Lustre Ain’t the Cluster

A simple way to remedy this nonsensical issue is to provide a tour for anyone that will take it that ever utters the phrase “Lustre Cluster” when referring to either Lustre or the Cluster separately.

Quick little story for those of you out there that have a hard time getting your users to not consider your HPC server cluster and the file system Lustre confused as being one in the same. At my place of business (Radio Astronomy), we have a smaller quaint server cluster that utilizes MOAB for scheduling. We have multiple Lustre environments (one scratch, one permanent) where all the data gets processed and stored for later use. How is it processed? On the cluster of course!

For some reason this leads to a great deal of confusion for some folks. A simple way to remedy this nonsensical issue is to provide a tour for anyone that will take it that ever utters the phrase “Lustre Cluster” when referring to either Lustre or the Cluster separately. If that doesn’t work, politely yet firmly remind them that this isn’t their wheel house and start calling black holes and super novas something like “black novas or super holes” to really drive the point home whenever they start talking about something they love and understand. You may have to modify that to fit your field of study, but you get what I’m saying.

All in all, this is a tongue in cheek post to start the blog off, but for real, if anyone from my place of business reads this and doesn’t see the satire in it, email me so we can have a nice sit down chat and tour of the computer room at your earliest convenience.