VIP-FS: a virtual, parallel file system for high performance parallel and distributed computing

Michael Harry*, Juan Miguel del Rosario, Alok Choudhary

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In the past couple of years, significant progress has been made in the development of message-passing libraries for parallel and distributed computing, and in the area of high-speed networking. These advances in computing technology have also led to a tremendous increase in the amount of data being manipulated and produced by scientific and commercial application programs. Despite their popularity, message-passing libraries only provide part of the support necessary for most high performance distributed computing applications - support for high speed parallel I/O is still lacking. In this paper, we provide an overview of the conceptual design of a parallel and distributed I/O file system, the Virtual Parallel File System (VIP-FS), and describe its implementation. VIP-FS makes use of message-passing libraries to provide a parallel and distributed file system which can execute over multi-processor machines or heterogeneous network environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-164
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing - Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
EventProceedings of the IEEE 9th International Parallel Processing Symposium - Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Duration: Apr 25 1995Apr 28 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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