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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   :    HPSS Version 7.5.3

The latest version of HPSS introduces many new and exciting features to the software. The following is an overview of some of the new features that can be found in HPSS 7.5.3.

New to HPSS 7.5.3

Improved mount rate with Spectra Logic T-Finity robotics

The SCSI PVR now takes advantage of several Spectra Logic T-Finity features for improved mount throughput. This is available only in the hpss_scsi_pvr_beta executable (see the Management Guide for more information). The SCSI PVR now handles multiple zones within the Spectra Logic T-Finity robot, and prioritizes movement within the same terapack.

Fileset Conversion Tool

HPSS now provides a tool for merging one fileset into a second fileset without copying data. Instead, the change is a name space operation. The first fileset is removed, and all of its subdirectories, files, and other name space objects move to the second fileset. The root directory of the first fileset becomes a subdirectory within the second fileset.

See the nsde man page for details and usage.

Fileset metadata helper now runs automatically upon startup

The “hpss_db2_bindall” program will now automatically be invoked with rc.hpss. hpss_db2_bindall is a program which facilitates communication for the Core Server between databases for fileset operations.

Quaid: Enhancements for Full Aggregate Recall (FAR) and Logical Offset Ordering

Quaid has been enhanced to sort stage requests into batches by logical tape offset. Quaid has also been enhanced to selectively enable FAR or disable FAR based on the number of files which appear to be in the same aggregate.

See the Quaid man page for details.

Common HPSS tools now provide output in JSON format

JSON output can help make it easier to use HPSS information in other fora. JSON can easily be programmatically accessed via python and other languages. HPSS now provides JSON output support for rtmu, dump_acct_sum, lshpss, dumppv_pvl, dumppv_pvr, and lspvhist.

See their respective man pages for more information.

Improved Mover Logging

Mover logging has been improved to better indicate why a drive was marked suspect or disabled by the system. Mover logging now also logs SCSI diagnostic information for tape mark write failures.

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HPSS @ MSST 2019
The 35th International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology will be in Santa Clara, California in May of 2019 - 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 2019 international conference for high performance computing, networking, and storage will be in Frankfurt, Germany from June 16th through 20th, 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 Frankfurt.

2019 HUF
The 2019 HPSS User Forum details are coming soon. The HUF is typically hosted by HPSS customers in the September/October timeframe. The 2018 HUF was hosted by the UK Met Office in Exeter, United Kingdom from October 15th through October 18th, 2018.

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.

What's New?
HPSS 7.5.3 Release - HPSS 7.5.3 was released in December 2018 and introduces many new and exciting improvements.

HPSS Training - IBM Houston is looking at hosting an HPSS System Administration Course May/June of 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.

Capacity Leader - ECMWF (European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) has a single HPSS namespace with 385 PB spanning 356 million files.

File-Count Leader - LLNL (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) has a single HPSS namespace with 46 PB spanning 1.208 billion files.

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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