High Performance Storage System

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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Fifteen new HPSS Client API based tools

HPSS standalone API tools are available in $HPSS_ROOT/bin. They are named [hpss] and support the following common HPSS functions:

  • cat
  • chmod
  • chown
  • cp
  • getvol
  • getxattrs
  • ln
  • ls
  • mkdir
  • purgek
  • rm
  • rmdir
  • setcos
  • stat
  • touch

Support Auto Change COS of files during migration

With this feature, HPSS administrators will be able to enable an Automatic Change Class of Service (COS) operation on a per-COS basis. When this new COS flag is turned on, upon disk migration, files within this COS that fall outside the Minimum File Size and Maximum File Size will have their COS changed to a target COS that has the appropriate file size range. Some use cases:

  • Site has files that come into their default COS without a file size (e.g. users running non-HPSS ftp client on their desktop).
  • Site is using a COS for an HPSSFS Fuse mount point, Enforce Maximum File Size is off, and the file sizes are not within a consistent range.
The Migration/Purge Server will initiate the change in COS which will be performed by the Core Server as a background task. COS's with the Force Selection flag on will not be considered for the target COS. If multiple COS's meet the criteria, then the Migration/Purge Server will select the first COS that meets the criteria; if no COS meets the criteria, then the file will remain in the current COS and be migrated according to the current COS's hierarchy. If the Core Server's Specific Configuration COS Copy to disk flag is not on and there is a tape level in the target COS's hierarchy, then the Core Server will not automatically copy the file to the disk level and will instead copy to the tape level. To take advantage of migration policies for the file's new COS's hierarchy (like tape aggregation), it is recommended that you turn COS Copy to disk on.

File-Family Merge Tool to remove files and tapes from a file family

Moves all files and media belonging to one file family to another file family, and removes the original file family.

DB Partition Manager for Rumbler History Tables

This feature provides a database utility that can be used to manage the database partitions for the Rumbler History tables. This utility will add and delete partitions for the Rumbler History Tables, allowing access to a certain amount of historical data.

Client API for aborting I/O

This feature allows I/O to be aborted by client applications. The following commands are available for admin use via scrub:

  • abortreq
  • abortuser

Set accountID through FTP

The following new PFTP client commands are provided:

  • account - change account of this session to account id
  • site getacct - display the account associated with this session
  • site getacct - display the account associated with the given file
  • site setacct - set the account associated with the given file to account id

Add support for buffered tape marks

HPSS supports buffered tape marks for all supported tape and PVR types. Refer to the 'Storage Class' section of the HPSS Management Guide for more information on buffered tape marks.

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2023 HUF
The 2023 HPSS User Forum (HUF) will be an in-person event scheduled October 30th through November 3rd, 2023, in Herndon, VA. This will be a great opportunity to hear from HPSS users, collaboration developers, testers, support folks and leadership (from IBM and DOE Labs). Would you like to Learn More? Please contact us if you are not a customer but would like to attend.

The 2023 international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis will be in Denver, CO from November 12th through 17th, 2023 - Learn More. As we have each year (pre-pandemic), we are scheduling and meeting with customers via IBM Single Client Briefings. Please contact your local IBM client executive or contact us to schedule a HPSS Single Client Briefing to meet with the IBM business and technical leaders of HPSS.

HPSS @ STS 2024
The 5th Annual Storage Technology Showcase is in the planning phase, but HPSS expects to support the event. Check out their web site - Learn More.

HPSS @ MSST 2024
The 38th International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology will be in Santa Clara, California in May of 2024 - 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 @ ISC 2024
ISC 2024 is the event for high performance computing, machine learning, and data analytics, and will be in Hamburg, Germany at the Congress Center Hamburg, from May 12th through May 16th, 2024 - Learn More. As we have done each year (pre-pandemic), we are scheduling and meeting with folks attending the conference. Please contact us meet with the IBM business and technical leaders of HPSS.

What's New?
HPSS 10.2 Release - HPSS 10.2 was released on February 16th, 2023 and introduces six new features and numerous minor updates.

HUF 2022 - The HPSS User Forum was hosted by IBM Houston in October 2021, at their IBM Houston Kurland building.

Celebrating 30 Years - Fall 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the High Performance Storage System (HPSS) Collaboration.

HPSS 10.1 Release - HPSS 10.1 was released on September 30th, 2022 and introduces fourteen new features and numerous minor updates.

Lots of Data - In March 2022, IBM/HPSS delivered a storage solution to a customer in Canada, and demonstrated a sustained tape ingest rate of 33 GB/sec (2.86 PB/day peak tape ingest x 2 for dual copy), while simultaneously demonstrating a sustained tape recall rate of 24 GB/sec (2.0 PB/day peak tape recall). HPSS pushed six 18-frame IBM TS4500 tape libraries (scheduled to house over 1.6 Exabytes of tape media) to over 3,000 mounts/hour.

DOE Announces HPSS Milestone - Todd Heer, Deputy Program Lead, Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Facilities, Operations, and User Support (FOUS), announced that DOE High Performance Storage Systems (HPSS) eclipse one exabyte in stored data.

Atos Press Release - Atos boosts Météo-France’s data storage capacity to over 1 exabyte in 2025 to improve numerical modeling and climate predictions. Want to read more?

Capacity Leader - ECMWF (European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) has a single HPSS namespace with over 824 PB spanning over 556 million files.

File-Count Leader - LLNL (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) has a single HPSS namespace with over 78 PB spanning 1.746 billion files.

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