Uppsala Multidisciplinary Center for Advanced Computational Science

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. Be aware that there is currently no backup being done for UPPMAX Storage projects. You, as PI, have responsibility for your own data and should ensure that backups are kept.

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. 
  4. Go to SUPR. Log in.
  5. Go to the UPPMAX Storage round. 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. 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.
    6. Submit the Proposal.