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Twin-tailed fail-over for fileservers maintaining full performance in the presence of a failure

United States Patent

February 12, 2008
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A method for maintaining full performance of a file system in the presence of a failure is provided. The file system having N storage devices, where N is an integer greater than zero and N primary file servers where each file server is operatively connected to a corresponding storage device for accessing files therein. The file system further having a secondary file server operatively connected to at least one of the N storage devices. The method including: switching the connection of one of the N storage devices to the secondary file server upon a failure of one of the N primary file servers; and switching the connections of one or more of the remaining storage devices to a primary file server other than the failed file server as necessary so as to prevent a loss in performance and to provide each storage device with an operating file server.
Coteus; Paul W. (Yorktown Heights, NY), Gara; Alan G. (Mount Kisco, NY), Giampapa; Mark E. (Irvington, NY), Heidelberger; Philip (Cortlandt Manor, NY), Steinmacher-Burow; Burkhard D. (Mount Kisco, NY)
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
10/ 468,990
February 25, 2002
This invention was made with Government support under subcontract number B517552 under prime contract number W-7405-ENG-48 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.