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Linux File System 'Firestorm' Fizzles

Jun 04, 2008, 15:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Beth Pariseau)

"I was intrigued when a colleague sent me a link to an article by Henry Newman referring to a 'firestorm' touched off by some remarks he recently made in another article he wrote. The first article addressed the scalability of standalone Linux file systems vs. standalone symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) file systems such as IBM’s GPFS or Sun's ZFS. His point was that in high-performance computing environments requiring a single file system to handle large files and provide streaming performance, an SMP file system that pools CPU and memory components yields the best performance.

"Newman begins his followup piece by writing, 'My article three weeks ago on Linux file systems set off a firestorm unlike any other I've written in the decade I've been writing on storage and technology issues.' He refers later on to 'emotional responses and personal attacks' I'm no stranger to such responses myself, so it's not that I doubt they occurred, but in poking around on message boards and the various places Newman's article was syndicated I haven't been able to uncover any of that controversy in a public place..."

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