Coldfront is an open source resource allocation management tool built for high performance computing centers that allows the management of Center resources and User allocations (or subscriptions) to those resources.  CCR developed this tool to allow our users the opportunity to request and manage the access they and their students or collaborators have to the many resources in CCR's data center.  





Coldfront consists of 3 parts: Projects, Subscriptions and Resources


Resources:
- CCR has over 200 distinct resources to track
- Resources include: clusters, department/lab servers, software licenses, storage, and clouds
- Some resources have limits (i.e. storage has a limit of GB, licenses have a limit of seats available)


Subscriptions:
- Subscriptions are like allocations.  They indicate what resources you have access to.
- All CCR resources require a subscription
- Subscriptions expire (these dates vary and are available when you login to Coldfront)


Projects:
- All faculty members have at least one project
- Projects have a description, field of research, grants, publications, and subscriptions to resources



Coldfront was designed to be useful in varied HPC environments.  The architecture is extensible and supports various back-ends, job schedulers, ticketing system, and is database agnostic.  CCR's implementation of this open source product interfaces with XDMoD (job metrics), SLURM (job scheduler), Eucalyptus (cloud), and FreshDesk (ticketing system).





Login to Coldfront using your UB username and CCR password: Coldfront Login


NOTE:  You must be on a UB network (either on campus or connected to the UB VPN) to access this site!





Additional information about the parts of your project record can be found here:

 

Creating a new project - new faculty users


Creating a new project - existing faculty users

 

Requesting new subscriptions

 

Adding users to your project and/or subscriptions


Removing users from your project and/or subscriptions

 

Renewing your project & account