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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.
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HPSS Storage Broker

HPSS Storage Broker is used to store, protect, and error correct project datasets across a wide variety of archive storage including public and private S3 object stores, file systems and HPSS. The limited availability release of HPSS Storage Broker was provided to HPSS customers upon request in 4Q 2020, and will be made generally available in 3Q 2021.

SwiftOnHPSS

SwiftOnHPSS for OpenStack Swift is an S3 interface for HPSS that supports automatic class of service (COS) selection, automatic HPSS end-to-end data integrity support with OpenStack Swift md5 object checksums, and shared access of Swift objects by other HPSS interfaces.

Spectrum Scale

Intended for HPC use, HPSS can be coupled with Spectrum Scale (previously named GPFS) to automatically: copy files from Spectrum Scale to HPSS; purge Spectrum Scale files that are not being used when space thresholds are reached; recall files from HPSS when accessed by Spectrum Scale users; and save a point-in-time snapshot of Spectrum Scale. HPSS for Spectrum Scale allows multiple Spectrum Scale file systems to be managed by a single HPSS.

FUSE

Linux applications benefit from a near-POSIX standard read-write file system interface. This interface enables HPSS to be mounted as a Linux file system in user space (FUSE). Customers are using HPSS FUSE with Open SSL (encrypted file transfer solution), MinIO (S3 object storage solution), OpenStack (object storage solution), SaMBa (MS Windows file sharing), NFS (POSIX file sharing), DSpace (restful open digital repository solution), and Bacula (site backup solutions).

pFTP & FTP

The high performance Parallel FTP (PFTP) interface moves files in and out of HPSS at high data rates. Standard FTP and high-performance parallel FTP commands are both supported.

HSI & HTAR

The Hierarchical Storage Interface (HSI) provides a familiar UNIX shell-style interface for managing and transferring files. HPSS parallel file transfers are done automatically. HTAR is a utility for storing groups of files using the POSIX TAR specification and a high performance multithreaded buffering scheme to transfer files directly to and from HPSS. Online documentation for HSI and HTAR is found here.

API & PIO

The Client API is the most powerful interface in terms of control, performance, and rich functionality. The HPSS Client API is the foundation of every HPSS interface, and customers have ported open source applications including:
HPSS Client Interface Compatibility Matrix

OS Swift Scale FUSE1 pFTP
FTP
HSI2
Gateway
API3
PIO4
Ubuntu 18.04
X
X
X
SLES 15
X
X
X
RHEL 7 & 8
X
X
X
X
X
X
HPSS 9.1 client interface compatibility matrix
  1. FUSE servers available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 64-bit kernels.
  2. HSI gateway available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 64-bit kernels. HSI and HTAR clients run on a number of platforms
  3. HPSS User Interface Client support for operating systems not listed in the table above may be provided by special services. See HPSS Offerings for offering details, and contact us.
  4. The PIO API requires the Client API.

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Come meet with us!
HPSS @ ISC 2022
ISC 2022 is the event for high performance computing, machine learning, and data analytics, and will be in Frankfurt, Germany from May 29th through June 2nd, 2022 - Learn More. As we have done each year (pre-pandemic), we are scheduling and meeting with folks attending the conference. Please contact us to schedule a HPSS Single Client Briefing to meet with the IBM business and technical leaders of HPSS.

HPSS @ STS 2022 - postponed
The 4th Annual Storage Technology Showcase is in the planning phase, but HPSS expects to support the event later this year. Check out their web site - Learn More.

HPSS @ MSST 2022
The 37th International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology will be in Santa Clara, California in May of 2022 - Learn More. Please contact us if you would like to meet with the IBM business and technical leaders of HPSS at Santa Clara University.

2022 HUF
The 2022 HPSS User Forum (HUF) is in the planning phase. The 2021 HUF was hosted online for six days spread across three weeks in October 2021 with no admission cost. We are planning to meet in person this year. Please check back next quarter for details. This will be a great opportunity to hear from HPSS users, collaboration developers, testers, support folks and leadership (from IBM and DOE Labs). Please contact us if you are not a customer but would like to attend.

HPSS @ SC22
The 2022 international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis will be in Dallas, TX from November 14th through 17th, 2022 - Learn More. As we have each year (pre-pandemic), we are scheduling and meeting with customers via IBM Single Client Briefings. Please contact your local IBM client executive or contact us to schedule a HPSS Single Client Briefing to meet with the IBM business and technical leaders of HPSS.

What's New?
HPSS 9.3 Release - HPSS 9.3 was released on December 14th, 2021 and introduces eight new features and numerous minor updates.

HUF 2021 - The HPSS User Forum was hosted virtually at no cost in October 2021.

DOE Announces HPSS Milestone - Todd Heer, Deputy Program Lead, Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Facilities, Operations, and User Support (FOUS), announced that DOE High Performance Storage Systems (HPSS) eclipse one exabyte in stored data.

Atos Press Release - Atos boosts Météo-France’s data storage capacity to over 1 exabyte in 2025 to improve numerical modeling and climate predictions. Want to read more?

HPSS 9.2 Release - HPSS 9.2 was released on May 11th, 2021 and introduces eight new features and numerous minor updates.

Capacity Leader - ECMWF (European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) has a single HPSS namespace with over 650 PB spanning over 439 million files.

File-Count Leader - LLNL (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) has a single HPSS namespace with over 70 PB spanning 1,638 billion files.

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