Panel: High Performance NFS -- Facts & Fictions

held in conjunction with
Supercomputing '06

Session Chair: Garth Gibson, CMU

Thursday, Nov 16, 2006
Tampa, Florida

SC06 Panel Web Page


Lately you may have begun hearing about High Performance NFS offerings and standards. But we all "know" NFS is not scalable. So what does High Performance NFS mean? FPGA implementation of parts of the file system? Really big caches? RDMA embedded in the RPC mechanism? Multiple filers exporting the same files? Delegations for file layout enabling clients to directly access storage devices/servers in parallel? This panel will address this question with enough opinions to ensure that attendees learn much more about the alternatives and strategies without being able to say it is just one thing. Yet.


Garth Gibson, Mike Kazar, Paul Rutherford, Michael Callahan, Raju Bopardikar, Uday Gupta,
Peter Honeyman, Roger Haskin

Panelist Presentations:

  • Garth Gibson, Panasas / Carnegie Mellon University – Panel on High
    Performance NFS: Fact or Fiction

    PDF [1.8M]
  • Mike Kazar, Network Appliance – Data ONTAP GX: Solutions for
    High Performance Technical Computing

    PDF [390K]
  • Paul Rutherford, Isilon Systems – High Performance NFS
    PDF [545K]
  • Michael Callahan, PolyServe – The PolyServe NAS Cluster Architecture
    PDF [165K]
  • Raju Bopardikar, Crosswalk, Inc. – Truly Scalable NFS
    PDF [245K]
  • Uday Gupta, EMC – MPFSi for High Performance NFS
    PDF [1.1M]
  • Peter Honeyman, U. Michigan/CITI – Enabling Parallelism in NFSv4
    PDF [760K]
  • Roger Haskin, IBM Almaden – High Performance NFS
    PDF [755K]

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Petascale Data Storage Workshop

Session Chair: Garth Gibson, CMU
PDSW Workshop Web Page | SC06 Workshop Web Page

High Performance NFS: Facts and Fictions
Session Chair: Garth Gibson, CMU
PDSW Panel Web Page | SC06 Panel Web Page

HPC Storage Systems of 2020
Session Chair: William Kramer, LBNL, NERSC
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