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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   :    High Availability HPSS
High Availability (HA) HPSS is an extension to the standard HPSS offering from IBM. See HPSS Offerings for offering details, and contact us.

High Availability Core Servers

HA Core Server services include the configuration of a standby HPSS Core server, and associated db2 metadata storage, and the configuration and testing of the HPSS Core Server failover with manual approval.

Db2 log shipping is configured to protect HPSS metadata from a wider range of failures, including a site failure, and to reduce downtime caused by these failures. Db2 log shipping replicates HPSS Db2 metadata to a standby HPSS Core Server. The standby HPSS Core Server can be installed locally, or at a remote facility.

HA Core Server details include:
  • Two HPSS Core Server machines: one primary and one standby
  • Metadata on primary server is synchronized to standby server
  • Negligible impact on performance
  • Primary computer failure results in the standby computer assuming the IP/Hostname of the service interface and restarting HPSS


HA Core Servers

High Availability Movers

High Availability Movers provide access to HPSS storage when an HPSS Mover server fails. HA Movers are typically deployed for the HPSS disk cache only, as HA Movers for tape drives are not considered cost effective at scale. HA Movers are always deployed in pairs, so the surviving Mover can be used to manage access to the storage devices for the failed Mover.

HA Mover services include the configuration and testing of the HPSS Core Server failover software for each Mover. HA Mover details include:
  • Shared access to the Mover storage for each pair of Mover servers.
  • Primary computer failure results in the surviving Mover computer managing access to the storage devices for the failed Mover.


HA Movers

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2018 HUF
The 2018 HPSS User Forum will be hosted by the UK Met Office in Exeter, United Kingdom from October 15th through October 18th, 2018. Please contact us if you would like to meet with the HPSS Collaboration leaders, HPSS Collaboration developers, architects, system engineers, support staff, project managers, and many of the HPSS customers.

The 2018 HUF information and registration web site is here. Hope to see you there!

HPSS @ SC18
The 2018 international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis will be in Dallas, Texas from November 11th through 15th, 2018 - 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 Dallas.

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.

HPSS @ ISC19
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.
What's New?
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.

HPSS 7.5.2 Release - HPSS 7.5.2 was released in June 2018 and introduces many new and exciting improvements.

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 318 PB spanning 330 million files.

File-Count Leader - LLNL (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) has a single HPSS namespace with 41 PB spanning 1.084 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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