GFS: The Global File System
GFS Workshop

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Workshop Title:GFS and High Performance Networked Storage in Linux
Dates:March 5 - 6 1999 (Friday / Saturday)
Times:09:00 - 18:00 (Friday)
08:00 - 18:30 (Saturday)
Location:NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field
Building 258
Room 127
Sponsored by:NASA Mass Storage Systems Group, NASA Ames
Parallel Computer System laboratory, University of Minnesota
Silicon Valley Linux User Group
Who should attend:Vendors, users and researchers interested in building high performance input/output and storage systems using open source operating systems, including Linux
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Workshop Description

Open source operating systems like Linux and BSD are gaining increasing importance. At the same time, new interfaces like Fibre Channel and new storage appliances are making storage systems increasingly network-oriented. Open systems for network attached storage require that the file system be non-proprietary.

An open, published file system metadata standard that operates across multiple platforms and exploits network attached storage is needed. Given the application demands and torrent of new network storage technologies and devices that are coming, we may not be able to rely on vendors to meet all our needs in the file systems they build. Like the Internet, open source UNIX has the potential to encourage the adoption of simple, open protocols in storage networking.

On day 1 of this workshop we describe the Global File System, an open source shared disk file system for storage area networks. The current state of GFS will be reviewed and its future development outlined. This workshop will provide a review of GFS design decisions by the technical community, which will help improve and extend GFS and make it easier for others to get involved. Day 2 will provide an open forum for developers, researchers, and users to discuss high performance IO and storage system design in Linux.

The Linux World Expo is being held preceeding this workshop, March 1-4 in the San Jose Convention Center. For more information on the Linux World Expo see




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