About Slate-Project high performance project space at IU

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The Slate-Project high performance file system is a centralized storage environment supporting extreme, data-intensive, performance-demanding (Big Data) workflows running on Indiana University's research supercomputers.

Space on the Slate-Project file system is available to IU researchers who need shared/project space or an allocation larger than the 1.6 TB available per user on Slate.


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.

Request project space

To get space on the Slate-Project file system, fill out and submit the Slate-Project request form. Once your request is approved, you will be able to create a Slate-Project account using the instructions in Get additional IU computing accounts.

When created, your Slate-Project space will be mounted on the IU supercomputers at (replace project_name with your project name):


Quota allotment

Requests for up to 15 TB are granted without fee; allocations of more than 15 TB are billed at $5.12 TB per month (an IU departmental account is required).

To check your quota, use the quota command from the command line of any IU research supercomputer. If the quota command is not already loaded by default, use the module load quota command to add it to your environment. Alternatively, log in to HPC everywhere and, in the "HPC Status" pane, look under "Storage". The quota command and HPC everywhere both display disk (data) quotas and usage for your home directory space on the research supercomputers, your space on Slate, and your space on the Scholarly Data Archive (SDA), as applicable. HPC everywhere additionally displays your inode (file) quotas for these spaces.

To check the size of a file stored on Slate-Project, enter (replace project_name with your project name and filename with the name of your file):

ls -sh /N/project/project_name/filename

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.

Get help

Slate-Project is managed by the UITS High Performance File Systems (HPFS) team. If you need help or have questions, contact the HPFS team.

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Last modified on 2023-08-21 14:29:07.