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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.
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Value of Tape

Hard Disk Drive (HDD) are an economical storage technology for high-capacity, lower-latency, random access to individual files and objects. NAND or solid-state disks (SSD) are economical storage technologies for high-bandwidth, high-IOPS, and low-latency storage requirements. Several TCO studies exist from various sources, but all agree, tape remains the most economical long-term higher-latency storage media and tape should remain the leader for years to come.

"Continuing the Search for the Right Mix of Long-Term Storage Infrastructure – A TCO Analysis of Disk and Tape Solutions”; David Reine and Mike Kahn; Report #TCG201; July 15, 2015. http://www.clipper.com/research/TCG2015006.pdf

“Particulate Magnetic Tape for Data Storage and Future Technologies”; Masahito Oyanagi; Report #TCG201; October 16, 2017. https://conference-indico.kek.jp/indico/event/28/session/18/contribution/5/material/slides/0.pdf

An IBM study comparing options for long term storage suggests that the uncompressed tape storage costs are about $16/TB, WAN distributed HDD storage costs about $200/TB, and cold public cloud storage options ranges between $130/TB and $250/TB at almost all scales from 10 PB to 100 PB to 1 EB.

“Big Data Storage Alternatives, Comparing Options for Long Term Storage”; by R. Fleenor; January 19, 2018. This report has not been published and can be provided upon request.

Future Capacity of tape

In 2017, IBM research and Sony Corporation demonstrated tape technology allowing for cartridge capacity to reach 330 terabytes. Thus, one expects IBM to sustain the current enterprise and LTO roadmaps that it continues to promote.

"Sony Develops Magnetic Tape Storage Technology with the Industry’s Highest Recording Areal Density of 201 Gb/in2"; Sony Corporation; August 08, 2017; https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201708/17-070E/index.html

Mark Lantz holding tape
Mark Lantz holding cartridge
IBM's Mark Lantz holding one square inch of Sony’s new super-dense magnetic tape.
Today, cartridges max-out at 15 TB native, future cartridges will hold hundreds of terabytes.

Tape Drive Vendors

In 2017, IBM became the sole tape drive manufacturer of LTO and enterprise tape technologies. HPSS software supports both LTO and enterprise tape, including the newest IBM LTO drives, the newest IBM enterprise drives, and the legacy Oracle enterprise drives offered before 2017.

Tape Media Vendors

There are two tape cartridge manufacturers - Sony and Fuji.

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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 @ MSST 2020 - POSTPONED
The 36th International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology will be in Santa Clara, California sometime in October 2020. The increased-awareness of COVID-19 has caused the planners to slip the scheduled event from May 2020 to October 2020 - Learn More. Please contact us if you would like to meet with us in Santa Clara.

HPSS @ SC20
The 2020 international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis will be in Atlanta, Georgia from November 16th through 19th, 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 Atlanta.

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 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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