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.

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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 2018, the United States reclaimed the top spot on the Top500. Six of the top ten 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, an HPSS best of breed tape storage solution from IBM may help lower your storage costs.

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Come meet with us!
HPSS @ 2019 Future of DP&R
The objective of the 2019 Data Protection and Retention Workshop is to discuss important topics around Data Protection, Tape and Virtual Tape on November 12 & 13, 2019, at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland - Learn More.

The 2019 international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis will be in Denver, Colorado from November 18th through 21st, 2019 - 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 Denver.

HPSS @ MSST 2020
The 35th International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology will be in Santa Clara, California in May of 2020 - Learn More. Please contact us if you would like to meet with the IBM business and technical leaders of HPSS at Santa Clara University.

The 2020 international conference for high performance computing, networking, and storage will be in Frankfurt, Germany from June 21st through 25th, 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 Frankfurt.

2020 HUF
The 2020 HPSS User Forum (HUF) is being hosted by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany from September 7th through September 11th, 2020. 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.

What's New?
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 451 PB spanning 344 million files.

File-Count Leader - LLNL (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) has a single HPSS namespace with 55 PB spanning 1.415 billion files.

HPSS Training - IBM Houston is looking at hosting an HPSS System Administration Course from October 1st through October 4th, 2019. Are you interested in attending? Learn more.

IBM TS1160 - On November 20, 2018 IBM announced the new enterprise tape technology supporting 20 TB of native capacity and 400 MB/s of native bandwidth. Learn more.

Best of Breed for Tape - HPSS 7.5.2 and 7.5.3 improvements raise HPSS tape library efficiency to 99% on both IBM and Spectra Logic tape libraries.

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.

HPSS Vendor Partnership Grows - HPSS begins Quantum Scalar i6000 tape library testing in 2018. Other HPSS tape vendor partners include IBM, Oracle, and Spectra Logic.

Swift On HPSS - Leverage OpenStack Swift to provide an object interface to data in HPSS. Directories of files and containers of objects can be accessed and shared across ALL interfaces with this OpenStack Swift Object Server implementation - Contact Us for more information, or Download Now.

RAIT - Oak Ridge National Laboratory cut redundant tape cost-estimates by 75% with 4+P HPSS RAIT (tape stripe with rotating parity) and enjoy large file tape transfers beyond 1 GB/s.
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