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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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2020 HUF - VIRTUAL
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.

HPSS @ SC20 - VIRTUAL
The 2020 international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis will be hosted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SC20 will be on November 16th through 19th, 2020 - Learn More. As we do each year, we are scheduleing and meeting with customers via IBM Single Client Briefings. Please contact your local IBM client executive or contact us to schedule a virtual HPSS Single Client Briefing to meet with the IBM business and technical leaders of HPSS.

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.

HPSS @ ISC21
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 9.1 Release - HPSS 9.1 was released on September 24th, 2020 and introduces a new features.

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 511 PB spanning 370 million files.

File-Count Leader - LLNL (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) has a single HPSS namespace with 59 PB spanning 1.475 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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