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Condo Storage Service

Summary

Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) offers a Condo Storage service for researchers who are Savio Condo Cluster contributors and need additional persistent storage to hold their data sets while using the Savio cluster. Researchers pay a one-time upfront cost for this storage, which is available in 112 TB increments at a cost of $5,750 each (plus sales tax) (price subject to change due to supply chain issues). The storage is maintained by BRC for a 5-year period thereafter at no additional cost to the researcher. Please feel free to contact us with your questions about this offering.

Overview

By default, each user on Savio is entitled to a 10 GB home directory which receives regular backups; in addition, each Condo-using research group receives up to 200 GB of project space to hold research specific application software shared among the group's users. All users also have access to the large Savio high performance scratch filesystem for working with non-persistent data.

This Condo Storage service supplements the above offerings. It is intended to provide a cost-effective, persistent storage solution for users or research groups that need to import and store large data sets over a long period of time to support their use of Savio. (Note that data stored in Condo Storage should be copied to scratch when actually carrying out your compute.)

Program Detail

Similar in concept to the Condo Computing program, BRC provides the storage infrastructure consisting of a DataDirect Networks 18K storage server and covers the cost of supporting the system. Researchers can purchase storage shelves and have them hosted in the BRC storage infrastructure. This allows researchers to 1) pay a one-time upfront cost for the storage without having to incur ongoing support costs; and 2) pay only for the incremental cost of the storage shelf and disk drives because the cost of the storage servers and disk controllers are covered by BRC. Storage shelves are purchased and maintained on a 5-year life cycle. At the end of 5 yrs, Condo Storage contributors who wish to continue participating in the program will be offered one of the following options, and possibly both: (1) purchase new storage; or (2) cover the cost of annual vendor hardware maintenance for their existing storage shelves. Which of these options are available will depend on when the contributor’s storage was purchased, and when the BRC Program determines that server hardware for the storage infrastructure must be upgraded.

Backups

Backups are the responsibility of the owner of the storage. Faculty can work with BRC and IST staff to obtain regular backups or to set up regular filesystem snapshots.

Testing

Users who wish to test the performance of Condo Storage can run their tests using their home or group directories, which use the same hardware. We request that users copy their data to /global/scratch to perform computation, especially computation with heavy I/O usage, rather than running it directly on Condo Storage.

Purchasing

Interested faculty and PIs should contact us at brc-hpc-help@berkeley.edu for further information. BRC will assist with entering a storage shelf purchase requisition in increments of 112 TB, and initiate the procurement. The entire process from start to production is anticipated to be 6 weeks.

Eligibility

The Condo Storage service is available only to UC Berkeley faculty who are Savio Condo Cluster Service contributors.