About Geode at Indiana University

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Geode is a disk-based online storage system that provides home directory space for users of Indiana University's research supercomputers and the Geode-Project fee-based storage service for IU research projects. Geode is co-located at the IU data centers in Bloomington and Indianapolis. Files stored on Geode are replicated, by default, at each data center. Home directories and Geode-Project spaces are accessible directly from all IU research supercomputers and remotely from personal workstations connected to the IU campus network. For current Geode-Project fee information, see "Replicated Research Storage (Geode)" on UITS Rates for Direct-Bill Services.

  • Home directories: Home directory space is intended for low-capacity, low-performance uses, such as storing documentation, configuration files, source files, and data files needed to run batch and/or interactive jobs on IU's research supercomputers. Home directory space is not intended for storing large data sets, nor is it capable of handling data-intensive computational I/O from parallel compute jobs.

    By default, home directory users are allotted 100 GB of space with a maximum file limit of 800,000 files. For more, see About home directory space on IU research supercomputers.

  • Geode-Project: Geode-Project allocations are available as a fee-based service to IU researchers who sign a memo of understanding (MOU) with UITS Research Technologies. For more, see Request a project space allocation on Geode-Project.

The directory path, including file name, of any stored object may not exceed 4,096 bytes in length.

Geode is operated by the Research Storage team within the Research Technologies division of UITS. If you questions about home directory or project space on Geode, email the UITS Research Storage team (store-admin@iu.edu).


Before storing data on any of Indiana University's research computing or storage systems, make sure you understand the information in Types of sensitive institutional data appropriate for UITS Research Technologies services.

Make sure you do not include sensitive institutional data as part of a file's filename or pathname.

Work with PHI

This UITS system or service meets certain requirements established in the HIPAA Security Rule thereby enabling its use for work involving data that contain protected health information (PHI). However, using this system or service does not fulfill your legal responsibilities for protecting the privacy and security of data that contain PHI. You may use this system or service for work involving data that contain PHI only if you institute additional administrative, physical, and technical safeguards that complement those UITS already has in place.

If you have questions about securing HIPAA-regulated research data at IU, email securemyresearch@iu.edu. SecureMyResearch provides self-service resources and one-on-one consulting to help IU researchers, faculty, and staff meet cybersecurity and compliance requirements for processing, storing, and sharing regulated and unregulated research data; for more, see About SecureMyResearch. To learn more about properly ensuring the safe handling of PHI on UITS systems, see the UITS IT Training video Securing HIPAA Workflows on UITS Systems. To learn about division of responsibilities for securing PHI, see Shared responsibility model for securing PHI on UITS systems.

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