There are a variety of options for storing large-scale research data at UVa. Public and moderately sensitive data storage systems can be accessed from the Rivanna high performance computing system.

Storage for Public and Moderately Sensitive Data

Name Quota Price Data Protection Accessible from Best Practices
/home 50GB Free 3-week snapshot Rivanna login and compute nodes /home is best used as a working directory when using Rivanna interactively. SLURM jobs run against /home will be slower than those run against /scratch. The /home directory is a personal storage space that is not shareable with other users.
/scratch 10TB Free Data removed 90 days after last file modification timestamp Rivanna login and compute nodes /scratch is a high performance parallel filesystem that is suitable for large scale computational work. Data should be moved from /scratch for long-term storage. The /scratch directory is for personal use and not shared with other users.

/project Available in 1TB increments $60 /TB/Yr 3-week snapshot Rivanna login and compute nodes /project is ideal for long-term storage data that can be accessed from Rivanna. /project can be used for sharing data within a research group and for running jobs with smaller files.
Value Storage Available in 1TB increments $45 /TB/Yr No backup Rivanna login and compute nodes, SMB mount Research value storage is budget solution for storing data that can be accessed by a personal computer or Rivanna. It can also be used to share data within a research group. SLURM jobs can be run against value storage but will be slower than those run against /home, /scratch, or /project.
ZFS Storage Available in 1TB increments $30 /TB/Yr No backup Rivanna login and compute nodes Research ZFS is our least expensive storage solution for data that can be accessed by Rivanna although with lower performance compared to /project. It can be used as shared storage for members of a research group.

Scratch Cleanup Policy

The Scratch filesystem is a shared resource available for the convenience of all users. Files on the scratch filesystem are subject to deletion after a certain lifespan as determined by Research Computing. Home account storage and purchased storage are not subject to this policy.

The current lifespan for scratch files is 90 days.


Request Storage

Storage requests can be made from this form: