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Project ID: 377
Author: Sowmya Mittakanti
Project Title: Forensics Analysis of the Lustre File System
Semester: 3 2011
Committe Chair: Dr. Mario Garcia
Committee Member 1: Dr. John Fernandez
Committee Member 2: Dr. Hongyu Guo
Project Description: Lustre is a GNU General Public licensed, open-source distributed parallel file system designed, developed and maintained by Sun Microsystems Inc. [7]. The Lustre file system is scalable, secure, robust, and a highly available cluster file system that addresses file I/O needs, such as low latency and extreme performance of large computing clusters. Lustre presents a POSIX interface to its clients with parallel access capabilities to the shared file objects. The Lustre File system is an object-storage model [7]. It provides several abstractions designed to improve both performance and scalability. Lustre technology treats files as objects that are located through Metadata Servers (MDS). File data is stored on the objects of the OSSs[2][4]. The MDS directs actual file I/O requests from Lustre clients to OSSs, which manage the storage that is physically, located on underlying storage devices [1]. Once the MDS identifies the storage location of a file, the entire subsequent file I/O is performed directly between the client and the OSSs. This project involves forensic examination of Lustre File System. This project plan includes four steps: Installation of Lustre File System, Configuration of Lustre File System, Installation of Forensic Tools design and implementation of test cases.
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