Mass Storage System (Gyrfalcon)
The Gyrfalcon Mass Storage System is the primary resource for long-term data storage in the NREL HPC datacenter.
Gyrfalcon, also known as the "Mass Storage System" is a large, multi-tiered data archive system intended primarily for the long term storage of data associated with projects with allocations on NREL HPC systems. The system includes a disk storage system as well as an Oracle StorageTek tape library with nine T10000C tape drives. It uses Oracle's QFS file system and SAM archiving software, which allows users to simply copy data to and from the file system without knowing or worrying about which tier the data is stored on. It has a capacity of over 3 petabytes (PB), or 3000 terabytes (TB), of user data, with an architecture that allows the capacity to be easily expanded at relatively low cost.
The Mass Storage System is available to all Peregrine user accounts and projects and is optionally available to users with access to other NREL HPC resources.
How do I request space on the Mass Storage System if I don't have a Peregrine account?
1: Navigate to the Allocations page.
2: Select the appropriate allocation request template document for your request. When making allocation requests for only Mass Storage leave the Peregrine Node Hours and Projected Storage Space on Peregrine sections blank. Only fill out the Long-Term Data Storage on Mass Storage System section.
3: Attach the completed document to an email message to HPC-Requests@nrel.gov.
How much space is available?
The disk system capacity is 756TB and the tape capacity of this system is 4.5PB. By policy, two copies of each file will be stored on different media, with copies being handled automatically by the archive software. This provides over 2.5PB of long term data storage.
How do I move data to the mass storage system?
The /mss file system is mounted on the Peregrine login nodes at "/mss". Each user has a user directory under /mss/users/$USER. Ordinary Unix commands such as cp, mv and rsync may be used to transfer data from /home or /scratch file systems to the /mss file system.
At the command line of one of Peregrine’s login nodes, enter one of the following commands to reduce the number of files and copy them to mass storage. Please note that these commands may take several minutes to several hours to complete.
Option 1: The first command will create a list of files in a directory. The second command (tar) will use that list to gather all the files in the directory into a single file which resides in the MSS directory indicated. The files in the original directory are left unchanged.
$ lfs find directory > directory.txt
$ tar –czf /mss/<MSS directory>/directory.tgz -T directory.txt
Option 2: The first command (tar) will gather all files found in a directory into a single file. The second command will copy the resulting tar file onto the mass storage system. Alternatively, replace "cp" with "mv" to move the resulting tar file from the original directory to the MSS directory. As with option 1, the files in the original directory are left unchanged.
$ tar –czf directory.tgz directory
$ cp directory.tgz /mss/<MSS directory>
Option 3: The rsync command compares one directory to another and makes the destination directory equal to the source directory.
$ rsync –av directory /mss/<MSS directory>
Option 4: The simple Linux cp command can be used to copy a file from one directory to another directory. This command is best used for small numbers of files.
$ cp filename /mss/<MSS directory>
How do I access /mss from outside of Peregrine?
Users may access their /mss directories via a server - mss1.hpc.nrel.gov.
How do I see my quotas for MSS?
You may review your MSS quota on a per user and a per project basis. On any of the Peregrine login nodes use one of the following commands to view your quota.
Option 1: Per User
Option 2: Per Project
Block size is 512 bytes
Online Limits Total Limits
Type ID In Use Soft Hard In Use Soft Hard
Files group 120004 75445 100000 100000 75445 100000 100000
Blocks group 120004 400560 4294967296 4294967296 556051791 4294967296 4294967296
The output shows the number of files (inodes) that are in use and the amount of storage (number of 512 byte blocks) that is in use. It also shows your current quotas.
- Both the amount of data and the number of files will be managed with quotas.
- Users with accounts on any NREL HPC system will be provided with accounts on this system for personal storage. Every Peregrine user receives a default 1 terabyte, 100,000 file quota automatically when their account is created. Additional space may be requested via email to email@example.com.
- Projects that receive an allocation on the Peregrine system will be provided with space on this system, with the project quota determined as part of the allocation process.
- Gyrfalcon is not backed up. Two copies of all data are stored on different media however, if a user deletes their files, there is no backup from which to restore them.