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Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

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ALCF Data Storage

Disk Storage

The ALCF operates a number of file systems that are mounted globally across all of our production systems.

Home

A Luste file system residing on a DDN AI-400X NVMe SSD platform. It has ?? ?? TB drives with 123 TB of usable space. It provides 8 Object Storage Targets and 4 Metadata Targets.

Grand

A Lustre file system residing on an HPE ClusterStor E1000 platform equipped with 100 Petabytes of usable capacity across 8480 disk drives. This ClusterStor platform provides 160 Object Storage Targets and 40 Metadata Targets with an aggregate data transfer rate of 650GB/s. The primary use of grand is compute campaign storage.

Also see ALCF Data Policies and Data Transfer

Eagle

A Lustre file system residing on an HPE ClusterStor E1000 platform equipped with 100 Petabytes of usable capacity across 8480 disk drives. This ClusterStor platform provides 160 Object Storage Targets and 40 Metadata Targets with an aggregate data transfer rate of 650GB/s. The primary use of eagle is data sharing with the research community. Eagle has community sharing community capabilities which allow PIs to share their project data with external collabortors using Globus. Eagle can also be used for compute campaign storage.

Also see ALCF Data Policies and Data Transfer

theta-fs0

A Lustre file system residing on an HPE Sonexion 3000 storage array with a usable capacity of 9.2PB and an aggregate data transfer rate of 240GB/s. This is a legacy file system. No new allocations are granted on theta-fs0.

Also see ALCF Data Policies and Data Transfer

theta-fs1

A GPFS file system that resides on an IBM Elastic Storage System (ESS) cluster with a usable capacity of 7.9PB and an aggregate data transfer rate of 400GB/s. This is a legacy file system. No new allocations are granted on theta-fs1.

Also see ALCF Data Policies and Data Transfer

Tape Storage

ALCF operates three 10,000 slot Spectralogic tape libraries. We are currently running a combination of LTO6 and LTO8 tape technology. The LTO tape drives have built-in hardware compression which typically achieve compression ratios between 1.25:1 and 2:1 depending on the data yielding an effective capacity of approximately 65PB.

HPSS

HPSS is a data archive and retrieval system that manages large amounts of data on disk and robotic tape libraries. It provides hierarchical storage management services that allow it to migrate data between those storage platforms.

HPSS is currently configured with a disk and tape tier. The disk tier has a capacity of 1.2PB on a DataDirect Networks SFA12K-40 storage array. By default, all archived data is initially written to the disk tier. The tape tier consists of 3 SpectraLogic T950 robotic tape libraries containing a total of 72 LTO6 tape drives with total uncompressed capacity 64 PB. Archived data is migrated to the tape tier at regular intervals, then deleted from the disk tier to create space for future archives.

Access to HPSS is provided by various client components. Currently, ALCF supports access through two command-line clients, HSI and HTAR. These are installed on the login nodes of Theta and Cooley. In order for the client to authenticate with HPSS, the user must have a keytab file that should be located in their home directory under subdirectory .hpss. The file name will be in the format .ktb_.

HSI General Usage

Before you can use HSI on XC40 systems such as Theta, you must load a module:

module load hsi

HSI can be invoked by simply entering hsi at your normal shell prompt. Once authenticated, you will enter the hsi command shell environment:

> hsi
[HSI]/home/username->

You may enter "help" to display a brief description of available commands.

If archiving from or retrieving to grand or eagle you must disable the Transfer Agent. -T off

Example archive

[HSI]/home/username-> put mydatafile                # same name on HPSS
[HSI]/home/username-> put local.file : hpss.file    # different name on HPSS
[HSI]/home/username-> put -T off mydatafile

Example retrieval

[HSI]/home/username-> get mydatafile
[HSI]/home/username-> get local.file : hpss.file
[HSI]/home/username-> get -T off mydatafile

Most of the usual shell commands will work as expected in the HSI command environment. For example, checking what files are archived:

[HSI]/home/username-> ls -l

And organizing your archived files:

[HSI]/home/username-> mkdir dataset1
[HSI]/home/username-> mv hpss.file dataset1
[HSI]/home/username-> ls dataset1
[HSI]/home/username-> rm dataset1/hpss.file

It may be necessary to use single or double quotes around metacharacters to avoid having the shell prematurely expand them. For example:

[HSI]/home/username-> get *.c

will not work, but

[HSI]/home/username-> get "*.c"

will retrieve all files ending in .c.

Following normal shell conventions, other special characters in filenames such as whitespace and semicolon also need to be escaped with "\" (backslash). For example:

       [HSI]/home/username-> get "data\ file\ \;\ version\ 1"

retrieves the file named "data file ; version 1".

HSI can also be run as a command line or embedded in a script as follows:

hsi -O log.file "put local.file"

HTAR General Usage

HTAR is a tar-like utility that creates tar-format archive files directly in HPSS. It can be run as a command line or embedded in a script.

Example archive

htar -cf hpssfile.tar localfile1 localfile2 localfile3

Example retrieval

htar -xf hpssfile.tar localfile2

NOTE: On Theta you must first load the HSI module to make HSI and HTAR available. "module load hsi"
NOTE: The current version of HTAR has a 64GB file size limit as well as a path length limit. The recommended client is HSI.

Globus

In addition, HPSS is accessible through the Globus endpoint alcf#dtn_hpss. As with HSI and HTAR, you must have a keytab file before using this endpoint. For more information on using Globus, please see [Using Globus].

Keytab File Missing

If you see an error like this:

*** HSI: (KEYTAB auth method) - keytab file missing or inaccessible: /
 home/username/.hpss/.ktb_username
 Error - authentication/initialization failed

it means that your account is not enabled to use the HPSS yet. Please contact support to have it set up.