SOURCE: Whamcloud


August 16, 2011 06:01 ET

Whamcloud Signs Multi-Year Lustre Development and Performance Contract With OpenSFS

Strong Community Vote of Confidence Comes at Whamcloud's One-Year Anniversary as a Company

DANVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 16, 2011) - Whamcloud, a venture-backed company formed from a worldwide network of high-performance computing (HPC) storage industry veterans, today announced a multi-year contract with OpenSFS, the Lustre community group in North America. The contract covers performance and namespace improvements, and an online file system checker that will maintain distributed coherency across the file system. Technical development under this contract will begin immediately and continue through 2013.

"OpenSFS is committed to supporting and extending the Lustre file system. This means helping to focus and extend Lustre development in areas deemed critical to users," said Norman Morse, President of OpenSFS. "Whamcloud has proven to be an extremely capable and enthusiastic partner and was selected for contract award after a rigorous RFP/award process. We are very pleased with this award and look forward to working with them closely."

"OpenSFS has done much to unify and focus the Lustre community over the past year," said Brent Gorda, CEO of Whamcloud. "This core development agreement speaks loudly to the collective desire to push Lustre forward for the benefit of the broader HPC community. As our business continues to grow, we are pleased to provide core development activities such as this."

The contract between OpenSFS and Whamcloud includes three components: Single Server Metadata Performance (SSMP), Distributed Name Space (DNE) and Lustre File System Checker (LFSCK). The contract is divided into clear delivery phases designed to provide incremental benefits quickly. The first delivery phase is scheduled for Spring 2012.

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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 file system releases 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 over $2 million of 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 over half of the TOP500 supercomputing sites today and is the best evolutionary technology for addressing many of the exascale issues of tomorrow.

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