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NCAR Provides Supercomputing Resources

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is soliciting requests for supercomputing allocations from NSF-supported university researchers in atmospheric, oceanic, and closely related sciences. Allocations to researchers have more than doubled because of the large capacity of the new IBM...

In this tutorial you will learn about the data storage systems available for academic research at the University of Minnesota.

MSI Purchases New Storage System

UPDATE: The new storage system will be activated on January 9, 2013. All data should be migrated to the new system during January - July 2013. Complete information can be found on the Panasas Migration Guide webpage. The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) is putting into a production a new...

Protection of Data in Scratch Storage

MSI’s shared scratch storage volume has been heavily utilized during the months of June and July, so much so that on one occasion all jobs writing to scratch failed because scratch reached its capacity. Since this incident, we have been working one-on-one with users to prevent future failures by...

How do I manage storage quotas with regards to volumes and snapshots?

Storage quotas are always the easiest to fill Remember to delete unused volumes and snapshots to free quota Boot VMs with small volumes (~10GB) and move large workspace volumes between VMs Email help@msi.umn.edu if you would like to purchase a larger quota (1 TB/yr increments)

New Data Storage Option for MSI Researchers

In the fall of 2014, MSI added a Ceph object storage system as an option for second-tier storage for MSI users. Many MSI researchers are in disciplines that use huge amounts of data, such as informatics, genomics, and astrophysics. Often, much of this data does not need to be stored on a machine...

1/9/13: New Storage System Installed

On January 9, 2013, MSI installed a Panasas ActivStor 14 to provide high-speed, high-capacity storage for home directories and project space. We want you to know that there may be some effort required on your part. We have created documentation to assist you in determining what you will need to do...

What is Tier II Storage?

Tier II is the same archive storage that is available to the rest of MSI. Tier II allows Public sharing options for data. Only use Tier II for unprotected data! Do not put dbGaP data or any other data covered by policy into Tier II! Move data between S3 Cache, S3 Secure, and Tier II using the mc or...

How do I use Globus to transfer data to Second Tier Storage at MSI?

MSI has a Globus endpoint on the MSI Second Tier storage system, with endpoint name umnmsi#tier2 . This endpoint allows MSI users to transfer data to and from MSI Second Tier storage. MSI Second Tier storage exists on Ceph shared filesystem, and Globus has released a Ceph connector, which enables...

How do I transfer data on Second Tier Storage between users?

An approved self-service workflow has been developed by MSI to detail the process in transferring data from one user to another using Second Tier Storage. A good example of a use case for this scenario is when one member of a group is leaving the University and wants to transfer all data they own...

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