[Lustre-devel] [wc-discuss] Re: [Twg] Lustre and cross-platform portability

Alexey Lyashkov alexey_lyashkov at xyratex.com
Fri Mar 16 03:35:42 PDT 2012

Windows don't have a good OFED port so we anyway will lost a performance.
but using a full client will able to use a striping information and accept a data from a several OST's
with comparing a get a single data stream from a SMB.

Also fuse client will able to run on any OS have a FUSE porting that is any BSD, OpenSolaris, MacOS, in additional to the windows.
That is easy way to maintain a single client for many OS.

On Mar 16, 2012, at 14:11, Gregory Matthews wrote:

> On 15/03/12 19:51, Joshua Walgenbach wrote:
>> For my part, a Lustre client on Windows or OS X would be used mostly
>> for visualization of data, rather than being computed against so a
>> slower user space implementation would be more than sufficient.
>> There are a few applications that are using an SMB exported Lustre
>> filesystem for data collection, but those applications are similarly
>> low bandwidth. It would be nice to remove the SMB server in the
>> middle.
> why bother having a windows client if you lose the performance? We have
> windows based detectors and proprietary windows based analysis software
> that would definitely benefit from higher performance access to lustre
> file systems but replacing existing CIFS servers for no gain seems a bit
> pointless.
> I understand the problems that a native MS client would have, without
> buy-in from Microsoft it would be a nightmare to keep the MS tree and
> the Linux tree in sync. One possible future workaround proposed by
> Whamcloud at last years LUG is pNFS.
>> - -Josh
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