All HCC machines have three separate areas for every user to store data, each intended for a different purpose. In addition, we have a transfer service that utilizes Globus Connect.
You can access your home directory quickly using the $HOME environmental
variable (i.e. ‘
Your home directory (i.e.
/home/[group]/[username]) is meant for items
that take up relatively small amounts of space. For example: source
code, program binaries, configuration files, etc. This space is
quota-limited to 20GB per user. The home directories are backed up
for the purposes of best-effort disaster recovery. This space is not
intended as an area for I/O to active jobs. /home is mounted
read-only on cluster worker nodes to enforce this policy.
You can access your common directory quickly using the $COMMON
environmental variable (i.e. ‘
The common directory operates similarly to work and is mounted with read and write capability to worker nodes all HCC Clusters. This means that any files stored in common can be accessed from Crane and Tusker, making this directory ideal for items that need to be accessed from multiple clusters such as reference databases and shared data files.
Common is not designed for heavy I/O usage. Please continue to use your work directory for active job output to ensure the best performance of your jobs.
Quotas for common are 30 TB per group, with larger quotas available for purchase if needed. However, files stored here will not be backed up and are not subject to purge at this time. Please continue to backup your files to prevent irreparable data loss.
Additional information on using the common directories can be found in the documentation on Using the /common File System
You can access your work directory quickly using the $WORK environmental
variable (i.e. ‘
/workdirectories are not backed up. Irreparable data loss is possible with a mis-typed command. See Preventing File Loss for strategies to avoid this.
Every user has a corresponding directory under /work using the same
naming convention as
encourage all users to use this space for I/O to running jobs. This
directory can also be used when larger amounts of space are temporarily
needed. There is a 50TB per group quota; space in /work is shared
among all users. It should be treated as short-term scratch space, and
is not backed up. Please use the
hcc-du command to check your
own and your group’s usage, and back up and clean up your files at
reasonable intervals in $WORK.
HCC has a purge policy on /work for files that become dormant.
After 6 months of inactivity on a file (26 weeks), an automated
purge process will reclaim the used space of these dormant files. HCC
hcc-purge utility to list both the summary and the
actual file paths of files that have been dormant for 24 weeks.
This list is periodically generated; the timestamp of the last search
is included in the default summary output when calling
no arguments. No output from
hcc-purge indicates the last scan did
not find any dormant files.
hcc-purge -l will use the less pager to
list the matching files for the user. The candidate list can also be
accessed at the following path:
This list is updated twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays.
/work is intended for recent job output and not long term storage. Evidence of circumventing the purge policy by users will result in consequences including account lockout.
If you have space requirements outside what is currently provided, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly discuss alternatives.
Attic is a near line archive available for purchase at HCC. Attic
provides reliable large data storage that is designed to be more
/work, and larger than
/home. Access to Attic is done
through Globus Connect.
More details on Attic can be found on HCC’s Attic website.
For moving large amounts of data into or out of HCC resources, users are highly encouraged to consider using Globus Connect.
You can use your UNL Box.com account to download and upload files from any of the HCC clusters.