[Gluster-users] Offering a private backend Gluster volume to a public network.

John Mark Walker johnmark at redhat.com
Wed Oct 31 20:57:36 UTC 2012

Hi Matthew - did you get a response to this? Harry Mangalam from UC Irvine has been doing what sounds like similar things. I would be happy to put you guys in touch. 

Also, I guess my main question is that I don't understand why or how getting "data from sequencers and other sources living on the public network /into/ the Gluster volume" is a problem. Are you saying that, as structured now, you can't get the data into GlusterFS? Or that you can but it's not performing well? 

If your GlusterFS servers have gigE NICs on the public network, couldn't you just use the NFS server in GlusterFS? Wouldn't that also be available over the public network? 


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> We have a distributed/replicated gluster volume running on IPoIB. We
> don't yet know much about its performance in practice. The volume
> will be mounted natively to our HPC compute cluster and used for
> nextgen sequence analysis. The HPC compute cluster and the Gluster
> volume are in the same private IB network.

> The problem is, we need a way to get data from sequencers and other
> sources living on the public network /into/ the Gluster volume. The
> Gluster bricks have gigE NICs on the public side in addition to the
> Infiniband connections. My first thought is to have each Gluster
> brick also act as a Gluster client, mount its own volume, then
> re-export the mount point by NFS or CIFS to the public network.
> Alternatively, I could set up some number of servers that are /not/
> Gluster bricks, but are Gluster clients, and those servers would
> have IB and GigE -- then have those servers re-export the mounted
> Gluster volumes by NFS or CIFS. Neither of these models seems
> terribly efficient, but getting data into the volume won't be as
> intense and running analysis software against the volume.

> 1. Has anyone done this (or something similar)?
> 2. Did it work acceptably?
> 3. Does anyone have a better solution?

> (There is an article in which there is a suggestion that Gluster
> volumes be accessible by multiple addresses natively, but it's not
> implemented anywhere as far as I know.)

> Matt

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> Matt Temple
> Director, Research Computing
> Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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