Walter Schön has a Ph.D in physics and is working in the field of computer science. He is head of the department for High Performance Computing at GSI/FAIR.
GSI operates a worldwide unique large-scale accelerator facility for heavy ions. In the coming years the new international accelerator facility FAIR, one of the largest research projects worldwide, will be built at GSI. At FAIR an unprecedented variety of experiments will be possible. Scientists from all over the world will be able to gain new insights into the structure of matter and the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang to the present. A large Lustre* file system is used currently as the file system for the compute-clusters of GSI. For FAIR, this file system will be enlarged significantly. At GSI/FAIR, data archiving is handled by the Tivoli* Storage Manager (TSM).
Managing the 100s of PB of data expected from the FAIR experiments will require a HSM copytool that seamlessly integrates into the Lustre HSM framework and TSM storage backends such as tape drives.
For the FAIR project and in general for academic environments and enterprises archiving capabilities of Lustre are of great benefit and importance.