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DAOS Foundation Launches to Broaden Governance and Development of the Distributed Asynchronous Object Storage Project

Industry leaders come together to endorse record-setting open-source DAOS storage software to accelerate nextgen HPC and AI/ML workloads

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 9, 2023 - The Linux Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the DAOS Foundation, an initiative aimed at advancing the governance and development of the Distributed Asynchronous Object Storage (DAOS) project. Featuring broad support from founding members Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Enakta Labs, Google Cloud, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and Intel, this significant milestone represents a major step toward accelerating next-generation High Performance Computing (HPC), and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML), with unprecedented performance.

The Distributed Asynchronous Object Storage (DAOS) is a high performance open source storage system that has redefined performance for a wide spectrum of HPC and AI workloads. DAOS has achieved this feat through the creation of a fully distributed key-value storage architecture that successfully mitigates the data and metadata bottlenecks commonly associated with traditional POSIX-based HPC storage systems. By harnessing the power of commodity hardware, DAOS optimizes both performance and cost, supporting file, block and object semantics and a diverse range of application interfaces, including TensorFlow, HDF5 and MPI-IO. Advanced features such as data protection with self-healing, end-to-end data integrity, and fine-grained access control have made DAOS an industry leader.

Starting in 2012, Intel Corporation has been a key contributor to DAOS source code, which has since grown into an established open source community spanning various hardware and software on-prem and cloud vendors. To provide a broader governance to the project and to foster future development and growth, the DAOS Foundation has launched as a project under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation. This will ensure the continuous development of DAOS as an open source project and will enable other participants to engage in architectural and development decisions. Intel Corporation will donate the DAOS source code to the DAOS Foundation and will remain one of the main contributors to the future development of the project.

The DAOS Foundation is open to anyone willing to contribute to the project. The Foundation offers Premier, General, and Associate membership levels, each providing a different level of participation in governing board and technical working groups.

To learn more about the DAOS project, visit its website and github. To learn more about the DAOS Foundation, refer to the DAOS Foundation Charter. You can also read the full LF Press Release.


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