dCache is a system for storing and retrieving huge amounts of data, distributed among a large number of heterogeneous server nodes, under a single virtual filesystem tree with a variety of standard access methods. Depending on the Persistency Model, dCache provides methods for exchanging data with backend (tertiary) Storage Systems as well as space management, pool attraction, dataset replication, hot spot determination and recovery from disk or node failures. Connected to a tertiary storage system, the cache simulates unlimited direct access storage space. Data exchanges to and from the underlying HSM are performed automatically and invisibly to the user. Beside HEP specific protocols, data in dCache can be accessed via NFSv4.1 (pNFS), FTP as well as through WebDav.


dCache is a joined effort between Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Nordic DataGrid Facility.


The project is licensed under AGPL v3. Some parts licensed under BSD and LGPL. See the source code for details.

####For more info, check official dCache.ORG web page.####

Getting Started

The file BUILDING.md describes how to compile dCache code and build various packages.

The file also describes how to create the system-test deployment, which provides a quick and easy way to get a working dCache. Running system-test requires no special privileges and all the generated files reside within the code-base.

How to contribute

dCache uses the linux kernel model where git is not only source repository, but also the way to track contributions and copyrights.

Each submitted patch must have a “Signed-off-by” line. Patches without this line will not be accepted.

The sign-off is a simple line at the end of the explanation for the patch, which certifies that you wrote it or otherwise have the right to pass it on as an open-source patch. The rules are pretty simple: if you can certify the below:

    Developer's Certificate of Origin 1.1

    By making a contribution to this project, I certify that:

    (a) The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I
         have the right to submit it under the open source license
         indicated in the file; or

    (b) The contribution is based upon previous work that, to the best
        of my knowledge, is covered under an appropriate open source
        license and I have the right under that license to submit that
        work with modifications, whether created in whole or in part
        by me, under the same open source license (unless I am
        permitted to submit under a different license), as indicated
        in the file; or

    (c) The contribution was provided directly to me by some other
        person who certified (a), (b) or (c) and I have not modified

    (d) I understand and agree that this project and the contribution
        are public and that a record of the contribution (including all
        personal information I submit with it, including my sign-off) is
        maintained indefinitely and may be redistributed consistent with
        this project or the open source license(s) involved.

then you just add a line saying ( git commit -s )

Signed-off-by: Random J Developer <[email protected]>

using your real name (sorry, no pseudonyms or anonymous contributions.)

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