… And Fraunhofer

For parallel file system
This is a Press Release edited by on 2010.06.18

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The Parallel File System Team of Fraunhofer announced that their file system, FhGFS, has been chosen to power the storage of a new 800 node HPC cluster, the LOEWE-CSC at the Goethe University of Frankfurt. The system provided by ClusterVision will be one of the 100 fastest clusters in the world in Q4/2010, based on the Top500 classification. FhGFS will provide a sustained throughput of 10GB/s with 10 QDR Infiniband storage servers.

The Fraunhofer Competence Center for High Performance Computing started development of the parallel file system in 2005 to create a scalable, robust and easy to use solution that is especially dedicated to the HPC community. FhGFS is based on a very scalable distributed metadata architecture, provides native Infiniband support and comes with graphical management tools for monitoring and administration. The file system can run on a wide variety of hardware and software configurations and does not rely on specialized hardware like shared storage or specific Linux enterprise distributions.

FhGFS can be downloaded for free and is supported by Fraunhofer.

About Fraunhofer Institute ITWM in Kaiserslautern
Fraunhofer is the largest organization for applied research in Europe with research centers and offices in Europe, USA, Asia and Middle East. The majority of the 17,000 staff are qualified scientists. Fraunhofer earns most of the 1.5 billion Euro annual budget through contract research for industry and publicly financed projects.

Our Comments

FhGFS is a free alternative to other parallel file systems like Lustre with emphasis on scalability through distributed metadata management and ease of use.