Is there a NFS alternative?
jonesc at hep.phy.cam.ac.uk
Thu Feb 8 09:31:51 UTC 2007
> If you actually get to the fast computer over the internet (ssh or
> something) and build something off an NFS mount from your local machine,
> then there's a good chance that the latency in reading and writing files
> on the NFS share will far outweigh the faster processor on the remote
> machine, in which case you'll be better off building from your local
> machine, even if it is slower. (disclaimer: i don't know what kind of
> connection you have to the internet).
AFS is quite good in this regard, in that it transparently maintains a
file cache on the local machine. If files don't change, they aren't
re-read from the main server. Changes are sync'ed back transparently as
I have used this very effectively in a work environment.
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