Storage Options and Data Management Best Practices 101: Storage Options for Research Computing


Workshop attendees will:

  • Become familiar with the various options for digital storage provided by UITS Research Technologies.
  • Decipher the differences between these options.
  • Choose which storage options best suit their particular needs.
  • Learn the various technologies and methods used for accessing UITS RT storage options, again with an eye towards which technologies and methods best suit their needs.


  • Attendees will need an account on one of IU's research supercomputers (Big Red 200 or Quartz). Attendees can sign up for more than one, if eligible. Create Additional Accounts website:
  • Accounts for Slate and the Scholarly Data Archive (SDA) are also recommended, as those services will also be covered in this workshop.
  • Familiarity with the eligibility requirements for IU supercomputing accounts as well as for the SDA.  For more information on eligibility, see the following IU KB article:
  • If you believe you are eligible for an account and the option to open an account is not available to you, contact


  • Introductions and housekeeping
  • Overview of UITS Research Technologies storage options
    • Geode (home directories) / Geode-Project
    • Slate / Slate-Project / Slate-Scratch
    • Scholarly Data Archive (SDA)
  • Overview of technologies for accessing IU digital storage
  • ACTIVITY – Accessing IU digital storage with Globus
  • Wrapping up, Q&A

The Supercomputing for Everyone Series (SC4ES) aims to bring more users into the realm of advanced computing, whether it be visualization, computation, analytics, storage, or any related discipline. Research Technologies can take you to the next level of computing.

Supercomputing for Everyone Series workshops and seminars are led by personnel from Research Technologies, a division of University Information Technology Services and a center in the Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University.