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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 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 @ STS 2021
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HPSS @ ISC21
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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.

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