pWalrus: Towards Better Integration of Parallel File Systems into Cloud Storage

Workshop on Interfaces and Abstractions for Scientific Data Storage (IASDS10), co-located with IEEE Int. Conference on Cluster Computing 2010 (Cluster10), Heraklion, Greece, September 2010.

Yoshihisa Abe and Garth Gibson

School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Amazon S3-style storage is an attractive option for clouds that provides data access over HTTP/HTTPS. At the same time, parallel file systems are an essential component in privately owned clusters that enable highly scalable dataintensive computing. In this work, we take advantage of both of those storage options, and propose pWalrus, a storage service layer that integrates parallel file systems effectively into cloud storage. Essentially, it exposes the mapping between S3 objects and backing files stored in an underlying parallel file system, and allows users to selectively use the S3 interface and direct access to the files. We describe the architecture of pWalrus, and present preliminary results showing its potential to exploit the performance and scalability of parallel file systems.

KEYWORDS: high performance computing; parallel and distributed file systems; cloud computing.





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