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Incremental Scalability
Based on storage needs and deployment schedules, HPSS scales incrementally by adding computer, network and storage resources. A single HPSS namespace can scale from petabytes of data to exabytes of data, from millions of files to billions of files, and from a few file-creates per second to thousands of file-creates per second.
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Cloud Storage Broker

The Cloud Storage Broker is the newest interface under development by the HPSS Collaboration. The Cloud Storage Broker is used to store, protect, and error correct project datasets across a wide variety of classic and cloud storage products and services. The SC17 demo showcased storing and retrieving a dataset containing 1,500 1 MB files between Spectrum Scale and LTO-6 plus LTFS. Dataset transfers exceeded 280 MB/s across two data tapes protected by a single parity tape, where each LTO-6 drive exceeded 140 MB/s.

SwiftOnHPSS

SwiftOnHPSS for OpenStack Swift is an S3 interface for HPSS that supports automatic class of service (COS) selection, automatic HPSS end-to-end data integrity support with OpenStack Swift md5 object checksums, and shared access of Swift objects by other HPSS interfaces.

Spectrum Scale

Intended for HPC use, HPSS can be coupled with Spectrum Scale (previously named GPFS) to automatically: copy files from Spectrum Scale to HPSS; purge Spectrum Scale files that are not being used when space thresholds are reached; recall files from HPSS when accessed by Spectrum Scale users; and save a point-in-time snapshot of Spectrum Scale. HPSS for Spectrum Scale allows multiple Spectrum Scale file systems to be managed by a single HPSS.

FUSE

Linux applications benefit from a near-POSIX standard read-write file system interface. This interface enables HPSS to be mounted as a Linux file system in user space (FUSE). Customers are using HPSS FUSE with Open SSL, OpenStack, SaMBa, NFS and Apache.

pFTP & FTP

The high performance Parallel FTP (PFTP) interface moves files in and out of HPSS at high data rates. Standard FTP and high-performance parallel FTP commands are both supported.

HSI & HTAR

The Hierarchical Storage Interface (HSI) provides a familiar UNIX shell-style interface for managing and transferring files. HPSS parallel file transfers are done automatically. Online documentation for HSI is found here. HTAR is a utility for storing groups of files using the POSIX TAR specification and a high performance multithreaded buffering scheme to transfer files directly to and from HPSS. Online documentation for HTAR is found here.

API & PIO

The Client API is the most powerful interface in terms of control, performance, and rich functionality. The HPSS Client API is the foundation of every HPSS interface, and customers have ported open source applications including:
  • NFS Ganesha (sourceforge.net/apps/trac/nfs-ganesha/)
  • gridFTP (globus.org/toolkit/data/gridftp)
  • Secure FTP (larc.nasa.gov)
  • iRODS (irods.org)
  • Lustre CopyTool (lustre.org)

HPSS Client Interface Compatibility Matrix

OS Swift Scale FUSE1 pFTP
FTP
HSI2
Gateway
API3
PIO4
AIX 7
X
X
Solaris 11
X
X
RHEL 6 & 7
X
X
X
X
X
X
HPSS 7.5 client interface compatibility matrix
  1. FUSE servers available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 64-bit kernels.
  2. HSI gateway available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 64-bit kernels. HSI and HTAR clients run on a number of platfoms
  3. HPSS User Interface Client support for operating systems not listed in the table above may be provided by special services. See HPSS Offerings for offering details, and contact us.
  4. The PIO API requires the Client API.

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Come meet with us!
HPSS @ MSST 2019
The 35th International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology will be in Santa Clara, California in May of 2019 - Learn More. Please contact us if you would like to meet with the IBM business and technical leaders of HPSS at Santa Clara University.

HPSS @ ISC19
The 2019 international conference for high performance computing, networking, and storage will be in Frankfurt, Germany from June 16th through 20th, 2019 - Learn More. Come visit the HPSS folks at the IBM booth and contact us if you would like to meet with the IBM business and technical leaders of HPSS in Frankfurt.

2019 HUF
The 2019 HPSS User Forum details are coming soon. The HUF is typically hosted by HPSS customers in the September/October timeframe. The 2018 HUF was hosted by the UK Met Office in Exeter, United Kingdom from October 15th through October 18th, 2018.

HPSS @ SC19
The 2019 international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis will be in Denver, Colorado from November 18th through 21st, 2019 - Learn More. Come visit the HPSS folks at the IBM booth and contact us if you would like to meet with the IBM business and technical leaders of HPSS in Denver.

What's New?
HPSS 7.5.3 Release - HPSS 7.5.3 was released in December 2018 and introduces many new and exciting improvements.

IBM TS1160 - On November 20, 2018 IBM announced the new enterprise tape technology supporting 20 TB of native capacity and 400 MB/s of native bandwidth. Learn more.

Best of Breed for Tape - HPSS 7.5.2 and 7.5.3 improvements raise HPSS tape library efficiency to 99% on both IBM and Spectra Logic tape libraries.

Explosive data growth - HPSS Collaboration leadership from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) helped author the "NERSC Storage 2020" report, and NERSC trusts HPSS to meet their immediate and long term data storage challenges.

HPSS Vendor Partnership Grows - HPSS begins Quantum Scalar i6000 tape library testing in 2018. Other HPSS tape vendor partners include IBM, Oracle, and Spectra Logic.

Swift On HPSS - Leverage OpenStack Swift to provide an object interface to data in HPSS. Directories of files and containers of objects can be accessed and shared across ALL interfaces with this OpenStack Swift Object Server implementation - Contact Us for more information, or Download Now.

Capacity Leader - ECMWF (European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) has a single HPSS namespace with 385 PB spanning 356 million files.

File-Count Leader - LLNL (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) has a single HPSS namespace with 46 PB spanning 1.208 billion files.

RAIT - Oak Ridge National Laboratory cut redundant tape cost-estimates by 75% with 4+P HPSS RAIT (tape stripe with rotating parity) and enjoy large file tape transfers beyond 1 GB/s.
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