Cndnsd Vrsn: 4:00PM Thursday 10/18 — Parallel NFS
The next meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users
Group (FRUUG) will be at 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 18
in the Main Seminar Room at the National Center for Atmospheric
Research (NCAR) in Boulder
More details are in Meeting Location (below).
Everyone knows that data is growing at an astronomical
rate, and that a centralized pool of storage is easier
to manage than direct-attached disk drives in every server.
There are numerous ways to scale Network File System (NFS)
storage performance and capacity, including using multiple
Network Interface Cards (NICs) in a single storage server,
increasing CPU, memory, and disk speeds, and
Parallel NFS (pNFS) offers a new way to increase both performance
and capacity of network storage systems. pNFS, a new feature in
NFS Version 4.1, decouoples metadata from data access, and allows
for data access to occur in parallel across multiple servers.
This allows for some interesting new choices in managing NFS
data, including striping it across multiple storage servers.
The high performance expected of pNFS makes it a promising
technology for High Performance Computing (HPC) applications and
enterprise datacenters as well.
Sam Falkner from Sun Microsystems will outline the emerging pNFS
standards, and the efforts underway to implement a pNFS
client and server in the OpenSolaris operating system.
Sam Falkner has worked at Sun Microsystems since April of 1992. Most of that time has been spent in file systems development, spanning CacheFS, UFS, and NFS. He is currently on the development team for Parallel NFS, which is planned for release in 2008.
This meeting will be held in the Main Seminar Room at NCAR's Mesa Lab.
The address is 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder 80303, though it's
amazingly simple to find: take Table Mesa Drive in Boulder west
until you can't go any farther. (access from US 36, Broadway, or Foothills
Parkway). For a map, visit
www.ucar.edu/org/mesalabmap.shtml. Come early to enjoy the stunning views or take a walk on the trails immediately to the west of the building.
For the meeting, come in the main entrance and sign in at the front
desk, where they will be expecting a number of us visiting.
At our last meeting, Bruce Haddon discussed the subleties of
the Unicode Standard, Version 5.0. Unicode is fascinating
because it promotes the concept of a "universal character set"
that brings into focus complex and fascinating problems
of human written communication. If you missed Bruce's talk,
his slides and his review of the standard are available in the
Announcements, presentation slides, and
writeups for past meetings are available in the FRUUG Meeting Archive.
As you may have noticed, our meeting frequency has slowed down,
but we still continue to receive review copies of books from
our publisher friends. This has caused our book cart to overflow,
so to make room for the new titles we're getting in, we're going
to give away the "old" titles that are currently on the cart.
For the next few meetings, we'll be bringing a box full of books from
the cart that we'll give away to those attending.
The range of topics these books cover include the Java programming
language, Internet security, Web technology, and software engineering.
There will be enough books that virtually everyone who attends will
be able to grab a title of interest.
Until we settle into a permanent home (and NCAR may be that home),
we'll only be bringing our new FRUUG library titles to each meeting.
Learn how you can review a book and keep it through
FRUUG Library Merit Badge program.
Our publisher friends have some exciting news: Addison Wesley
and O'Reilly (and their associated imprints) are now offering
a user group discount of 35 percent, see our
library discounts page
New books for this meeting include:
- The Apache Modules Book, from Prentice Hall
- The Linux Programmer's Toolbox, from Prentice Hall
- Extended STL, from Volume 1, Addison Wesley
- Enterprise Ajax, from Prentice Hall
- The Official Damn Small Linux Book, from Prentice Hall
- The Official Ubuntu Book, from Prentice Hall
- RailsSpace, from Addison Wesley
- Ajax Construction Kit, from Prentice Hall
- The Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers, from New Riders
You may check out books using your business card as your
library card; you must be on the membership list to check books out. Books
are due at the meeting following the one in which they are checked out.
Remember that your FRUUG membership entitles you to up to 35 percent
on your book orders from
Addison Wesley/Prentice Hall,
refer to the FRUUG Web site library page for details.