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From:   Pawel Dziekonski <>
Date:   02/12/2018 10:18 AM
Subject:        [gpfsug-discuss] Configuration advice
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Hi All,

I inherited from previous admin 2 separate gpfs machines.
All hardware+software is old so I want to switch to new
servers, new disk arrays, new gpfs version and new gpfs

Each machine has 4 gpfs filesystems and runs a TSM HSM
client that migrates data to tapes using separate TSM
GPFS+HSM no 1 -> TSM server no 1 -> tapes
GPFS+HSM no 2 -> TSM server no 2 -> tapes

Migration is done by HSM (not GPFS policies).

All filesystems are used for archiving results from HPC
system and other files (a kind of backup - don't ask...).
Data is written by users via nfs shares. There are 8 nfs
mount points corresponding to 8 gpfs filesystems, but there
is no real reason for that.

4 filesystems are large and heavily used, 4 remaining 
are almost not used.

The question is how to configure new gpfs infrastructure?
My initial impression is that I should create a GPFS cluster
of 2+ nodes and export NFS using CES.  The most important
question is how many filesystem do I need? Maybe just 2 and
8 filesets?
Or how to do that in a flexible way and not to lock myself
in stupid configuration?

any hints?
thanks, Pawel

ps. I will recall all data and copy it to new
infrastructure.  Yes, that's the way I want
to do that. :)

Pawel Dziekonski <>,

Wroclaw Centre for Networking & Supercomputing, HPC Department
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