2nd International Workshop on The Lustre Ecosystem:
Enhancing Lustre Support for Diverse Workloads

Hilton Garden Inn Baltimore/Arundel Mills
7491-A New Ridge Road
Hanover, Maryland 21076

The Lustre parallel file system has been widely adopted by high-performance computing (HPC) centers as an effective system for managing large-scale storage resources. Lustre achieves unprecedented aggregate performance by parallelizing I/O over file system clients and storage targets at extreme scales. Today, 7 out of 10 fastest supercomputers in the world use Lustre for high-performance storage. To date, Lustre development has focused on improving the performance and scalability of large-scale scientific workloads. In particular, large-scale checkpoint storage and retrieval, which is characterized by bursty I/O from coordinated parallel clients, has been the primary driver of Lustre development over the last decade. With the advent of extreme scale computing and Big Data computing, many HPC centers are seeing increased user interest in running diverse workloads that place new demands on Lustre.

In early March of 2016, the 2nd International Workshop on the Lustre Ecosystem was held in Hanover, Maryland. This workshop series is intended to help explore improvements in the performance and flexibility of Lustre for supporting diverse application workloads. The first workshop, held in March 2015, helped initiate a discussion on the open challenges associated with enhancing Lustre for diverse applications, the technological advances necessary, and the associated impacts to the Lustre ecosystem. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Using Lustre as a Shared Resource
  • Adaptability and Scalability of Lustre for Diverse Workloads
  • Resilience and Serviceability of Lustre
  • Knowledge Provenance in Lustre
  • Application-driven Lustre Benchmarking
  • Integrating Big Data Technologies with Lustre
  • Performance Monitoring Tools for Lustre

This year's workshop was the second edition, with a program that featured a day of tutorials and a day of technical paper and invited presentations, with keynote presentations leading off each day. The workshop proceedings are available here.