[lustre-discuss] Do I need Lustre?

Brett Lee brettlee.lustre at gmail.com
Fri Apr 27 18:11:21 PDT 2018

Hi Neil,

One of the considerations in using Lustre should be the I/O patterns of
your applications.  Lustre excels with large, sequential reads and writes.

Another are the costs, to include hardware, software, support, and coming
up to speed with Lustre.  These components interact.  For example, having
professional support helps with coming up to speed on Lustre. :)

Hey Michael!

On Fri, Apr 27, 2018, 12:22 PM Hebenstreit, Michael <
michael.hebenstreit at intel.com> wrote:

> You can do a simple test. Run a small sample of you application directly
> out of /dev/shm (the ram-disk). Then run it from the NFS file server. If
> you measure significant speedups your application is I/O sensitive and a
> Lustre configured with OPA or other InfiniBand solution will help.
> *From:* lustre-discuss [mailto:lustre-discuss-bounces at lists.lustre.org] *On
> Behalf Of *Thackeray, Neil L
> *Sent:* Friday, April 27, 2018 11:08 AM
> *To:* lustre-discuss at lists.lustre.org
> *Subject:* [lustre-discuss] Do I need Lustre?
> I’m new to the cluster realm, so I’m hoping for some good advice. We are
> starting up a new cluster, and I’ve noticed that lustre seems to be used
> widely in datacenters. The thing is I’m not sure the scale of our cluster
> will need it.
> We are planning a small cluster, starting with 6 -8 nodes with 2 GPUs per
> node. They will be used for Deep Learning, MRI data processing, and Matlab
> among other things. With the size of the cluster we figure that 10Gb
> networking will be sufficient. We aren’t going to allow persistent storage
> on the cluster. Users will just upload and download data. I’m mostly
> concerned about I/O speeds. I don’t know if NFS would be fast enough to
> handle the data.
> We are hoping that the cluster will grow over time. We are already talking
> about buying more nodes next fiscal year.
> Thanks.
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