MSI Storage Resources

MSI Data Storage Resources

MSI provides data storage services to support high performance computing or big data applications that are related to research activities by UMN faculty.

High Performance General Purpose Storage

All MSI researchers have access to a high-performance, high capacity storage platform. This system currently provides 1.4 PB (peta bytes) of storage. The integrity of the data is protected by daily snapshots and tape backups. It has sustained read and write speeds of up to 25 GB/sec.    

There is default access to this storage by any MSI group with an active account. Very large needs can be also met, but need to be approved by the MSI faculty allocation committee. More details are available on the MSI Storage Allocation Guidelines page.  

Scratch Storage

Attached to each supercomputer, MSI provides large capacity and high performance storage to be used while the applications are running on the supercomputer. MSI operates an additional 1.3 PB of storage in this modality. This storage is connected to the general purpose storage by fast links.

Access to scratch storage does not need to be requested. It is part of any supercomputing allocation for computer time.  There are no quotas on this system, nor backups. Typically data is stored for 30 days or less.

Archival Storage

MSI operates a deep archive solution, a SpectraLogic T950 tape library, currently with two frames and expandable to 8 frames.  Its current capacity of 3.5 PB, and can be expanded to 30 PB. This is a convenient solution for long term, offline storage.

Big Data/Hadoop 

MSI operates a 40-node hadoop cluster to aid users with big data analytics needs. Any MSI user can request access to this combined storage and compute option for analytic type work.