum. Stephen Simms, from Indiana University (IU), has been reelected. Simms was Community Representative Director from 2011-2012. In his previous term, Simms spearheaded a wide range of initiatives within OpenSFS including significant expansion of participation in the annual Lustre User Group as program chair in 2012, encouraging IU engagement in supporting OpenSFS such as hosting of the OpenSFS testbed and development of OpenSFS promotional materials. He has slid seamlessly right back into the position, instantly becoming a critical part of LUG committee planning.

A big hearty welcome back to Simms. Or, in his terms, “Rock on!”

Top 5 Reasons to Attend LUG 2014

By jfranklin

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On April 8-10th, OpenSFS is hosting the 12th Annual Lustre® User Group (LUG) Conference at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida! LUG 2014 will bring together industry leaders, end-users, developers, and vendors to talk Lustre, contribute to the community, and move the technology forward.

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should attend LUG 2014:

5 – Technical Poster Exhibition so you can digest Lustre info on your own schedule
Includes posters on Lustre challenges, configurations, data movement between Lustre and enterprise storage, file system design, and many more.

4 – Located minutes from South Beach so you can work on your tan
The venue for LUG 2014 is the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay which is located right on Biscayne Bay and just minutes from South Beach and other famous Miami attractions.

3 – Best place to hear about feature development so you can be ahead of the curve
Talks on Lustre roadmap, Lustre performance comparison and tuning, Exascale, proposed new features, Hadoop, log analysis, and much more. The full 2014 LUG agenda is now available online.

2 – First Lustre Annual Report so you can see how Lustre is doing in new markets
OpenSFS is sponsoring its first Lustre Annual Report that will examine the current status of Lustre in multiple vertical markets spanning high performance computing, Big Data, and enterprise computing markets, including the drivers and barriers for future adoption.

1 – Best event of the year to talk Lustre so you can be a true insider
Finally a place where everyone understands Lustre! In fact, they might know more than you. LUG is the best event of the year, not just for the presentations, but also for the hallway discussions and the evening get-togethers, too.

Register now to take advantage of the special early bird rate before March 17th. The early bird registration price is $525.

Be sure to check back regularly, as speakers and session highlights will also be posted over the coming weeks.  In the meantime, the LUG 2014 agenda is available online.

Register today for LUG 2014! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact admin@opensfs.org.