BeeGFS (also known as Fraunhofer Parallel Filesystem) is a parallel cluster file system, developed with a strong focus on performance and designed for very easy installation and management. With the constantly increasing performance of modern processors and network technologies, the size of processed data sets rapidly grows.
In order to handle this huge amount of data and to deliver it to the computing cores as fast as possible, the CC HPC has been working on the parallel file system BeeGFS for several years now. With this file system, the individual files are distributed accross multiple servers chunk by chunk and, in doing so, can be read or written in parallel.
By increasing the number of servers and disks in the system, users can simply scale performance and capacity of the file system to the level that they need, seamlessly from small clusters up to enterprise-class systems with thousands of nodes.
Therefore, BeeGFS is being used on diverse computer clusters, ranging from installations with only a few machines to several systems of the Top500 of the world's fastest supercomputers. Furthermore, the file system is a fundamental component of lots of research projects led by different research organizations and governmental institutions.
BeeGFS is open source software and free of charge. Commercial support is optionally available.