SweStore introduction

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Technical overview

The SweStore National Storage infrastructure is implemented using the distributed storage solution dCache.

Slides on SweStore National Storage media: TekniskbeskrivningSweStore.pdf

The core services of the system is located at HPC2N at Umeå University. There are over 65 (in Nov 2011) online storage pools attached to the system and they are located at Lunarc, C3SE, NSC, PDC, Uppmax and HPC2N. A file upload usually go directly from the source to one of the storage pools without going through the core service which gives a high aggregated transfer performance for the system. All files in the SNIC part of storage are replicated on a different site for availability reasons. Unless the core services are unreachable, an entire site can be offline without any loss of functionality for SweStore.

There are several access protocols for SweStore National Storage. The primary ones being the SRM and WebDAV.

SweStore currently uses certificates for authentication. Please see, Grid certificates, for information on how to get and manage certificates.

There are no backups of data on SweStore. The files are replicated to minimize the risk of data loss due to hardware problems. But if the end user deletes a file it will be lost.

There are currently no tape backend attached to SweStore, but that may be changed in the future. The tape would be used for archiving data that hasn't been accessed for a long time.

One very nice aspect of SweStore access is that staging data in and out from grid clusters with ARC works really nice. Instead of copying data to the clusters and then copying the results out again you can let ARC do that for you. Just specify the input file URL:s you need and let ARC do the work for you.