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IBM opens up high-performance file system

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IBM Corp has begun licensing its General Parallel File System, GPFS, to third parties, with Linux supercomputing specialist Linux Networx Inc the first to use the high-performance file system technology.

GPFS is a shared disk cluster file system for Linux or IBM's AIX Unix operating system that currently supports IBM's eServer Cluster 1600 and eServer Cluster 1350 products as well as clusters of its pSeries, OpenPower, xSeries, and BladeCenter servers.

The technology is now being opened up to third parties in the hope that it will also be used to manage data pools in mixed vendor supercomputer environments, with Bluffdale, Utah-based Linux Networx the first to take IBM up on the offer.

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