Computing: Data File Storage (Aurora) (GB)
- Designed for safe data storage
- No cost
- Petabytes available
- Research groups own their own data
- Access is easy
Aurora, EMSL's scientific data archive, is a dedicated computer system specifically designed for long-term storage of data collected by EMSL instruments. It is available at no cost to EMSL users who are part of an active EMSL user proposal.
Aurora is safe.
- Designed to safely & securely hold data on a long-term basis
- Stores multiple copies of data to protect from data loss in case of media failure
- Expertly maintained by skilled information systems professionals from EMSL's Molecular Sciences Computing Group
- Monitored continuously for optimum performance
Aurora is free.
- No cost
- Petabytes of available storage
Aurora is easy to use.
- Research groups own the data
- Researchers have full control to share files as needed to best serve their research projects
- Simple, straightforward access is available through Windows file sharing, FTP, and SCP protocols
ABOUT THE AURORA FILE SYSTEM (/ARCHIVE)
Aurora is based on IBM's High Performance Storage System (HPSS) with customizations specific to EMSL. The EMSL customizations provide simple access methods for users who are not accustomed to HPSS.
HPSS uses a combination of high-performance disk storage and high-capacity tape storage. This allows a good tradeoff between performance and expense for high-capacity storage systems. New files are written first to disk then copied to tape shortly thereafter. After a period of time, the disk copy will be deleted to save space, leaving the data on tape.
HOW TO TRANSFER FILES TO AURORA
For users outside of PNNL, use FTP, SFTP, or SCP to transfer data from aurora.emsl.pnl.gov. SecureID credentials are necessary to login.
For users inside PNNL, there are several transfer methods:
- FTP, SFTP, or SCP to aurora.emsl.pnl.gov. Use RSA SecureID credentials to login.
- TLS-enabled FTP to aurora.emsl.pnl.gov on port 2121. Use Kerberos/PNL domain credentials to login.
- CIFS (Windows mount) at aurora.emsl.pnl.gov:/archive. Use Kerberos/PNL domain credentials to login.
GETTING AN AURORA ACCOUNT
All EMSL users who are part of an active EMSL user proposal are allowed access to Aurora. Request an account by contacting your PI (or by requesting an account using IOPS if you are an internal user).
Aurora is a permanent file system that is backed up daily. If you will need more than 500 GB of space for storing your files, include this information in your request.
Recently created or recently accessed files in the archive are likely to be stored on disk, and access to them will be fast. Files that are particularly large or have not been accessed in some time may only be stored on tape. In this case, it may take up to a minute to access the file contents because Aurora's tape robot must automatically retrieve the correct tape and begin transferring the data.
It is important not to try to search for data in large numbers of files while they are in the archive, as tape access times will cause such a process to be slow. Instead, retrieve copies of the files to a local file system with good performance and perform the operation(s) there.
When storing data in Aurora, it is important to store fewer, larger files vs. many smaller files. Users are encouraged to use utilities such as ZIP and TAR to collate their data before transferring it to Aurora for long-term storage.
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