Large FOSS filesystems, was Re: [Beowulf] 512 nodes Myrinet cluster Challanges

Warren Turkal wt at
Thu May 4 12:19:23 PDT 2006

On Thursday 04 May 2006 12:16, Craig Tierney wrote:
> Why FOSS (not to start a flame war)?  What if AcmeFS was reasonably
> priced and did what you needed it to do?

Well, the one issue here is future upgradability. If you tie yourself to some 
version of a proprietary product, (a) they may not release versions that are 
compatible with whatever distro you might prefer or (b) they may not make 
upgrades available without additional costs for when you upgrade your system. 
There is also a doomsday scenario if the vendor stopped shipping the product. 
Also, they obviously won't be shipping with the kernel, which is where the 
best quality drivers tend to be shipped.

Warren Turkal, Research Associate III/Systems Administrator
Colorado State University, Dept. of Atmospheric Science

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