Research, Development, and Education
One of the main activities of the HEC FSIO is to coordinate all goverment funded research in file systems, I/O, and storage. There are many activites that fall under this category. The participating organizations are organized as follows:
HECURA FSIO and CPA through the National Science Foundation (NSF) [link]
HECURA FSIO was an NSF solicitation for R&D in HEC file systems and I/O done in FY06. 62 proposals from over 80 universities were received. 23 projects were funded from NSF, DOE, DOD, and ePSCOR funding. The NSF program manager,
Almadena Chtchelkanova was instrumental in this very successful program.
DOE Office of Science (Labs and SciDAC Program) [link]
- Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR)
- Office of Science Labs
- SciDAC [link]
The U.S. Department of Energy's Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program was created to bring together many of the nation's top researchers to develop new computational methods for tackling some of the most challenging scientific problems.
- Under the SciDAC program there are two main activites in the FSIO area
DOE NNSA (Labs and ASC Program) [link]
Current FSIO Research at the NNSA Labs:
- Sandia National Labs
- Lawrence Livermore National Labs
- LLNL has a very large GPFS file systems on their Purple Supercomputer and a very large Lustre Deployment on Linux machines and their BG/L machine
- Los Alamos National Labs
- ASC Program: Past R&D sponsored by the Advanced Simulation and Computing [link] (formerly the ASCI program).
The DOE NNSA Advanced Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI) University Alliance program
funded university research for specific issues the ASCI program expected to encounter from about
1996 to 2006. Subsequently this work has been turned over to the HEC FSIO organization.
In the FSIO area, 3 major projects were done under the ASCI University Alliance program:
- Northwestern University
Northwestern Univeristy Center for Ultra-Scale Computing and Information Security
The project was research and development to help ASCI deal with small and unaligned I/O
patterns using middleware (MPI-IO). [link]
- University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC)
UCSC Storage Systems Research Center
The project was research into scalable object file systems, scalable metadata, and scalable security
in file systems. [link]
- University of Michigan
Michigan Center for Information Technology Integration
The project was to produce the NFSv4 Linux client and server with many HEC related features like,
compound RPCs, NFSv4 ACL's and other security features, directory delegation, server load
balancing/redirection, and parallel NFS (pNFS), which was started from this collaboration. [link]
- ASC Path Forward and Industrial Partner Program: The ASC (formerly ASCI program) has partnered with various industry partners over the past decade.