Formerly FhGFS ( Fraunhofer Parallel File System), BeeGFS was created by the German research organization The Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research. It is an open-source, free to use file system optimized for high performance computing. Designed from the ground up for easy installation and management, BeeGFS is used on some of the fastest computer clusters in the world, and has quickly become a leader in parallel cluster file systems.
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BeeGFS spreads user data across multiple servers utilizing file striping, allowing for an increased number of servers and hard disks in the system. Add new nodes seamlessly, easily scaling up performance and capacity to whatever level is required. Whether 10 nodes or 10 thousand nodes, the system works the same.
Ease of use
No kernel patches are required to run services, unlike many similar parallel file systems. The client service is a patchless kernel module. The server components are userspace daemons. Simple, point-and click graphical installation tools give you total power over your cluster. Add more clients and servers to a system to expand the cluster with zero down time.
Highly efficient. Multi-threaded core components. Native Infiniband Support. Built from the ground up to be scalable. Each file system node can serve either Infiniband and Ethernet (or any other TCP-enabled network) connections simultaneously and switch on-the-fly to redundant connections in case of any failure.
BeeGFS allows for additional optional metadata for file redundancy and replication. Access all of your existing data even in the case of hardware failures.
Distributed File Contents and Metadata
BeeGFS strictly avoids architectural bottle necks. Contents can be striped across multiple drives and storage servers, and file system metadata is distributed across multiple metadata servers, giving a huge performance boost to large clusters running applications where metadata is crucial.
Client and Servers on any Machine
No specific Linux distribution is required. There are no special environmental requirements. BeeGFS client and servers can even run on the same machine to boost performance for smaller clusters. It requires no dedicated file system partition – It uses existing partitions, formatted with xfs, ext4, or any of the standard Linux file systems. For larger clusters and networks, you can create several distinct BeeGFS partitions, each with different configurations to handle different kinds of workloads.
Robust, high performance concurrent access under extreme I/O loads
Any changes to a file or directory by one client are always immediately visible to other clients. Multiple clients can seamlessly read and write from the same shared file without data corruption. This is something which simple remote file systems like NFS show serious performance problems with, and can even lead to corrupt data. BeeGFS, on the other hand, was designed specifically with issues like this in mind — a common use-case for advanced HPC clusters.