A recent post on distributed file systems got me thinking about their use in academic environments. Found via Slashdot, the article was about Cleversafe, a distributed file system licensed under the GPL.
Libraries would be a perfect environment for distributed storage. Obviously, we always need space. We’ve got hundreds of computers which are usually under low load. And most have several gigabytes free.
All that’s needed is a server running on the public PCs that doesn’t interfere with normal use.