We are excited to present Alluxio 2.0 to our community. The goal of Alluxio 2.0 was to significantly enhance data accessibility with improved APIs, expand use cases supported to include active workloads as well as better metadata management and availability to support hyperscale deployments. Alluxio 2.0 Preview Release is the first major milestone on this path to Alluxio 2.0 and includes many new features.
The Alluxio POSIX API enables data engineers to access any distributed file system or cloud storage as if accessing a local file system with an added performance improvement. This reduces the effort and complexity for data engineers to run their machine learning or legacy workloads on new data storage without data migration or data duplication.
In the age of growing datasets and increased computing power, deep learning has become a popular technique for AI. Deep learning models continue to improve their performance across a variety of domains, with access to more and more data, and the processing power to train larger neural networks. This rise of deep learning advances the state-of-the-art for AI, but also exposes some challenges for the access to data and storage systems. In this article, we further describe the storage challenges for deep learning workloads and how Alluxio can help to solve them.