Evaluation of design alternatives for a cluster file system

Murthy Devarakonda, Ajay Mohindra, Jill Simoneaux, William H. Tetzlaff

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Based on implementation experience and measurements, this paper presents an evaluation of design alternatives to a cluster file system. The file system is targeted for IBM cluster systems, Scalable POWER parallel and AIX HACMP/6000. We considered a shared disk approach where serialized, multiple instances of a single-system file system directly access file data as disk blocks, and a shared file system approach which is the conventional method of distributing file system function between a client and a server. We conclude that the shared disk approach suffers from the difficulties of metadata serialization, poor write-sharing performance, and read throughput.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUSENIX 1995 Technical Conference Proceedings
PublisherUSENIX Association
ISBN (Electronic)1880446677, 9781880446676
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes
EventUSENIX 1995 Technical Conference - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Jan 16 1995Jan 20 1995

Publication series

NameUSENIX 1995 Technical Conference Proceedings


ConferenceUSENIX 1995 Technical Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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