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OSWeekly: Unleashing Google File System: An Overview

May 31, 2006, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Puru Govind)

[ Thanks to Navrat for this link. ]

"I had a course on distributed system in my Engineering curriculum, and I was really fascinated with the way people use this technology for work. As my interest grew in this field, I started to read a lot on this. As a result, while browsing a few pages, I found a link to Google File System. Honestly, it didn't make any sense to me. Where would Google deploy this proprietary file system? Or is Google planning to have an operating system? I decided to have a look at it nonetheless and here's a quick overview of my findings.

"GFS (Google File System) is a distributed file system. A Distributed File System is one that supports sharing of files and resources, which are stored persistently over the network. GFS is implemented by Sanjay Ghemawat, Howard Gobioff, and Shun-Tak Leung..."

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