In addition to discussing group organization and logistics, Ann Black-Ziegelbein of the University of Iowa gave a talk about their experiences with setting up a large Galaxy instance and their thorough benchmarking experiments with different storage architectures. To summarize, they initially started with Lustre on HP MSA 2312sa P2000 G2 hardware, which failed badly. The Iowa team then benchmarked ZFS, Gluster, and a reconfigured Lustre using several network technologies. Currently gluster is the top performer and failover scenarios are being evaluated at Iowa.
The group decided to have calls every other month, with the next on in September. We will also have a GalaxyCzars breakout session at GCC2012. This first call had over 25 participants (dare I say czars?).
Many, many thanks to Ann Black-Ziegelbein for getting the group off to a great start.