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[edit] AFS

Date: September 17, 2007, at 4:30 PM
Presenters: Tim Abbott (tabbott)
Location: SPECIAL ROOM: 1-190
Abstract: AFS is the distributed filesystem product used by MIT, pioneered at Carnegie Mellon University and supported and developed as a product by Transarc Corporation (now IBM Pittsburgh Labs). It offers a client-server architecture for file sharing, providing location independence, scalability, security, and transparent migration capabilities for data.

We will describe AFS, its various components and their interactions. We will talk about how AFS works, including discussion of important design and implementation details, including many useful quirks. We will say something about Ubik (the distributed database protocol), replications, the Basic OverSeer server, afs_randomMod15(), and numerous other things that you've probably actually heard of.

This talk should cover the information necessary to take you from knowing how to use AFS (fs la, fs lq) to understanding enough to debug interesting problems, and being able to administer an AFS cell without reading too much documentation.

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