RCS Acceptable Use of Resources

STORAGE

  • Please do not store backups of your desktop or laptop data on the research storage, as this high-capacity, high-availability storage is expensive. Please use the HBS-supplied Connect Backup for backup purposes, a free cloud service (e.g. CrashPlan) if your data is not considered HRCI Level 3 or higher, or consider purchasing an external hard drive from your local electronics vendor.

  • Please attend to any automated messages concerning "Out of Space" or "Over Quota" problems. These are not spam, and if ignored, may result in loss of data, for which neither RCS nor HBS IT is responsible.

  • Please keep your project spaces clean and lean. See our document on archiving data within home folders or project spaces for more information (http://grid.rcs.hbs.org/archive-your-research-files).

  • Data with HRCI classifications should not be stored in project folders or home directories not approved for that classification level. Please contact RCS if you have any questions or concerns.

COMPUTE GRID

  • Ensure that you've familiarized yourself with our documentation on the compute grid and have attended the required training(s). The time invested will more than make up for the time saved.

  • Don't run any CPU-intensive work on the login nodes.

  • Be as accurate as possible when specifying CPU core count or memory for jobs.

  • Ensure that you routinely monitor your interactive and batch jobs, such that you may terminate them if they become idle or stall. Remember that resources 'in use' are not available to anyone else.

  • Again, usage is intended only for legitimate purposes which benefit the research at Harvard University.

MARIADB

  • Data with HRCI classifications should not be stored in any database not approved for that classification level. Please contact RCS if you have any questions or concerns.

SOFTWARE

  • Software licensed for you via HBS or on the compute grid is for your use only. Please do not allow others to have access. And especially do not share your account credentials (username and/or password) to do so.

  • Don't download and run software that you do not trust or cannot verify the authenticity of the source.