PACE A Partnership for an Advanced Computing Environment

January 17, 2014

Scratch Quota Policies are Changing

Filed under: tech support — Semir Sarajlic @ 6:50 pm

We would like to give you a heads up of some upcoming adjustments to the scratch space quotas.

Current policy is a 10TB soft quota and a 20TB hard quota.  Given the space problems we’ve been having with the scratch, we will be adjusting this to a 5TB soft quota, and a 7 TB hard quota.  This change should only affect a small handful of users.  Given the close proximity to our maintenance next week, we will be making this change at the end of January.  This is an easy first step that we can take to start addressing the recent lack of space on scratch storage.  We are looking at a broad spectrum of other policy and technical changes, including changing retention times, improving our detection of “old” files, as well as increasing capacity.  If you have any suggestions for other adjustments to scratch policy, please feel free to let us know (

Please remember that the scratch space is intended for transient data – not as a long term place to keep things.

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