3 Directories and data storage at CSC

The CSC supercomputing environment allows researchers to analyse and manage large datasets. Even with a normal CSC user account the researchers can work with datasets that contain several terabytes of data. Each CSC user has access to four personal disk areas that can be used for processing data.  For long term data storage, customers of CSC can use HPC archive server or IDA service. 

Knowing the basic features of different disk storage areas is essential, if you wish to use the CSC computing services effectively.

Table 3.1: Standard user directories at CSC. The  HPC Archive is used through iRODS commands, and it is not mounted to CSC computing environment as a directory. Directories that can be accessed via Scientist's User Interface web portal are marked with an asterisk (*).

Directory or storage area Intended use Default quota/user Storage time Backup
$HOME * Initialization scripts, source codes, small data files.
Not for running programs or research data.
50 GB Data will be deleted 90 days after closing the account Yes
$USERAPPL Users' own application software. 50 GB Data will be deleted 90 days after closing the account Yes
$WRKDIR * Temporary data storage. 5 TB 90 days No
$TMPDIR Temporary users' files.   2 days No
project Common storage for project members. A project can consist of one or more user accounts. On request. Data will be deleted 90 days after closing the project No
HPC Archive * Long term storage. 2,5 TB Permanent Two copies maintained
IDA Long term storage. On request Permanent Part of the Open Science and Research services.
Pouta Object Stoirage Storage and sharing 1 TB Permanent  


The directories listed in the table above can be accessed through linux command line usage.  $HOME, $WRKDIR and HPC Archive can also be accessed through the Scientist's User Interface web portal (https://sui.csc.fi). When you are working on command line, you can utilize automatically defined environment variables that contain the directory paths to different disk areas (excluding project disk for which there is no environment variable). So, if you would like to move to your work directory you could do that with command:


similarly, copying a file data.txt to your work directory could be done with command:

cp data.txt $WRKDIR/

In the following chapters you can find more detailed introductions to the usage and features of different user specific disk areas.


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