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High-Performance File System Deployments Made Simple, Quick, and Easy

Pinkesh Valdria
Principal Solutions Architect

High-performance file systems support workloads that require the ability to read and write data at high throughput rates. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure high-performance computing (HPC) file systems (HFS), available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace, make it easy to deploy various industry leading high-performance file servers. In as little as three clicks, customers have a file server up and running at petabyte scale with double digit gigabyte throughput.

Simple, Quick, and Easy Deployment

Get up and running quickly and easily, with just a few clicks to deploy standard configurations of the following file systems:

  • BeeGFS

  • Lustre

  • GlusterFS

The HFS deployment workflow is designed with a focus on customers. It begins with the customer selecting the specific file system to deploy, the file system type (scratch or persistent), workload type (small, mixed, or large files), and file system sizing (number of file servers and storage capacity). HFS then applies best practice automation to reduce complexity and shorten the time to deployment.

For example, when building a scratch file system, it selects local NVMe storage. Similarly, for mixed or small file workloads, it customizes metadata. File systems can be up and running in under 15 minutes.

A screenshot of the HFS filesystem configuration screen.
Figure 1: HFS Deployment Flow

The HFS deployment workflow allows you to customize the following features. They have default values, so they’re optional to change, and some aren’t displayed, if they’re not applicable. (For example, for GlusterFS, there are no separate metadata servers.)

  • Create a virtual cloud network (VCN) or subnets or use existing VCN or subnets

  • Storage server Compute shape

  • Number of storage servers

  • Number of storage disks (Block Volume Storage)

  • Storage disk performance tier (high, balanced, lower cost)

  • Storage disk capacity and size

  • Metadata server Compute shape

  • Number of metadata servers

  • Number of metadata disks (Block Volume Storage)

  • Metadata storage disk capacity and size

  • Provision client nodes to mount file system

  • Client Compute shape

  • Number of client nodes

Highly Customized Deployment

If you need maximum configurability for complex deployment, we offer Oracle Cloud Marketplace Stacks, a web-based graphical user interface (GUI), and Terraform-based Oracle quick-start deployment templates on GitHub for these file systems.

Oracle Cloud Marketplace Stacks (web GUI)

Terraform Templates

HPC File Systems Feature Comparison

The following table compares common file system features of HPC parallel file systems on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Features and
File System
BeeGFS GlusterFS IBM Spectrum
Lustre Quobyte
License type Open source
and commercial
Open source Commercial Open source Commercial
Scaling (storage
and performance)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Replication Yes* Yes Yes No Yes
High availability Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Storage tiering Yes* No
Yes Yes Yes
POSIX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NFS support v4 v3, v4 v3, v4 v3, v4 v3, v4
message block (SMB)
Yes Yes Yes No Yes
RDMA support Yes No Yes (erasure
No No
File system
Integrator &
Community System
integrator and community
integrator and community
HFS, Oracle
Quick Start
HFS, Oracle
Quick Start
Quick Start
HFS and Oracle
Quick Start
Quick Start

*Enterprise feature, available in commercially licensed software. Open source edition includes all enterprise features for non-production evaluation and use.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Blogs on File Systems

To learn more about user-managed file system solutions on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and their performance, refer to the following blogs:

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