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File System Quota


This page contains information about quota limits on the parallel file system. Quotas are enabled to control the file system usage.

Job abortion

Jobs will fail if no more disk space can be allocated, or if no more files can be created because the respective quota hard limit is exceeded


space quota file quota backup expiration
HOME 1TB 1M yes -
WORKSPACE free: up to 10TB per research group1 1M per TB yes 1 year2
SCRATCH 30TB3 10M3 no 1 month4

Display quota information

A quota tool is delivered with the Workspace module:

$ quota
UniBE Workspace Quota report
                    :  used (GB)(   %), quota (GB) |  files used(   %),      quota
HOME                :        420( 41%),       1024 |      773425( 77%),    1000000
Workspace1          :        101(  1%),      10240 |           3(  0%),   10000000
Furthermore, there is a more detailed version using the -l or --long option
$ quota -l
UniBE Workspace Quota report
                    : free quota,  used (GB)(   %), quota (GB) |  files used(   %),      quota | start date(1), average quota(2)
HOME                :        all,        421( 41%),       1024 |      796058( 79%),    1000000 |              ,
SCR_usr             :        all,        269(  0%),      30720 |          22(  0%),   10000000 |              ,
Workspace1          :          5,        101(  1%),      10240 |           4(  0%),   10000000 |    2021-02-25,           7.5833

(0) space names starting with "SCR_" refer to the personal (usr) or Workspace SCRATCH quota.
(1) accounting period start date, The date from which the average usage is computed.
(2) file space average quota (not files), calculated by the average of messured values in the actual accounting period.

In the last example the workspace Workspace1 has 5TB of free quota, and a total of 10TB of quota (5TB additional storage requested). The start date defines the start of the accounting period and the average quota is computed as average over all datapoints starting from start date. Furthermore, the SCRATCH quota is presented starting with SCR_, where SCR_usr is your personal SCRATCH quota and SCR_ plus Workspace name the group quota of the Workspace group in the scratch fileset. Workspace SCRATCH quota is only presented if a quota is set and the quota -l option selected.

data gathering

  • Workspaces: Workspace quota information is gathered twice a day. Thus the presented data may not completely represent the current state.
  • HOME and SCRATCH: values presented are actual values directly gathered from the file system

Note: the coloring of the relative values is green (<70%), yellow (70% < x < 90%), red (>90%).

advanced quota method

The following mmlsquota command present you actual values from the file system. For $HOME:

$ mmlsquota --block-size=G -u $USER rs_gpfs:svc_homefs
                         Block Limits                                               |     File Limits
Filesystem Fileset    type             KB      quota      limit   in_doubt    grace |    files   quota    limit in_doubt    grace  Remarks
rs_gpfs    svc_homefs USR       444181792 1073741824 1073741824    6072144     none |   815985 1000000  1000000     2462     none

The --block-size option specify the unit {K , M, G, T} in which the numbers of blocks are displayed:

mmlsquota --block-size=G -j workspace1 rs_gpfs
                         Block Limits                                    |     File Limits
Filesystem type             GB      quota      limit   in_doubt    grace |    files   quota    limit in_doubt    grace  Remarks
rs_gpfs    FILESET          57      10240      11264          0     none |        5 10000000 11000000        0     none

The output shows the quotas for a worspace called Workspace1. The quotas are set to a soft limit of 10240 GB, and a hard limit of 11264 GB. 57 GB is currently allocated to the workspace. An in_doubt value greater than zero means that the quota system has not yet been updated as to whether the space that is in doubt is still available or not.

If the user/workspace exceeds the soft limit, the grace period will be set to one week. If usage is not reduced to a level below the soft limit during that time, the quota system interprets the soft limit as the hard limit and no further allocation is allowed. The user(s) can reset this condition by reducing usage enough to fall below the soft limit. The maximum amount of disk space the workspace/user can accumulate during the grace period is defined by the hard limit. The same information is also displayed for the file limits (number of files).

Request Higher Quota Limits

clean before ask

Make sure to clean up your directories before requesting additional storage space.

There will be no quota increase for HOME directories. Additional storage for workspaces can be requested by the workspace owner or the deputy, see Workspace Management

  1. Each research group can use up to 10TB of free disk storage in multiple Workspaces free of charge. Quota increase can be purchased, see Workspace Management

  2. Workspaces are meant to be active directories and no archive. Workspace are active by default for one year. The duration can every time be extended to “current date plus one year”. 

  3. Scratch quota is currently implemented per user 

  4. There is a automatic removal policy planned, but not implemented yet 

Last update: 2023-11-17