The Logistical File System: A Network File System Designed for Scalable Resource Sharing

Micah Beck, Terry Moore and James S. Plank,

Technical Report UT-CS-00-468, University of Tennessee, August, 2001.

This was presented in the 2nd International Workshop on Grid Computing. See this link for the full citation and paper text.

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The dichotomy between the exposed and encapsulated approaches to computer systems architectures is well known in contexts such as the processor design (RISC vs. CISC) and layered network service stacks. In this paper we examine how this basic choice of approaches arises in the design of the Internet Backplane Protocol, a network storage service, and as an issue in Grid architecture more generally.