9-13 July 2018
Sofia, Bulgaria
Europe/Sofia timezone

The GridKa Tape System: status and outlook

9 Jul 2018, 11:45
Hall 8 (National Palace of Culture)

Hall 8

National Palace of Culture

presentation Track 4 - Data Handling T4 - Data handling


Dr Doris Ressmann (KIT)


Tape storage is still a cost effective way to keep large amounts of data over a long period of time. It is expected that this will continue in the future. The GridKa tape environment is a complex system of many hardware components and software layers. Configuring this system for optimal performance for all use cases is a non-trivial task and requires a lot of experience. We present the current status of the GridKa tape environment, report on recent upgrades and improvements and plans to further develop and enhance the system, especially with regard to the future requirements of the HEP experiments to their large data centers. The short-term planning mainly includes the transition from TSM to HPSS as the backend and the effects on the connection of dCache and xrootd. Recent changes of the vendor situation of certain tape technologies require a precise analysis of the impact and eventual adaptation of the mid-term planning, in particular with respect to scalability challenge that comes with HL-LHC at the horizon.

Primary author


Mr Dorin Lobontu (Karlsruhe Institut of Technology) Martin Beitzinger (Karlsruher Institut for Technology) Karin Schaefer (Karlsruher Institut for Technology) Andreas Heiss (KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (DE)) Andreas Petzold (KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (DE))

Presentation Materials