SOURCE: Whamcloud

November 15, 2011 13:46 ET

OpenSFS and Whamcloud Sign Lustre Community Tree Development Agreement

OpenSFS and Whamcloud to Provide Lustre Gatekeeping and Release Management

DANVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 15, 2011) - Whamcloud, a venture-backed company formed from a worldwide network of high-performance computing (HPC) storage industry veterans, announced today a wide-reaching Lustre community tree development agreement with OpenSFS, the Lustre community group in North America. The agreement ensures funding and development resources for the Lustre master codebase over the long-term.

"We've been working closely with Whamcloud on Lustre development over the past year. This deepens and broadens our commitment to Lustre and makes sure that Lustre will continue to have strong financial backing coupled with world-class engineering to move it forward," said Norman Morse, president of OpenSFS. "OpenSFS and the Lustre community are deeply committed to this important open source technology. This is really what OpenSFS is all about, providing critical services to the Lustre community through collaboration on a common vision."

"Through this agreement, OpenSFS is making a deep structural investment in the community. This partnership with Whamcloud will ensure that the Lustre tree the community depends on will be well cared for," said Stephen Simms, OpenSFS Community Board Representative. "This agreement should be taken as a clear message. Lustre is not only here to stay, Lustre's best days are still ahead."

"Lustre has really hit its stride in the marketplace this past year and being able to ensure that the open source side of the equation is fully funded is great," said Brent Gorda, CEO of Whamcloud. "Lustre is worth the investment. We're excited to be working hand in hand with OpenSFS to continue to push Lustre forward."

Ongoing Lustre development requires fully tested and qualified Lustre feature releases with the very latest code. It is anticipated that Lustre feature releases will occur roughly every six months. These are distinct from Lustre maintenance releases, which are funded by support contracts.

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About OpenSFS
Founded in 2010, OpenSFS is a non-profit California corporation focused on high-end, open-source file system technologies. The goals of the organization are to provide a forum for collaboration among entities deploying file systems on leading edge HPC systems, to communicate future requirements to open-source file system developers, and to support the release of file systems which have been designed to meet these goals. The group's initial focus is the Lustre parallel file system, which supports many of the requirements of leadership class HPC simulation environments, has a diverse development community and is open-source software.

Founded by Cray Inc., DataDirect Networks, Inc. (DDN), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), OpenSFS draws from combined funding to ensure substantial and sustained community benefit through advancing the stability, usability and scalability of sophisticated open-source file system technologies. More information can be found online at

About Whamcloud
Whamcloud, composed of HPC storage veterans and well-known Lustre experts, implements and supports Lustre solutions in HPC centers around the world. Whamcloud actively promotes the growth, stability and vendor neutrality of Lustre. Lustre is utilized in 70% of the TOP100 supercomputing sites today and is the best technology for addressing many of the exascale issues of tomorrow.

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