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Key Policies

Last modified: Thursday September 08, 2011 9:39 AM

National Security

SC is administered as an open facility providing computing resources to all legitimate TAMU users. As such, it is not staffed nor configured to abide by all the restrictions of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) of the US Department of State and those related to the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR) of the US Department of Defence.

By policy, all PI's and SC users must not use any SC resources in a manner that violates EAR or ITAR with respect to software, data, or hardware.

Data Storage

1) On all compute servers, disk storage is provided only for files directly needed for or deriving from computing on these servers.

2) On all compute servers, the scratch directories are NOT for long-term storage. Such storage is provided to meet the current needs of your computation. For that reason, when nominal file quotas have been exceeded the staff will occasionally delete enough files to meet current processing loads. Prior notice and appeal to users to reduce file space occupancy will be sent.

3) Only home directories are backed up daily (and automatically) on to the archive system. Non-home files are not backed up. Such files, if valuable enough, can only be archived onto the SC archive system by you. Elsewhere in this guide we show you how to do that.

Passwords

By state (Texas) law, it is illegal for users of state computing systems to share passwords.