High Performance Storage System

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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.

About HPSS   :    High Availability HPSS
High Availability (HA) HPSS is an extension to the standard HPSS offering from IBM. See HPSS Offerings for offering details, and contact us.

High Availability Core Servers

HA Core Server services include the configuration of a standby HPSS Core server, and associated db2 metadata storage, and the configuration and testing of the HPSS Core Server failover with manual approval.

Db2 log shipping is configured to protect HPSS metadata from a wider range of failures, including a site failure, and to reduce downtime caused by these failures. Db2 log shipping replicates HPSS Db2 metadata to a standby HPSS Core Server. The standby HPSS Core Server can be installed locally, or at a remote facility.

HA Core Server details include:
  • Two HPSS Core Server machines: one primary and one standby
  • Metadata on the primary server is synchronized to standby server
  • Negligible impact on performance
  • Primary computer failure results in the standby computer assuming the IP/Hostname of the service interface and restarting HPSS

HA Core Server

HA Core Servers

High Availability Movers

High Availability Movers provide access to HPSS storage when an HPSS Mover server fails. HA Movers are typically deployed for the HPSS disk cache only, as HA Movers for tape drives are not considered cost-effective at scale. HA Movers are always deployed in pairs, so the surviving Mover can be used to manage access to the storage devices for the failed Mover.

HA Mover services include the configuration and testing of the HPSS Core Server failover software for each Mover. HA Mover details include:
  • Shared access to the Mover storage for each pair of Mover servers.
  • Primary computer failure results in the surviving Mover computer managing access to the storage devices for the failed Mover.

HA Core Mover

HA Movers

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2022 HUF
The 2022 HPSS User Forum (HUF) will be an in-person event scheduled October 24-28, 2022, in Houston, TX. Please check back for registration details. This will be a great opportunity to hear from HPSS users, collaboration developers, testers, support folks and leadership (from IBM and DOE Labs). Please contact us if you are not a customer but would like to attend.

HPSS @ SC22
The 2022 international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis will be in Dallas, TX from November 14th through 17th, 2022 - 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 2023
The 4th Annual Storage Technology Showcase has been postponed, but HPSS expects to support the event when it returns. Check out their web site - Learn More.

HPSS @ MSST 2023
The 37th International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology will be in Santa Clara, California in May of 2023 - 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 2023
ISC 2023 is the event for high performance computing, machine learning, and data analytics, and will be in Hamburg, Germany from May 21st through May 25th, 2023 - 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?
Celebrating 30 Years - 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the High Performance Storage System (HPSS) Collaboration.

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.

HPSS 9.3 Release - HPSS 9.3 was released on December 14th, 2021 and introduces eight new features and numerous minor updates.

HUF 2021 - The HPSS User Forum was hosted virtually at no cost in October 2021.

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?

HPSS 9.2 Release - HPSS 9.2 was released on May 11th, 2021 and introduces eight new features and numerous minor updates.

Capacity Leader - ECMWF (European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) has a single HPSS namespace with over 679 PB spanning over 457 million files.

File-Count Leader - LLNL (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) has a single HPSS namespace with over 73 PB spanning 1.665 billion files.

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