Fujitsu today announced the launch of FEFS(1), a scalable file system software package for building file systems for x86 HPC clusters in Japan.
FEFS is software for x86 HPC cluster systems that enables high-speed parallel distributed processing of very large amounts of read/write transactions from the compute nodes. The software achieves the world’s highest throughput speed of 1 TB/s from the compute nodes to the file system. In addition, it includes superior features for system scalability, high reliability for zero operational downtime, and actual operational convenience. It delivers high speeds and large-scale data processing performance increasingly demanded of file systems in accordance with performance improvements and increases in the scale of cluster systems. This in turn, contributes to improvements in overall system performance.
To meet the wide-ranging needs of customers, Fujitsu is offering file system solutions that combine its PRIMERGY x86 servers with its ETERNUS storage system and the new FEFS.
Computer-based analysis and simulation can be used to reduce costs and shorten development times. It is currently being actively used in manufacturing and many other industries. Increasingly, x86 HPC clusters, which use multiple x86 servers for parallel processing, are becoming the dominant platform used for such analyses and simulations.
With the improved performance of x86 HPC cluster systems in recent times, file systems have emerged as a source of performance bottlenecks. There is an increasing need for file systems that can deliver higher speeds and large-scale data processing capabilities.
Fujitsu’s newly-developed FEFS software enables high-speed parallel distributed processing of very large amounts of read/write transactions from the compute nodes, creating a large-scale file system with high performance and high reliability.
Fujitsu is committed to providing the best file system solutions for analysis and simulation applications and a variety of other fields.
FEFS was developed based on the Lustre(2) open source software, with proprietary feature enhancements added by Fujitsu. From x86 HPC cluster systems consisting of several dozen servers to massive systems comprised of up to a million servers, FEFS enables file systems with superior scalability, performance, reliability, and convenience to support a wide range of systems.
The main feature enhancements of FEFS are as follows.
Smallest configuration: four PRIMERGY RX300 S6 servers (with InfiniBand connection), three ETERNUS DX80 S2 storage units, and FEFS license
System Price: starting from 21,430,000JPY
Derived from Fujitsu Exabyte File System.
Open source file system software comprised of a metadata server and object storage targets. Fujitsu is a participant in the Lustre community activities and has proposed its proprietary scalability features in FEFS as a new standard.
Refers to the ability of substitute components to take over the processing tasks of failed components when a system problem occurs.
 Fair share features:
Refers to features that allocate server processing capacity in a way that is fair to each user.
A limit set on the number of files that can be created or total file data capacity for each individual file owner, group, or larger affiliation, in which usage beyond the limit is prohibited.
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Date: 17 October, 2011
Company: Fujitsu Limited
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