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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.
HPSS Services  :   HPSS System Administration Course
Course Details
Duration: 3.5 Days
Dates: October 1st through 4th, 2019 is being considered
Times: Tuesday - Thursday: 8:30AM - 5:00PM CDT
Friday: 8:30AM - 12:00PM CDT
Delivery Method: Instructor-led Classroom and Virtual Classroom
Estimated Cost: $3,500 USD per person
Language: English
Class Location: Option 1:
       Virtual Classroom (web-based)
Option 2:
       IBM Corporation
       12301 Kurland Drive, Suite 300
       Houston, Texas 77034

Intended Audience:

This course is targeted for IT professionals who are responsible for the configuration and administration of an HPSS solution (e.g., current or future HPSS administrators) but also for people who are interested in learning more about HPSS.

Educational Objectives:


After completion of the course, the student will be able to:


  • Understand the purpose of major HPSS software components
  • Plan, install and configure a basic HPSS
  • Manage an HPSS
  • Identify and resolve common operational problems
  • Utilize HPSS utilities and the HPSS command line interface

Delivery Type / Course Format:

The HPSS System Administration course will either be delivered via a traditional instructor-led format with hands-on exercises, or via virtual classroom (web-based) delivery without the benefit of hands-on exercises and face-to-face collaboration with other students and instructors.

For the instructor-led virtual classroom option, registered students will have access via the web and will be sent a URL for the training session. The instructor will lead the class through the course material, which will be displayed for all students using IBM Connections Cloud (see below). Students attending virtually will have the ability to participate to a large extent as if on-site (e.g., ask/answer questions electronically or verbally) but without benefits of lab-access exercises as well as collaboration and networking with other people.

Course Description:

The HPSS System Administration course offers an overview of the components that make up the HPSS software and the dependencies of these components on their environment in order to perform data storage services. The class covers the latest HPSS release.

The class consists of the following:

    Classroom Lectures

    Discussion sessions with the HPSS experts: HPSS team members share their field experiences with HPSS/Db2 systems engineering, management, and troubleshooting.

    System Installation

    Instructors will lead classroom students through the installation process to configure a basic HPSS. The system will be used to demonstrate HPSS functionality throughout the class. There will be hands-on exercises for students. Each student attending in-person for classroom instruction should bring a laptop to participate in the hands-on exercises. Virtual classroom students will be unable to participate in hands-on exercises.

Important Prerequisites:

Students should have previous Linux system administration experience or training.

The virtual classroom (web-based) training will utilize IBM Connections Cloud, which supports various browsers, depending on your operating system. View cloud computing system requirements for complete details.

Participation in hands-on exercises is included with the course. Exercises are usually performed in small groups. To participate in hands-on exercises, students attending the course in Houston must bring a laptop computer with them to access Houston HPSS lab machines and training resources as we are unable to provide students with laptops or other computer resources to participate in exercises.

Training Inquiries:

Interested parties should send the name and email address of prospective attendees to Thuy Tran (thuy_tran@us.ibm.com) no later than 06/30/2019.

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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
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HPSS @ ISC 2023
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What's New?
Celebrating 30 Years - 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.

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 712 PB spanning over 474 million files.

File-Count Leader - LLNL (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) has a single HPSS namespace with over 75 PB spanning 1.685 billion files.

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