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Standard terms for use of the Supercomputer facilities (Computerome) at DTU

  • The user account is personal and shall not be shared with other persons.
  • Minimum amount of resources that will be billed to a user is a full node, i.e. 28 cores (Thin nodes) or 32 cores (Fat nodes).
  • The user account shall not be used for other purposes than those for which resource allocation has been granted.
  • Passwords shall be kept secret and shall not be transmitted over insecure channels.
  • The user shall not engage in sabotage or other damaging or disruptive activities against Computerome facilities or other users, nor attempt to gain unauthorized access to Computerome systems. This includes, but is not limited to, circumventing accounting mechanisms to use more resources than have been allocated.
  • Any indications of security problems, signs of intrusion or suspect activity from other users shall immediately be reported to Computerome support (HPC@bio.dtu.dk)



Users

  • Users are defined as persons with access to an account at Computerome.
  • If the access is granted as part of an agreement with a company or a group, it is the company or the group owners’s responsibility to ensure that the employee or the group member knows and follows the standard terms of usage.



Rates

Per November 1, 2018, these are the rate per node per hour in DKK excluding VAT.

Rates are subject to change yearly and will be updated when the costs for the next period are present. For exact rates please refer to your contract with the Center.

Danish universities, foreign Academic institutions

Thin node

DKK 3.64/node hour

28 CPU cores/node: DKK 0.13/CPU core hour

Fat node

DKK 4.16/node hour

32 CPU cores/node: DKK 0.13/CPU core hour

Storage

DKK 0.08/GB/Month

Counted in TB units (1024GB = 1TB) of filesystem reported size


If your research is funded by grants from the EU, please contact Computerome support to ensure that the cost can be covered by this funding. 


Historical prices can be found here.

Private companies and other external users

Please send mail to Computerome support for quote.



Enforcement

  • Breach of these rules may result in account termination and/or legal prosecution.



Additional rules

  • The user shall inform Computerome of any changes immediately to e-mail address: HPC@bio.dtu.dk
  • The user agrees to acknowledge the use of the Computerome resources in any article or scientific publication resulting from, or utilizing, the project calculations and to submit a copy on demand to Computerome team.
  • The user must de-register with HPC@bio.dtu.dk when access to Computerome resources is no longer needed.



Limitations of service

  • The user account is time limited and may be terminated if the user’s current affiliation is ended.
  • Service is provided on a best effort basis. Although Computerome staff takes professional pride in maintaining a high level of service, no guarantees are made for system uptime or data integrity unless an SLA is specified in your contract with Computerome.



Software Licensing and User Support

  • Software installed and delivered through the Environment Module system on Computerome (Tools) is provided on free, Open Source or Academic Licensing terms.
  • If you use any of the Tools for commercial purposes, you are sole responsible for acquiring necessary agreements with relevant software providers.
  • Computerome provide Tools installation, maintenance and upgrade services, however we do not provide end-user support on individual Tools.



Regular scheduled maintenance


Regular, scheduled maintenence is performed on Computerome every first Tuesday of every month

This maintenance is done on the running system and should be unnoticeable to users; however, occasionately some users may notice a slight performance drop during an update.



Recovery, backup and archiving

Self-service recovery using snapshots

Computerome provides a self-service snapshot recovery option, enabling you to retrieve individual files or whole directory structures that you may have accidentally deleted on a network drive, up to one week back.

To use it, you go to the directory that used to contain the missing file, and change to the hidden .snapshot directory, where you will find a number of timestamped subdirectories:

$ cd oops_I_deleted_something
$ cd .snapshot
$ ls -l
total 88
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  2 09:44 daily_2016.11.02_23:45
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  2 09:44 daily_2016.11.03_23:45
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  4 09:18 daily_2016.11.04_23:45
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  4 09:18 daily_2016.11.05_23:45
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  4 09:18 daily_2016.11.06_23:45
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  4 09:18 daily_2016.11.07_23:45
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  8 17:24 daily_2016.11.08_23:45
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 daily_2016.11.09_23:45
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.09_16:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.09_17:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.09_18:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.09_19:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.09_20:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.09_21:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.09_22:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.09_23:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.10_00:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.10_01:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.10_02:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.10_03:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.10_04:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.10_05:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.10_06:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.10_07:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.10_08:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.10_09:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  9 14:50 hourly_2016.11.10_10:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov 10 10:39 hourly_2016.11.10_11:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov 10 10:39 hourly_2016.11.10_12:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov 10 10:39 hourly_2016.11.10_13:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov 10 13:36 hourly_2016.11.10_14:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov 10 13:36 hourly_2016.11.10_15:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov 10 13:36 hourly_2016.11.10_16:00
drwx------ 77 <myaccount> <mygroup> 3638 Nov  4 09:18 weekly_2016.11.04_23:45

Now you just need to go to the subdirectory corresponding to when you last had the items in question, and recover them using cp command.

Backup

Computerome provides weekly incremental backup system with 1-year retention time. However, it does not provide file versioning ,i.e., only the last version of every file is kept.

Users must specify precisely which directory structures, folders and files are to be included in the backup.

Off-lining

To save space (and money) on the high-performance storage system, it is possible to off-line folders that are not currently being used. Off-lining is a process where the folder is moved to a Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) system, leaving only a text-file with folder metadata.

Off-lining is performed when requested by the user.

Archiving

Computerome does not provide long-term archiving of data.

For any data that is to be stored longer than the 1-year backup retention period, the user must provide an own archiving solution.