[lustre-discuss] Running IBM Power boxes as OSSs?

Andrew Holway andrew.holway at gmail.com
Fri Sep 1 04:48:58 PDT 2017

my 0.02¢

This question is quite interesting considering Big Blue offers the
competing GPFS filesystem on Power.  I have it on fairly good authority
that Intel bought Whamcloud in order to compete with IBM for future very
large (exascale) supercomputer installations. Power architecture is
seemingly quite formidable in the supercomputing space so having a combined
filesystems and processor architecture is very important for intel if they
want to compete in the HPC space.

I doubt that Intel, as the current guardians of Lustre would allow any
serious work on supporting a Power power port. I guess this would be a bit
of an own goal!

On 1 September 2017 at 12:24, Daniel Kidger <daniel.kidger at uk.ibm.com>

> Hi.
> This is my first posting to the list.
> I have worked off an on with Lustre since a helping set up a demo at SC02
> in Baltimore.
> A long time has passed and I now find myself at IBM.
> The question I have today is:
> Are any sites running with IBM POWER hardware for their Lustre servers
> i.e. MDS and OSSs?
> The only references I find are very old, certainly long before the
> availability of little-endian RedHat.
> And if not, what are likely to be the pain points and hurdles in building
> and running Lustre on non-x86 platforms like POWER?
> Daniel
> Daniel Kidger
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