Large-Scale Research Data Storage

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. Sensitive data can be stored and accessed within the Ivy secure computing environment.

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 60 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 $90/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.

Sensitive Data Storage

Name Quota Price Mounted On Best Practices
Ivy Central Storage (ICS) Available in 1TB increments First TB is free, price for additional space TBD Ivy virtual machine ICS is ideal for long-term storage of sensitive data and is suitable for computation with smaller file sizes. Files stored in ICS are read-write only.
VM Storage Available in 1TB increments First TB is free, price for additional space TBD Ivy virtual machine VM Storage is suitable for storing executables and jobs that require higher I/O performance than that provided by ICS.
DDL Storage 500GB per project Currently free, price TBD Domino Data Lab This storage type is available for data science projects managed with Domino Data Lab.