[Beowulf] Considering BeeGFS for parallel file system
pbisbal at pppl.gov
Mon Mar 18 09:02:03 PDT 2019
Several years ago,when I was at Rutgers, Joe Landman's company, Scalable
Informatics (RIP), was trying to sell be on BeeGFS over Lustre and GPFS.
At the time, I was not interested. Why not? BeeGFS was still relatively
new, and Lustre and GPFS had larger install bases, and therefore bigger
track records. I was the only System admin in a group with aspirations
to be the one-stop shop for a very large research institution, and to
become a national-level HPC center. As a result, I was more risk-adverse
than I normally would be. I didn't want to take a risk with a
relatively unproven system, no matter how good it's performance was. I
also wanted to use a system where there was an abundance of other sys
admins with expertise I could lean on if I needed to.
Fast forward 4-5 years, and the situation has completely changed. At
SC18, it seemed every booth was using or promoting BeeGFS, and everyone
was saying good things about it. If were in the same situation today, I
wouldn't hesitate to consider BeeGFS.
In fact, I feel bad for not giving it a closer look at the time, because
it's clear Joe and his team at his late company were on to something and
were clearly ahead of their time with promoting BeeGFS.
On 3/18/19 11:50 AM, Will Dennis wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am considering using BeeGFS for a parallel file system for one (and
> if successful, more) of our clusters here. Just wanted to get folks’
> opinions on that, and if there is any “gotchas” or better-fit
> solutions out there... The first cluster I am considering it for has
> ~50TB storage off a single ZFS server serving the data over NFS
> currently; looking to increase not only storage capacity, but also I/O
> speed. The cluster nodes that are consuming the storage have 10GbaseT
> interconnects, as does the ZFS server. As we are a smaller shop, want
> to keep the solution simple. BeeGFS was recommended to me as a good
> solution off another list, and wanted to get people’s opinions off
> this list.
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