MSST 2014 Speaker
Jason Hick, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Scalability Challenges in Large-Scale Tape Environments
Jason will discuss some of the key system design points, data policies, and day-to-day practices that contribute to maintaining a large amount of scientific data for decades. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center, DOE Office of Science’s primary user facility, currently supports 65 Petabytes of scientific data for over 4700 users, organized in about 600 different projects for a wide range of disciplines, including climate change, new materials, cosmology, physics, and protein structures. NERSC participates in the High Performance Storage System (HPSS) development collaboration to support software that enables multi-decade retention of massive amounts of user data. The presentation will aim to provide an understanding of how the organization manages it's systems and the data within, and how the archival system is adapting to support an emerging high-demand service environment.
Jason Hick graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1996 with a B.S. in Computer Science. After spending five years in the Field Artillery, he transitioned to a career as a software developer at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) in 2001. At LANL, Jason worked as a developer in the High Performance Storage System (HPSS) collaboration. In 2005, he served as team leader for the Data Storage Team with responsibility for a site-wide Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) backup solution and two HPSS multi-PB archives supporting the Advanced Scientific Computing Initiative and the follow-on Advanced Simulation & Computing programs. Jason joined NERSC in 2006 and is currently the Storage Systems Group Lead. The group has responsibility for providing center-wide file system and archival storage to NERSC users. His personal areas of focus are in storage planning and management, software development, and database administration. He serves as HPSS Technical Committee chairperson for LBNL.