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Enhanced Storage Options for Research

Staff member working on HiPerGator

Several projects nearing completion will enhance capabilities and improve the performance and stability of data storage services used for research computing.

HiPerGator currently has 2 PB of fast storage for scratch and short-term data. A new 1 PB storage has been acquired to replace older systems. The new system will provide much higher performance and also fully integrate into the scratch file system, simplifying data management for users and project-data managers.

A 1 PB storage system architecture is being deployed within the Sunshine State Education and Research Computing Alliance (SSERCA). This architecture will offer object storage, different from block storage used for traditional file systems. This 1 PB storage system allows data to be stored with multiple options for data security and replication, including replication at other SSERCA data centers such as FSU and USF.

Two ownCloud servers have been installed in the UF Data Center. One authenticates against the UF active directory and the other against Research Computing accounts. These servers allow dropbox-like functionality to upload and download files including sync-clients for Windows, Linux, MacOS, IOS, and Android.

Training sessions will be announced soon. In the meantime, please contact the Research Computing staff with any questions about using high performance computing resources.