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Scratch Space


The LUMI scratch is composed of 4 independent Lustre file systems each with a storage capacity of 20 PB (80 PB total). The aggregate bandwidth of 960 GB/s, 240 GB/s per filesystem. Each of these file systems are is composed of 1 MDS (metadata server) and 32 Object Storage Targets (OSTs).


The scratch storage is located at /scratch/project_<project-number>

Billing and Quota

The quota is enforced on a per project basis. The default quota is 5 TB and 2 million files. If you need more space, this quota can be pushed up to 500 TB upon request. However, if you are limited by the quota on the number of files, we invite you to reconsider your data workflow. Having a large number of small files can creates contention at the metadata servers and may limit the performance due to limited striping (more explanation is provided on the Lustre page).

Purge Policy

You are not supposed to use the scratch space a long-term storage. The scratch file system is a temporary storage space. Files that have not been accessed will be purged after 90 days.

Deliberately modifying file access time to bypass the purge is prohibited. It's an anti-social behaviour that may impact other users negatively.