In 2012 OpenSFS invested over $2 Million (US) in open source scalable file system technologies. OpenSFS has made significant investments in maintaining the canonical Lustre tree, new feature development, and testing and development infrastructure.
In continuing its mission of supporting the open scalable file system community OpenSFS has released a request for proposals (RFP) for Lustre feature development, parallel file system tools, addressing Lustre technical debt, and new efforts in parallel file system development (incubators).
Goals for this investment are to:
- Further the Lustre roadmap to meet the highest priority requirements defined by the community
- Develop production quality tools to ease administration and use of open source scalable file systems
- Address Lustre technical debt to improve the code base and documentation thereof
- Encourage new efforts in open source scalable file systems for high performance and data intensive computing to broaden the set of solutions available to the community
OpenSFS is encouraging innovative ideas and strong proposals that address one or more areas of interest detailed in the RFP. OpenSFS may fund multiple proposals as part of this RFP and encourages broad participation from the entire open source scalable file system development communities.
For those that choose not to respond to the RFP but would be interested in making this effort a success OpenSFS encourages joining the OpenSFS technical working group (http://www.opensfs.org/get-involved/technical-working-group/) and indicating your interest in moving Lustre and the broader Open Scalable File System community ahead.
Interested parties are advised to review the RFP documentation at the OpenSFS website: http://www.opensfs.org/rfp-w4570/