The Lustre HPC file system has another new home — and it’s the right one

The Lustre HPC file system has another new home — and it’s the right one

After years of bouncing from one company to another, the Lustre file system that is so popular in high-performance computing (HPC) has been sold yet again. This time it went to an enterprise storage vendor. Finally, it’s in the hands of a company that makes sense.

DataDirect Networks (DDN) announced it purchased the Lustre File System from Intel this week as Intel looks to pare down non-essential products. DDN got all assets and the Lustre development team, who are undoubtedly relieved. The announcement was made at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, Germany.

Lustre’s history

Lustre (which is a portmanteau of Linux and cluster) is a parallel distributed file system that supports multiple computer clusters with thousands of nodes. It started out as an academic research project and was later acquired by Sun Microsystems, which was in turn acquired by Oracle.

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