Introduction to Andrew File System (AFS)

This lesson presents an introduction to the Andrew File System (AFS) and the motivation behind it.

The Andrew File System“Scale and Performance in a Distributed File System” by John H. Howard, Michael L. Kazar, Sherri G. Menees, David A. Nichols, M. Satyanarayanan, Robert N. Sidebotham, Michael J. West. ACM Transactions on Computing Systems (ACM TOCS), Volume 6:1, February 1988. The long journal version of the famous AFS system, still in use in a number of places throughout the world, and also probably the earliest clear thinking on how to build distributed file systems. A wonderful combination of the science of measurement and principled engineering. was introduced at Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU)Though originally referred to as “Carnegie-Mellon University”, CMU later dropped the hyphen, and thus was born the modern form, “Carnegie Mellon University.” As AFS derived from work in the early ’80s, we refer to CMU in its original fully-hyphenated form. See hyphen-in-the-university-name for more details, if you are into really boring minutiae. in the 1980s. Led by the well-known Professor M. Satyanarayanan of Carnegie-Mellon University (“Satya” for short), the main goal of this project was simple: scale. Specifically, how can one design a distributed file system such that a server can support as many clients as possible?

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