CRC Accounts

Accounts are available to faculty, staff, and students at the University of Idaho and external users. We especially encourage those who are pursing computationally intensive research associated with the IBEST COBRE project or the Idaho INBRE project.

How to get a CRC account

In order that the CRC can become a sustainable entity, we do charge a quarterly fee for each user account. If you are on the UI campus and are a Primary Investigator, you can log into our accounts management page and make requests there.

For off-campus account requests (or any issues with the above linked site), please email us, and we'd be happy to get you set up.

You will then get an email from one of our friendly neighborhood Systems Administrators when your account has been created.

Standard Accounts

Individual accounts will provide access to all of the currently available CRC systems. Including but not limited to:

Individual accounts utilize a set of shared resources that will be used by many researchers. As such, we reserve the right to limit the use of these systems to ensure that all account holders have fair access to the resources. In times of heavy usage, it may be impossible to ensure that jobs can be run instantaneously, but we will do everything within our capabilities to ensure that all users have faire and equal access to the systems. There are certain systems that will require prior approval to utilize to ensure appropriate usage.

In addition to system access, account holders are entitled to:

Requests will be addressed in the order they are received and will be responded to during normal business hours (9am-5pm M-F PST). Our staff monitors system health and will respond to system outages and other issues that affect multiple users.

Each CRC account is associated with an individual user. We do not allow multiple users to share an account. This policy is necessary to ensure equal access to computational resources among all users and accountability in the case of policy violations.

Satellite Accounts

The second account type, a Satellite account, must be associated with a Standard account - and offers more limited access to the CRC systems for undergraduate students, pilot studies, and users who simply need fewer resources. A satellite account is limited to 100GB of data, 30 simultaneous nodes on the cluster, and fewer standalone servers. The details can be found here.

Inactive Accounts

If you have a CRC account, but do not anticipate using the computational services for some time and would like to have your data remain on the servers, an Inactive Account is what you need. You can request the inactive account service through the accounts management page.

Use of Central Computing Storage (Lustre/Gluster/Ceph)

We maintain a complex high performance distributed file system where user data is stored. This storage system is shared among all our computational systems, and is intended only for active research related data only. You may not use the storage system for:

Once an account has expired, the account holder or PI will have 30 days to download their data before the account is closed and the data is removed. We will maintain your data in central storage for up to one calendar year if you request the Inactive Account service (above). University of Idaho users may request their data to be delivered on flash drive or hard drive.

University of Idaho Policies

Users are also expected to comply with policies listed in the Administrative Procedures Manual regarding Information Technology Services.

Educational Usage

We support educational use of the CRC through dedicated classroom servers, and our new classroom cluster. Access to the classroom servers will be granted with a simple request sent to ibest-crc@uidaho.edu with a list of students who are enrolled in the class.

Hardware

The CRC maintains two fully modern standalone classroom servers with our full software stack that we can grant student (and instructor) access to. These are:

The CRC also maintains a classroom cluster with 16 compute nodes. The cluster hardware is primarily intended for classes on the topics of Parallel Computing, High Performance Computing, and Systems Administration. When not being used for these purposes, the cluster is available to students enrolled in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology related classes.

Off-Campus Usage

Instructors with bioinformatics related courses wishing to use the classroom cluster and/or standalone servers should request access by sending an email to comp-core@uidaho.edu. There is a setup fee for off-campus usage based on the number of students enrolled in the class.

Connection to the classroom servers from off-campus is by VPN (OpenVPN). The instructor and or Students will be responsible for VPN client installation on remote computers.

General Policies

#### Student Accounts #### For cases where access to a compute cluster is _necessary_ for student projects, students may be granted access to standard CRC systems, including central computing storage - with the following limitations: + Student data will not be backed up, and is limited to 250GB. All student data will be deleted at the end of the class. + Student data is limited to that data directly necessary to complete the class projects. + Students may not submit jobs to the 'long' or 'inf' queues on compute clusters. + Students are limited to 32 concurrent processor cores on compute clusters. + Troubleshooting issues and requests for help using the systems should first be directed to the class instructor. If the instructor is unable to resolve the issue, the request can be submitted to ibest-crc@uidaho.edu + Student accounts may be revoked at any time for violations of these policies, or for violating [UI policies](http://www.uidaho.edu/apm/30) regarding Information Technology Services. + The instructor of record for the class must have a Standard Account with the CRC in order to be familiar enough with the systems to provide assistance to their students.