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Schedule: OpenAFS: cross-platform enterprise class distributed filesystem

Simon Wilkinson
Day Saturday
Room Ferrer
Start time 18:20
End time 18:35
Duration 00:15
Event type Lightning-Talk
Track Lightning Talks
Language English
Slides (PDF)
Video (Ogg/Theora)
OpenAFS: cross-platform enterprise class distributed filesystem

This talk will present a developers view of OpenAFS. It will briefly detail why OpenAFS is still a compelling filesystem for today's enterprise users, examine the challenges of maintaining an old code base across a wide range of operating systems, and discuss the opportunities that this stable base presents for future development work. In particular we'll look at my ongoing work to reintroduce disconnected operation.

OpenAFS is a cross-platform enterprise class distributed filesystem. AFS started life at Carnegie Mellon University and was then marketed as a commercial product by Transarc, and later by IBM. In 2000 IBM open-sourced the codebase, creating the OpenAFS project. OpenAFS continues to maintain and enhance this code, producing file system modules for Linux, AIX, HPUX, Irix, Solaris and Mac OS X from a common source tree. Microsoft Windows support is also provided.