OpenSFS and Whamcloud Sign Lustre Community Tree Development Agreement

Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:47pm EST

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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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