NeST: Network Storage
Flexible Commodity Storage Appliances
NeST is software network storage appliance designed to provide
guaranteed storage allocation. These allocation units, called lots,
provide a guaranteed space for a period of time. Both the size and
duration of lots are negotiated between NeST and the user or
application. NeST lots can also be expanded in size and extended in
time (again, this is negotiated between the user / application and
NeST), and can be subdivided into a hierarchy. Expired lots are
reclaimed by NeST, allowing the space to be re-used. NeST also
provides access control lists for both lot and file access. Finally,
NeST provides multiple protocol interfaces, including its internal
'Chirp', HTTP and GSI-FTP, the latter accomplished through close collaboration
with the GridFTP team.
NeST was originally designed and developed primarily by
John Bent, at the
time a graduate student. Currently, NeST is maintained & developed
primarily by Nick
LeRoy, a staff member of the Condor Team.
For more information, a good place to start is the HPDC paper.
Please feel free also to email us
with any questions, suggestions or concerns.
2006-11-13 NeST 0.9.8 released.
Flexibility, Manageability, and Performance in a Grid Storage Appliance
Andrea C. Arpaci Dusseau,
Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau,
Proceedings of the Eleventh IEEE Symposium on High Performance Distributed Computing
Edinburgh, Scotland, July 2002.
Exploiting Gray-Box Knowledge of Buffer-Cache Management
Nathan C. Burnett,
Andrea C. Arpaci Dusseau,
Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
The 2002 USENIX Annual Technical Conference
Monterey, CA, USA, June 2002
Available as: Postscript
Gathering at the Well: Creating Communities for Grid I/O
Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau, and Miron
Proceedings of Supercomputing 2001
Denver, Colorado, November 2001
Grid Communities, November 2002
Status report, March 2002
Poster, September 2001
Overview, February 2001
Identifying Client Requirements, August 2000
Original poster, June 2000
, Released on 25-Sept-2003. This version corrects several
file and directory permission problems.
To build NeST 0.9.5, you'll need ClassAds 0.9.5.
, Released on 05-March-2004. This version fixes a number of bugs and
cleans up the logic to synchronize the user list to the grid mapfile.
NeST v0.9.7 Pre 1
, Released on 11-March-2005.
This NeST pre-release release is the first of release which contains a
great deal of reworking of the NeST code, the ultimate goal of which
is greater usability & stability.
, Released on 13-November-2006
This NeST release contains the latest stable NeST release.
Since 0.9.7, a lot of rework has been done, including the
stripping out of a lot of research code. GridFTP support is
no longer in NeST itself; rather a GridFTP DSI module is
built, so the GridFTP server itself becomes a front-end to
NeST. A great deal of work has been done to improve stability.
Two mailing lists serve the various
NeST related projects.
(archive) is a low-traffic list used solely for
announcements of software releases and bug fixes.
(archive) is for general questions and discussion
about using and applying this software.
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