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

Non-Sensitive Data Storage

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.
/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.

/project Available in 1TB increments $60 /TB/Yr 3-week snapshot Rivanna login and compute nodes /projectis ideal for long-term storage of data that can be accessed from Rivanna. /project is ideal 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 budget solution for storing data that can be accessed by a personal computer or Rivanna. 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. Can be used with SLURM jobs.

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.

Read more about /scratch and why you would use it.


Request Storage

Storage requests can be made from this form: