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Whamcloud, Fujitsu to collaborate on Lustre development

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Fujitsu, the global IT products and services company and Whamcloud, a venture-backed company formed from a worldwide network of high-performance computing (HPC) storage industry veterans, have agreed to the principal terms of joint Lustre development.

This collaboration will include scalability and file system work for Lustre, and merging Fujitsu's Lustre enhancements into the Lustre 2.x community release.

"Lustre is a central technology in our supercomputing products, and we look forward to working closely with Whamcloud, the leader in file system software technologies, to advance performance, add features and push supercomputing capabilities to new levels," said Yuji Oinaga, head of Next Generation Technical Computing Unit at Fujitsu, the company that together with RIKEN is a joint developer of the world's fastest supercomputer, the K computer. "Fujitsu is committed to being at the forefront of supercomputing technologies."

"Working with Fujitsu is an extreme honor, and we look forward to their Lustre enhancements benefiting the entire community," said Brent Gorda, CEO of Whamcloud. "Lustre is the most widely used file system in HPC and is deployed in the most extreme computing environments. Fujitsu's rigorous quality standards are well-known and this agreement is a great vote of confidence for the future of Lustre."

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Lustre is Larry Ellision's baby.

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