RESTRICTED ACCESS:  Access to CCR HPC & web portal resources is restricted to the Roswell Park secure networks.  You will not be able to access CCR servers and websites from the patient wifi or any other insecure wifi networks at RPCI.  Roswell employees who wish to connect to UB CCR from off-campus must first connect to the Roswell VPN.

Accounts & Access

RPCI researchers and their students and staff are permitted to have access to the RPCI hardware CCR maintains and a shared group directory as part of the RPCI storage purchase.  Additional CCR resources may be available for some PI groups depending on affiliation at UB and NIH grant funding.


Account requests MUST come from a Roswell Park researcher (i.e. a Roswell Park employee usually with a title of full, assistant or associate Professor) --- staff and students without a qualifying title must be sponsored by a Roswell Park researcher.



New Research Group Setup


STEP 1:  ACCOUNTS

RESEARCHERS (Faculty & Principal Investigators):  


If you have a dual appointment that includes a UB account, please follow the directions here to create yourself a CCR account and setup a project in our allocations management system, ColdFront.  


If you do NOT have a UB account, please contact CCR Help via this portal or by emailing ccr-help @ buffalo.edu.  Provide your full name, email address, and Roswell department when requesting an account.  CCR must verify your account request with RPCI IT before moving forward with the setup.


STAFF & STUDENTS in Research Groups:


IMPORTANT:  University at Buffalo policies forbid the sharing of accounts!  It is a violation of UB and CCR policy for users to share their account credentials or access to their account.  Please request a separate account for every user you want to have access to CCR servers.


If your staff and/or have a UB account, ask them to follow the instructions here to create themselves a CCR account

Once that's done you should add them to your ColdFront project (see below):  

Adding users to your project


If your group members do not have a UB account, please contact CCR Help via this portal or by emailing ccr-help @ buffalo.edu.  Provide their full name, email address, Roswell department, and which PI group they should be added to, when requesting the account.  CCR staff will add these users to your project and allocations in ColdFront.



STEP 2:  PROJECT SETUP


Resource Allocation Management Portal


Once your CCR account is created, you will need to create a project in our allocations management system, ColdFront, and request access to the resource(s) you'd like to use.  Please see this article for more instructions: Creating a new project



How does the allocation process work?


Groups must have an active allocation for every resource they want to use at CCR.  PIs should request allocations for the resources they want to use, CCR staff will activate them, and then PIs will be required to renew the allocations annually.  Emails are automatically sent to remind PIs that their allocations are coming up for renewal beginning at 30 days, then again at 14 and 7 days prior to expiration.  If the PI does not request renewal before the allocations expire, the group's access to that resource is removed.



Which resources should you request allocations to?


RPCI researchers may request, at a minimum, allocations for:

- 'RPCI (cluster partition)' resource

- 'Project Storage' resource

- 'Global Scratch Storage' resource


There is no cost to individual RPCI research groups to use these services as RPCI and UB have a use agreement in place.  In addition to these resources:

- Faculty who have a dual appointment (not be a 'volunteer' appointment) at UB may request an allocation to the 'UB-HPC academic partitions (cluster partition)' resource

- Faculty who have NIH funding may request an allocation to the 'NIH boost (cluster partition)'  This gives a slight priority boost to your group's jobs when running on the UB-HPC academic partitions.  You must list your NIH grant in ColdFront in order to qualify for this.  We do NOT bill your grant funds for this use.

If you qualify for this access, please request allocations for them.


More on Storage Allocations:  Each RPCI research group is provided with a shared project directory but you must request an allocation for the 'Project Storage' resource in ColdFront.  Roswell Park researchers will find their group's directory located in:  /projects/rpci/[PI_username]

The default quota is 1TB but ultimately RPCI IT divvies up the storage purchased by RPCI.  Please consult with Kenneth Quinn at RPCI if your group needs more than 1TB of space.


RPCI users may also request an allocation to CCR's global scratch storage.  This provides groups with a 10TB quota on our parallel scratch system to be used for temporary, transient storage while running jobs.  This storage is not backed up and we automatically remove files 60 days and older daily.  If you're interested in using this, please request an allocation for the 'Global Scratch (storage)' resource in ColdFront.  See also:


Scratch Usage Policy

Storage Options



What to do next?

Once you've received emails from ColdFront or CCR Help that your allocations have been activated, you will be able to access those resources.


RPCI IT requires all new Roswell users to complete the webinar training sessions (RC101 and RC102) prior to accessing CCR resources. 


The links to these training sessions are only accessible from the RPCI network:

https://repos.roswellpark.org/research-team/rc-101 

https://repos.roswellpark.org/research-team/sh-101


More details on RPCI training


How to login to CCR HPC resources



REMINDER on accessing CCR's servers & web portals:  Access to CCR resources is restricted to the Roswell Park secure networks.  You will not be able to access CCR servers and websites from the patient wifi or any other insecure wifi networks at RPCI.  Roswell employees who wish to connect to UB CCR from off-campus must first connect to the Roswell VPN.  Note that VPN access requires prior authorization from the Roswell Information Security Office --- requests can be initiated through the Roswell Park Service Now “Request IT” portal.