Applying for a storage project

SNIC and UPPMAX systems are suitable for analysing active datasets. A storage project is needed if you are planning to work on Rackham with more than 100 GB.  

N.B.: If you need a place to store data for backup or some other convenience, please do not request a project at UPPMAX.

Before submitting a proposal for storage project

  1. Are you working with sensitive personal data? Please apply for a SNIC SENS project instead.
  2. Make sure you have a compute project. You can use the same compute project for multiple datasets. A submitted proposal for a compute project is sufficient.
  3. Make sure you actually need a new storage project. It is often easier to manage one large storage area than multiple smaller areas. If you already have a storage project, a new project can be appropriate if, for example, a different group of people will be working with the different datasets.
  4. Backup on Crex exists as a 30-day incremental backup. Keeping a primary copy of your data elsewhere is recommended, because it does happen that users accidentally destroy their own data and don't notice for more than 30 days.

Submitting a proposal for storage project

  1. Figure out how much raw data you're going to get, in GB.
    • If you're going to work from existing databases, this is relatively straightforward.
    • If an NGS platform is producing data for you, they can provide an estimate.​
  2. Estimate the "expansion factor", i.e. how much additional data you'll produce when analyzing the raw data. This number is usually 1.5x-3x, sometimes more.
  3. Calculate a final estimate of your total storage needs. This is "GB of raw data" times "expansion factor".
    • ​If you need less than 128 GB: you don't need a storage project! Just use your compute project's storage. 
    • ​If you need less than 10 TB: you need a Small storage project.
    • ​If you need less than 100 TB: you need a Medium storage project.
    • ​If you need more than 100 TB: you need a Large storage project (call for proposals open 2x per year, contact UPPMAX support for more information).
  4. Go to SUPR. Log in.
  5. Go to the appropriate storage round (Rounds -> Storage rounds). Small UPPMAX or Medium. Create a new proposal.
  6. Complete the proposal and submit.
    1. Project Title should be the topic of your activity.
    2. Edit Basic Information.
      1. Abstract should summarise your research plan. If you are working with human, clinical, or medical data, please clearly state that this is not sensitive personal data.
      2. Resource Usage should describe the data you're going to store. Show how you estimated your projected needs.
      3. Data Management Plan should answer at least the following questions: 
        1. The type of data to be stored (genomes, fastq files, image data, .tiff files, etc).
        2. Whether the data can be considered sensitive personal data.
        3. A brief timeplan for the data. Where will you move the data when/if you are done working on it at UPPMAX? When do you expect this to occur?
        4. Do you have a copy of the primary data stored elsewhere? While UPPMAX takes steps to ensure the integrity and survival of your data, this is not a guarantee and we recommend taking a personal responsibility for your data.
    3. Add co-investigators (if any).
    4. If someone other than the PI needs control over the project, assign a co-investigator the role of proxy.
    5. Add the Crex resource to the proposal and set the Requested Capacity to your total storage needs. You may ignore the other fields, if any.
    6. Submit the Proposal.