Figure 2: Ethernet (green), USB (blue), eSATA (salmon), hard disk drive (HDD) interfaces on the Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx.
The ports include a storage cartridge connector, four USB 3.0 ports (5 Gb/s), four USB 3.1 ports (10 Gb/s), two LAN ports (1GbE), and two LAN ports (10GbE) and two eSATA 6G ports.
The Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx also comes with two eSATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) 6G ports and a 3.5" SATA Hard Disk Drive (HDD).
The setup and built-in display menus of the Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx are explained in the next section.
3.1 Setup and Configuration
Three files must be setup and configured to use the Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx: CLY-System.ini, CLY-Network.ini, and CLY-Profile.ini. These files are pictured in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Configuration files for Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx.
These files can be setup with a text editor on an external PC and copied to the CopyLynx via the USB port.
All events and actions taken on the Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx are stored in CLY-System.log file. The log file can be exported to a USB stick via the built-in display menu.
Once the initial configuration of the settings files is finished, the Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx will function as a data transfer "appliance" where only a few buttons are needed to operate the unit.
More details and examples of the configuration files below:
The CLY-System.ini file contains parameters that define the date/time, logging options, and shutdown operation. A complete list of parameters that can be set is shown in Figure 4:
Figure 4: Options for CLY-System.ini file.
The "debug" setting provides the highest level of information about operations being performed on the Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx.
These settings are applied to the entire system.
The CLY-Network.ini file defines the internet address of the network ports. The parameters are set per port as shown in Figure 5:
Figure 5: Options for CLY-Network.ini file.
The addresses can be fixed or dynamically (DHCP) allocated. The Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx manual has a full list of parameters.
The CLY-Profile.ini file defines how data is copied. It can contain multiple profiles or definitions of how to move data between two interfaces. For each individual profile definition there is always a source and a target. The brick storage cartridge is a possible source, while a network drive might be a target.
A typical copy profile consists of four key attributes:
In a given profile definition, two different "copy modes" are possible:
Some example profiles are shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6: Examples for CLY-Profile.ini file.
More example configurations, including copy mode examples, are covered further in the next sections.
3.4 “1:1 Mode”
If “1:1 mode” is set in the CLY_Profile.ini, data can be copied from one source to one target area.
For example, data can be copied from:
The two options are illustrated in Figure 7 below:
Figure 7: Using “1:1 Mode” in CLY-Profile.ini, data can be transfer from the Brick Storage Cartridge (BSC) to either an external SATA hard drive bay or to a network location.
On a target device the Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx will create subfolders for each copy process started. The subfolder
Before connecting any target device, ensure there is enough free space for the planned data transfer. The Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx won’t delete any files from a target and always creates new subfolders.
3.5 “Split Mode”
If “Split Mode” is defined in CLY_Profile.ini, then multiple files can be copied in parallel to multiple locations as shown in Figure 8 below.
Figure 8: Using “Split Mode” in CLY-Profile.ini, data can be transfer from the Brick Storage Cartridge (BSC) to multiple external drives.
This copying is done in either a disk space or speed optimized manner:
Using the buttons on the front panel, the Simcenter SCAPTOR Copylynx can be booted, cartridges managed, and files transferred.
4.1 General Menu Operation
There are three primary areas used in operating the Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx menus as shown in Figure 9:
Figure 9: System lights (left), built-in display (middle), and navigation buttons (right).
The three areas are navigation buttons (to the left of the LCD display), LCD panel display, and the system lights (to the right of the LCD display).
The general operation in these areas are shown in Figure 10.
Figure 10: General menu operation.
The system lights indicate the status of the unit with blinking versus steady lights, and by changing colors between red and green.
4.2 Booting and Home Menu
The booting and home menu is used to turn on the Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx, remove/add a cartridge, and turn the unit off. These menu options are shown in Figure 11 below.
Figure 11: The booting and home menu of the Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx.
With the system booted and a cartridge inserted, copying operations can be performed.
4.3 Initializing Storage Cartridge
Connecting or disconnecting a Storage Cartridge uses system specific interface called a Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) on top of the Simcenter SCAPTOR recorder.
The Brick Storage Cartridge (BSC) is shown in Figure 12: A single cartridge can contain up to 32 Tb of data.
Figure 12: Brick Storage Cartridge (BSC).
After connecting power to the Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx, insert the Brick Storage Cartridge. The Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx will automatically start and initialize the Cartridge with the message shown in Figure 13.
Figure 13: Cartridge initialization message.
If a Brick Storage Cartridge is already inserted before connecting power, the Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx requires manual start via OK button.
4.4 Copy Operations
After the Brick Storage Cartridge is properly inserted, files can be transferred either with a manual start or using the pre-defined profiles in CLY-Profile.ini. Before proceeding, wait until the storage cartridge copy processes is finished.
Once the cartridge is inserted and available, from the root menu a copy profile can be selected. Menu operations for selecting a copy profile are shown in Figure 14.
Figure 14: Copy profile operations.
A copy profile is preset information for a copy operation (for example, copy from SATA drive to network connection) as explained in the previous sections.
During file transfer the Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx displays the current progress for each active profile as shown in Figure 15.
Figure 15: Copy status menus from Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx.
Depending on the profile configuration several copy processes may be executed simultaneously. The Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx will always process one copy thread per target port. Starting numerous profiles simultaneously should not address the same target twice to avoid write access conflicts.
4.5 Storage Cartridge Removal
To unmount storage cartridge, wait until the copy process is finished. Then press "Unlock Key" on Brick Storage Cartridge (BSC) to securely remove the device from the recorder (Figure 16).
Figure 16: Press the unlock button on the Brick Storage Cartridge (BSC).
Confirm the storage cartridge unlock event with OK Button (Figure 17) and remove the BSC.
Figure 17: OK button.
System will now shutdown to safely remove the Storage Cartridge device (Figure 18).
Figure 18: Message during shutdown.
Wait until Start Screen is displayed before inserting the next storage cartridge.
If any problems occur, all events and actions taken on the Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx are stored in CLY-System.log file. The log file can be written to an external USB drive with the appropriate selection in the main menu.
5. File Server Mode
For manual file access to the Brick Storage Cartridge (BSC), USB, or SATA devices the Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx supports the File Server mode. This mode is activated via the root menu as shown in Figure 19:
Figure 19: File Server Mode menu settings from built-in display of Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx.
In this operating mode, connected devices are shared via ethernet server message block (SMB) or network file system (NFS) directly to a Client/Workstation computer.
1) Configure a CopyLynx Network Port as DHCP Server by importing a valid CLY-Network.ini. Alternatively configure your Workstation as DHCP Server for the CopyLynx.
2) Connect your Workstation directly to the CopyLynx configured Ethernet port as illustrated in Figure 20.
Figure 20: Direct connection for File Server Mode.
3) At your Workstation, map a new network drive. SMB username / password to login from a Windows PC to the CopyLynx network drive is ‘CopyLynx / CopyLynx’.
In File Server Mode the Copy Profiles are blocked. Simultaneous operation of Copy Mode and File Server Mode is not supported.
4) To Exit the File Server Mode, activate menu item ‘File Server Off’ in Root Menu as shown in Figure 21.
Figure 21: File Server mode is disabled from the Root Menu.
This will unmount connected devices, switch to standard Copy Mode, and re-mount all devices.
6. Transfer Speeds
The following guideline (Figure 22) gives an overview of possible speed ranges during file transfer.
Figure 22: Possible data transfer speeds of different destination options.
Many factors will influence the final transfer speed. These are:
The dimensions (in millimeters) of the Simcenter SCAPTOR CopyLynx are shown below in Figure 23.