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Published: 19 Oct 2012

New file systems are solving some of the biggest storage system problems, such as scaling and performance. For most of their relatively brief history, file systems have traveled below the radar, performing yeoman tasks. Nowadays, instead of being the unsung workhorses of the infrastructure, some file systems have achieved a higher profile and are home to some of the most cutting-edge innovation in data storage. The change comes from a number of startups and established companies using advances in file-system technologies to solve some large, lingering problems such as quick I/O reads and writes, file locking and synchronization, support for geographically dispersed work groups and NAS consolidation. New file systems are the underpinnings of the following storage technologies: High-performance clusters. The challenge of high-performance computing (HPC) has been to assemble hundreds or thousands of small compute nodes into an efficient, parallelized computing resource. At the core of this massive effort are file-system technologies that federate the ... Access >>>

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