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GPFS-WAN User Guide

warning GPFS-WAN was decommissioned in June 2012. Storage options are available at SDSC include Data Oasis and SDSC Cloud.

Transferring data from GPFS-WAN:

For moving files, users are encouraged to make use of Globus Online - a free, fast, and reliable service for large file transfer. This service provides a solution to data movement challenges over GridFTP by providing a robust, secure, and highly monitored environment for file transfers that has powerful yet easy-to-use interfaces. Globus Online simplifies secure data movement without requiring construction of custom end-to-end systems. For details about the service, visit https://www.globusonline.org/about.

Steps for using Globus Online

  1. If you don't have an account on Globus Online (free), please create one at https://www.globusonline.org/SignUp.
  2. Choose sdsc#gpfswan as one of the endpoints. Set path as /gpfs-wan. You can also choose sdsc#trestles-dm as the end point, if you have an account on Trestles.
  3. A pop-up window requiring MyProxy details will appear. Please enter myproxy.teragrid.org for MyProxy server, your XSEDE/portal username and passphrase.
  4. Choose a suitable destination endpoint to transfer your files.
  5. Select your directory/files and initiate transfer.

Additional information on Globus Online can be found at the XSEDE Globus Online User Guide at https://www.xsede.org/web/guest/globus-online.

About GPFS-WAN:

GPFS-WAN (Global Parallel File System-Wide Area Network) is a 613-TB storage system. The system is physically located at SDSC and is mounted on Trestles. GPFS-WAN is recommended for long- or short-term data storage of high-volume multi-site runs, as well as for large XSEDE-based data collections. GPFS-WAN has three partitions, each with its own policy regarding access, allocation, and data preservation: 1) a Long term collections area; 2) a Projects Area; and 3) Scratch Area (for short term data analysis).

System Configuration

GPFS-WAN consists of p575 nodes with 16 GB of memory per node. Each node is divided into two Logical Paritions (LPARs) for a total of 32 NSD servers. There is a total of 2GB/s of bandwidth from each NSD server. The total capacity of GPFS-WAN is ~613 TB (RAID 6). All the nodes are directly and redundantly connected to the storage.


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