Evaluation of design alternatives for a cluster file system

Murthy Devarakonda, Ajay Mohindra, Jill Simoneaux, William H. Tetzlaff

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Abstract

Based on implementation experience and measurements, this paper presents an evaluation of design alternatives to a cluster file system. The file system is targeted for IBM cluster systems, Scalable POWER parallel and AIX HACMP/6000. We considered a shared disk approach where serialized, multiple instances of a single-system file system directly access file data as disk blocks, and a shared file system approach which is the conventional method of distributing file system function between a client and a server. We conclude that the shared disk approach suffers from the difficulties of metadata serialization, poor write-sharing performance, and read throughput.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUSENIX 1995 Technical Conference Proceedings
PublisherUSENIX Association
ISBN (Electronic)1880446677, 9781880446676
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes
EventUSENIX 1995 Technical Conference - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Jan 16 1995Jan 20 1995

Publication series

NameUSENIX 1995 Technical Conference Proceedings

Conference

ConferenceUSENIX 1995 Technical Conference
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period1/16/951/20/95

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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    Devarakonda, M., Mohindra, A., Simoneaux, J., & Tetzlaff, W. H. (1995). Evaluation of design alternatives for a cluster file system. In USENIX 1995 Technical Conference Proceedings (USENIX 1995 Technical Conference Proceedings). USENIX Association.