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.
What is High Performance Storage System?
HPSS storage software meets the most challenging long term scalable storage requirements. HPSS features reduce the total cost of ownership of data, maximize transfer performance of all file sizes, lower tape cartridge costs, maximize storage utilization, efficiently manage data integrity, and minimize failure recovery time.

There are well known value propositions for the different types of storage. Solid state disks are the best storage option when bandwidth and I/O per second are the driving requirements. When files are needed immediately and capacity is the driving requirement, power-hungry hard disk drives may be the best option. Tape is the most economical storage for infrequently accessed data at scale, and is often called "zero-watt storage". Many storage and cloud providers offer different levels of storage, at different price points. Learn how HPSS helps with the long-term stewardship of data at scale.

+ Learn More


Who developed HPSS?

HPSS is the result of over two and a half decades of collaboration among five Department of Energy laboratories and IBM, with significant contributions by universities and other laboratories worldwide.

Best of breed for tape!

HPSS is considered best of breed for tape because of our efficient use of tape hardware and media. Tape hardware and media efficiency translates to lower total cost of ownership (TCO) of long term data storage.

Who is using HPSS?

HPSS is considered best of breed for tape and offers many compelling features to keep storage costs down. It is not just data capacity requirements that bring organizations to HPSS.
Is HPSS right for you??
In June of 2020, Japen pulled in the top spot of the Top500 for the first time. Two of the top five supercomputers on the planet use HPSS software to meet their immediate and long term high performance tape storage requirements. If you currently store all your data on spinning disk, and you have growing storage needs that currently exceed five petabytes or your current tape solution is delivering abysmal tape performance, an HPSS best of breed tape storage solution from IBM may help lower your storage costs. HPSS can transfer files to tape faster and recall files from tape more efficiently so fewer tape drives are needed to meet storage requirements. Simply state, extreme-scale capacity or extreme-scale file-count requirements are NOT the only reson customers use HPSS!

+ Learn More

Come meet with us!
The 2020 HPSS User Forum (HUF) will be hosted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be hosted online for six days spread across three weeks in October 2020 with no admission cost. This will be a great opportunity to hear from HPSS users, collaboration developers, testers, support folks and leadership (from IBM and DOE Labs) - Learn More. Please contact us if you are not a customer but would like to attend.

The 36th International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology will be in Santa Clara, California sometime in October 2020. The increased-awareness of COVID-19 has caused the planners to slip the scheduled event from May 2020 to October 2020 - Learn More. Please contact us if you would like to meet with us in Santa Clara.

The 2020 international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis will be in Atlanta, Georgia from November 16th through 19th, 2020 - 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 Atlanta.

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. Checkout 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 27st 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.

What's New?
HUF 2020 - The HPSS User Forum will be hosted virtually at no cost in October 2020.

HPSS 8.3 Release - HPSS 8.3 was released on March 31st, 2020 and introduces a new features.

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 479 PB spanning 331 million files.

File-Count Leader - LLNL (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) has a single HPSS namespace with 57 PB spanning 1.424 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.

Older News - Want to read more?
Home    |    About HPSS    |    Services    |    Contact us
Copyright 1992 - 2020, HPSS Collaboration. All Rights Reserved.