[Lustre-discuss] [wc-discuss] Lustre 2.2 production experience

Andreas Dilger adilger at whamcloud.com
Thu Jun 14 18:27:14 PDT 2012

I think the stability of 2.2.0 is comparable to 2.1.0.

One issue is about the number of separate maintenance releases that can be tested. If there are many maintenance releases, then each of those branches would get correspondingly less testing time before release.

Secondly, there is a limit on the amount of time that can be spent on porting patches to each maintenance release.

This system of maintenance vs. feature releases is similar to what is done for Ubuntu "Long Term Stability" (LTS) regular releases, and Fedora vs. RHEL. While there is a desire to make each release as reliable as possible, the resources needed to maintain all of the releases for a long time would be very high.  

Cheers, Andreas

On 2012-06-14, at 17:48, "Nathan Rutman" <Nathan_Rutman at xyratex.com> wrote:

> Is there a belief that Lustre 2.2 is any less stable than Lustre 2.1.0?  IOW, are the new features introduced in 2.2 believed to introduce more risk?
> On Jun 9, 2012, at 3:20 PM, Andreas Dilger wrote:
>> I guess the new Lustre release process is similar to how Ubuntu is released. While we do our best to make each release as stable as possible, there is a different expectation for long-term updates of the feature releases and the maintenance releases. 
>> Cheers, Andreas
>> On 2012-06-09, at 16:05, Wojciech Turek <wjt27 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:
>>> Thanks for a quick reply Andreas. I slightly misunderstood the lustre
>>> release process and thought that the next stable/production version is
>>> 2.2
>>> I am then interested in the experience of people running Lustre 2.1
>>> Cheers
>>> Wojciech
>>> On 9 June 2012 21:52, Andreas Dilger <adilger at whamcloud.com> wrote:
>>>> I think you'll find that there are not yet (m)any production deployments of 2.2. There are a number of production 2.1 deployments, and this is the current maintenance stream from Whamcloud.
>>>> Cheers, Andreas
>>>> On 2012-06-09, at 14:33, Wojciech Turek <wjt27 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:
>>>>> I am building a 1.5PB storage system which will employ Lustre as the
>>>>> main file system. The storage system will be extended at the later
>>>>> stage beyond 2PB.  I am considering using Lustre 2.2 for production
>>>>> environment. This Lustre storage system will replace our older 300TB
>>>>> system which is currently running Lustre 1.8.8. I am quite happy with
>>>>> lustre 1.8.8 however for the new system Lustre 2.2 seem to be a better
>>>>> match.  The storage system will be attached to a university wide
>>>>> cluster (800 nodes), hence there will be quite a large range of
>>>>> applications using the filesystem. Could people with production
>>>>> deployments of Lustre 2.2 share their experience please?
>>>>> --
>>>>> Wojciech Turek
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