Fujitsu pushes for HPC storage with FEFS launch

Fujitsu has today announced its latest product for high-performance computing users: a cluster file-system called FEFS which scales to a whopping eight exabytes.

FEFS - the Fujitsu Exabyte File System - is the company's latest offering for the high-performance and supercomputing crowds, designed to offer x86 clusters a parallel distributed storage infrastructure capable of pushing an impressive 1TB/s of data.

Based on the popular Lustre open source cluster file system, Fujitsu's FEFS adds a range of proprietary enhancements that enable it to sale up to around eight exabytes in a single clustered file system, support for up to a million individual servers, improve speed for metadata management to around one to three times that of Lustre, and add 'fair share' features to prevent a single user processor from monopolising the IO resources.

With Fujitsu claiming a throughput from the compute nodes to the storage system of 1TB/s, it's looking like FEFS could prove a winner with the HPC crowd. Having a Top500-winning supercomputer is one thing: being able to store the vast quantities of data the system churns out is something else entirely.

Sadly, Fujitsu isn't planning to push its Lustre enhancements back into the open source project. Instead, it's making the improved file system a proprietary product.

In other words: if you want to get your hands on FEFS, you'll have to pay. Fujitsu has announced that it will be supplying FEFS as a part of its HPC offering which combines Primergy x86 servers with the Eternus storage system.

With the smallest cluster you can buy coming in at four Primergy RX300 S6 serviers, three Eternus DX80 S2 storage units, plus the cost of the FEFS licence, buyers can expect to shell out a minimum of £177,225 to get a chance of playing with FEFS - and if you want to hit the 1TB/s high, expect to buy another 9,997 Eternus storage units.