Reminder: HPSS tape archive to become read-only on January 20

December 2, 2019

Users are reminded that the High Performance Storage System (HPSS) tape archive will become read-only on January 20, 2020, with exceptions only for curated collections such as the Research Data Archive. This follows the announcement in October that HPSS will reach its end of life and be decommissioned in 2021.

While writing HPSS files will not be possible as of January 20, users will still be able to perform most common meta-data operations on their HPSS holdings, including deleting, renaming, and moving files. Those who have not already done so should begin deleting files that are no longer needed and moving other data to alternative storage systems as soon as possible.

Recently published documentation – Migrating files from HPSS – describes recommended processes for identifying and organizing HPSS holdings, copying files that need to be preserved to another storage resource, and deleting files that are no longer needed. Additional CISL Daily Bulletin announcements will follow as new tools, training, and expanded documentation become available to support the data migration. In the meantime, please contact CISL for advice on individual workflows, accessing data movers, and storage options.