February 19, 2013 Open Scalable File Systems, Inc. (OpenSFS) Livermore, CA
Congratulations to Xyratex from OpenSFS. Today Xyratex is announcing that they have acquired the Lustre trademark, owned by Oracle up to this point. Xyratex is an OpenSFS Promoter level Participant.
This acquisition gives Xyratex an excellent opportunity — in concert with other members of the Lustre community — to continue the stability needed to ensure Lustre remains a vital part of HPC going forward. This is a key goal of OpenSFS, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with Xyratex.
Cray, DDN, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory founded OpenSFS in 2010. The founding members have since been joined by Xyratex at the Board Level last year and Intel this year. The Board is completed by our community representative Board Member from Indiana University. OpenSFS is very proud of the many participants who have joined at levels other than the board level.
OpenSFS is a California non-profit, mutual benefit corporation established to guarantee the continued availability of open source file systems for the high performance computing (HPC) community. Our current focus is the Lustre file system.
Operationally, OpenSFS gathers requirements from the community for file system enhancements and support and, using membership dues, awards contracts to organizations that provide Lustre support and development. Support for OpenSFS has grown significantly over the past year as demonstrated by increased OpenSFS membership.
Quoting Steve Barber, CEO of Xyratex from the acquisition announcement issued by Xyratex:
“Lustre is a powerful open source file system, and Xyratex strongly believes that all members of the Lustre community need to continue to play a part in the evolution of the code and the benefits it delivers over the long term. We want to ensure that current Lustre customers get the best possible feature roadmap and support, and we intend to engage the entire community to advance the Lustre technology. We also appreciate Oracle’s support of Lustre, and their efforts to ensure the long-term success of the technology.”
OpenSFS will continue to work with the open source scalable file system community and with Xyratex as well as other vendors to complete the enhancements and improved support the HPC community requires. We encourage all Lustre users to join OpenSFS and work with the community to ensure continued improvements.
For more information, please see the Xyratex Press Release