If there is one thing a sysadmin has to do, its set up new software that is to be the heart of your operations. I’m talking about setting up a new file server and this time we are going with Lustre. Lustre is a clustered filesystem that allows parallel read/writes. It does this by splitting the metadata(file names, access times, permissions, etc) from the actual data(all the zeros and ones), as well as having several servers attached to some shared storage that handle all the data. Oh there is alot more to it, but basically its a kick ass system that allows for very fast read/writes and has failover capabilities. But its the end of the workday and I’m heading home. So I’ll post all the details later, and its a lot. The manual is never easy.