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No Cost ZFS On Low Cost Hardware

June 14, 2011


Trever Nightingale

NERSC Senior Systems Analyst


Today's data generation rates and terabyte hard drives have led to a new breed of commodity servers that have very large filesystems. This talk looks at the implications and describes the decision to deploy ZFS under FreeBSD on NERSC servers. Included will be a look at pertinent ZFS features, configuration decisions adopted, experiences with ZFS so far, and how we are using the features ZFS brings with it to gain some new functionality that was not possible with previous filesystems.


Video Recording


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The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is the primary high-performance computing facility for scientific research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the NERSC Center serves more than 6,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in combustion, climate modeling, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. Berkeley Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. DOE Office of Science. »Learn more about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab.