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.

About HPSS   :   HPSS Services from IBM
The High Performance Storage System is a Services Offering from IBM Global Services - Federal (Houston, Texas). A Statement of Work and License Agreement define the HPSS services and software provided by IBM.

Services Offered Description
Standard services offering for a single HPSS instance* for new customers in the first year.

The operating system platforms, tape, and library devices that are supported in the standard offering are found on the HPSS Big Picture page.

During the first year for new customers, IBM provides the following services:
  • Planning, system engineering, and requirements analysis,
  • Assistance with installation of prerequisite software,
  • Installation of HPSS software,
  • Configuration and tuning of HPSS,
  • Perform pre-production testing of the HPSS system.
  • Review of the HPSS readiness prior to putting it into production,
  • Ongoing technical support of HPSS.
An overview of these services is provided in the "HPSS Support Services from IBM."
Standard services offering for a single HPSS instance* for existing customers (second and subsequent years) During the second and subsequent years for existing customers, IBM provides the following services:
  • Assistance with problem resolution,
  • Planning for HPSS updates and upgrades,
  • Assistance with changing the HPSS configuration (new devices, classes of service, storage classes, movers, etc.),
  • Assistance with HPSS software updates
Extensions to the standard offering. Currently available extensions to the standard offering include:
Special Services Special arrangements can be made to obtain services that are not currently part of the Standard or Extended Services Offering. IBM can supply the following services as part of a special bid arrangement. Examples of non-standard services:
  • 24X7 support for problem resolution.
  • Additional production instances of HPSS for a customer.
  • Extended onsite support of HPSS.
  • Support for clients and operating systems not listed on the "HPSS Big Picture" user interfaces page.
  • Support for HPSS Mover operating systems not listed on the "HPSS Big Picture" RHEL platform page.
  • Support for tape drives and tape libraries not listed on the "HPSS Big Picture" disk and tape storage page.

* An HPSS instance is a single HPSS deployment with one System Manager component deployed such that all HPSS components except clients are deployed at one physical customer location. An instance may include any number of servers running HPSS servers, movers, and other components.

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Come meet with us!
HPSS @ STS 2021
The 3nd Annual Storage Technology Showcase is in the planning stage, but HPSS expects to support the event in March of 2021. Check out their web site - Learn More. We expect an update later in 2020.

The 2021 international conference for high performance computing, networking, and storage will be in Frankfurt, Germany from June 27th through July 1st, 2021 - Learn More. Come visit the HPSS folks at the IBM booth and contact us if you would like to schedule a face-to-face meeting with us in Frankfurt.

2021 HUF
The 2021 HPSS User Forum (HUF) is being hosted by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany from September 27th through September 30th, 2021. This is a great place to meet HPSS users, collaboration developers and testers (from IBM and DOE Labs), support folks, and leadership. More details coming soon.

The 2021 international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis will be in St. Louis, MO from November 15th through 18th, 2021 - Learn More. As we do each year, 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.

What's New?
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?

HUF 2020 - The HPSS User Forum was hosted virtually at no cost in October 2020.

HPSS 9.1 Release - HPSS 9.1 was released on September 24th, 2020 and introduces a few new features.

HPSS 8.3 Release - HPSS 8.3 was released on March 31st, 2020 and introduces one new feature and many minor changes.

HPSS 8.2 Release - HPSS 8.2 was released on December 6th, 2019 and introduces a few new features.

New Globus DSI - Version 2.9 of the HPSS DSI is now available from the GitHub release page. It provides the capability to resume interrupted Globus transfers.

Lots Of Data - In November 2019 IBM/HPSS delivered a system to a customer in Canada and demonstrated a sustained tape ingest rate of 11,574 MB/sec (1 PB/day peak tape ingest) while simultaneously demonstrating a sustained tape recall rate of 8,832 MB/sec (791 TB/day peak tape recall). HPSS pushed four 13-frame IBM TS4500 tape libraries (scheduled to house over 500 PB of tape media) to 2,168 mounts/hour.

HPSS 8.1 Release - HPSS 8.1 was released on October 1st, 2019 and introduces a few new features.

July 2019 - Argonne Team Breaks Record for Globus Data Movement from the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to HPSS tape.

Capacity Leader - ECMWF (European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) has a single HPSS namespace with over 556 PB spanning over 405 million files.

File-Count Leader - LLNL (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) has a single HPSS namespace with over 63 PB spanning 1.525 billion files.

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.

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