Welcome to the Campus Research Storage Pool (CRSP)

1. Overview

CRSP is a network-based multi-Petabyte storage cluster for the UCI campus research community. It is being put in place so that researchers across UCI have a reliable and resilient location to store their research data and share with defined groups.

CRSP is available across the network, it supports multiple modes of storing and retrieving data: including web browsers, "folders" on laptops, and just another file path on UCI’s High-performance computing clusters.

UCI Faculty members have (1) no cost baseline capacity available for their research and (2) low-cost recharge allocation to fulfill their needs that go above this baseline allocation. See pricing.

CRSP is built with industry leading storage technology to ensure data high availibility and resiliency. It is multisite and comprised of commodity server components from Dell for cost-effective scaling and performance. The underlying parallel file system is SpectrumScale GPFS with additional support and integration software from Arcastream.

While there are many possible use cases, a driving one is:

A faculty researcher and the data needed to support his/her lab, graduate students and postdocs. In this model, a lab "drive" or "area" is created on CRSP and logically owned by the researcher. The drive owner can specify additional users who have read/write capability on the drive and how much space each could consume.

CRSP must not be used to store personally-identifiable information that would fall under guidelines such as FERPA (e.g. Student data), and HIPAA (health-care data). If you are unsure if CRSP is suitable for your data, please refer to general guidance for data security provided by the UCI Office of Research

3. Pricing

No cost baseline allocation: 1TB per researcher

CRSP is funded through central campus to guarantee a fixed amount of no-cost storage to any faculty member or staff researcher who requests space.

Recharge allocation: recharge rate is $60/TB/year

These campus funds pay for the people, the baseline infrastructure, and vendor maintenance required to provide the robust infrastructure. Researchers who require more capacity than the baseline allocation, can purchase additional capacity, billed annually via campus recharge. The recharge is computed on the basis of recovering the cost of additional space.

4. Shared and Private Areas

At launch, users have access to default Shared and Private areas on CRSP.

Shared Area - LAB

We expect that most allocated space on CRSP is located in lab area which is a per-researcher shared area that we call the LAB area. The LAB areas provide the most flexibility for access control and sharing.

Private Area - HOME

This allocation space is for $HOME directories.

CRSP lab shared
Figure 1. LAB (shared) and HOME (private) areas comparison.

5. CRSP access methods

CRSP data could be accessed via the following methods:

  1. SFTP

    Users can use a Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) client, such as, filezilla, cyberduck (for MAC), winFTP, CuteFTP to access their respective shares in CRSP.

    We support SFTP client WebDrive from by webdrive.com and provide a licensed version of the WebDrive.

  2. Web Browser

    Web Browser Access is available only on UCI Network or VPN For lightweight CRSP resource usage, one can use a web browser based access. This application supports file or directory uploads and downloads and is capable of in-browser edit capabilities for certain file types. To find out more information about CRSP web browser based access, click here.

  3. SSHFS

    For accessing CRSP shares from a Linux system (i.e. Linux laptop or desktop), users can use SSHFS. Project website https://github.com/libfuse/sshfs.

  4. NFS

    Users can access their CRSP HOME and LAB areas on HPC and HPC3. The CRSP is available via NFS mount in /share/crsp/<mountpoint>.