NeST: A Grid Enabled Storage Appliance

  • John Bent
  • Venkateshwaran Venkataramani
  • Nick LeRoy
  • Alain Roy
  • Joseph Stanley
  • Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau
  • Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
  • Miron Livny
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 64)

Abstract

We describe NeST, a flexible software-only storage appliance designed to meet the storage needs of the Grid. NeST has three key features that make it well-suited for deployment in a Grid environment. First, NeST provides a generic data transfer architecture that supports multiple data transfer protocols (including GridFTP and NFS), and allows for the easy addition of new protocols. Second, NeST is dynamic, adapting itself on-the-fly so that it runs effectively on a wide range of hardware and software platforms. Third, NeST is Grid-aware, implying that features that are necessary for integration into the Grid, such as storage space guarantees, mechanisms for resource and data discovery, user authentication, and quality of service, are a part of the NeST infrastructure. We include a practical discussion about building Grid tools using the NeST software.

Keywords

Grid Environment Protocol Layer Storage Appliance File Transfer Protocol Physical Storage 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Bent
    • 1
  • Venkateshwaran Venkataramani
    • 2
  • Nick LeRoy
    • 1
  • Alain Roy
    • 1
  • Joseph Stanley
    • 1
  • Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau
    • 1
  • Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
    • 1
  • Miron Livny
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonUSA
  2. 2.OracleUSA

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