Silenus - a federated service-oriented approach to distributed file systems
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File storage in computer systems has to be reliable, fast, and available over the network. There are several approaches to distributed file systems, which suffer from common problems: They are either very difficult to set up and maintain (such as AFS) or have a single-point-of-failure (such as SMB, NFS). The Federated Service Oriented Computing Environment (SORCER) provides a framework for dynamic network services. It promises support for providing reliable, autonomically deployed services. Thus questions to be answered are: Can a dynamic distributed system such as SORCER provide the stability and reliability that is needed to provide a file system for metacomputing applications? Would the additional overhead lead to a severe impact in performance? Could users without computer science knowledge use such a system?