UW Information Technology Service Catalog

Services offered by UW-IT to the University of Washington community

Shared Central File System for Research Collaboration (lolo Collaboration)

Service Description: 

Rates for this service are for FY15

The lolo Collaboration File System has been designed to support the sharing of data among researchers on the UW campus, users of Hyak, and peers at other institutions. It can act as a high performance data transfer node (throughput of hundreds of MBs to Gigabytes per second, depending on file size, number of files, etc.), as well as a convenient means of accessing Hyak results from workstations in your lab.
The lolo Collaboration File System provides:
  • All files immediately and directly accessible by the customer
  • Highly available access to your files from campus, Hyak, and the Internet
  • 10Gbs network connections to campus, the Internet, and Hyak
  • Support for up to 100,000 files per TB of data stored
  • Direct access from Hyak login/data-mover nodes
  • CIFS (standard SMB network mounts) access from campus
  • NFS or GPFS access from UW-IT Managed Servers
  • Ssh-protocol access (ssh, scp, sftp, etc.) from all locations
  • Standard UWNetID authentication

The lolo Collaboration File System is an excellent option for research groups requiring a means for fast, convenient data sharing with peers on and off campus.

The lolo Collaboration File System is part of an integrated, scalable scientific computing infrastructure operated by UW-IT, including Hyak, the lolo Archive, and a high performance research network, supporting fast data transfer among these systems and between them and campus and the Internet.

Service Options: 
Storage may be purchased in 1 TB increments, up to 1 PB or more.
UW-IT Managed Servers can be configured to access lolo via NFS or GPFS.

UW researchers; UW affiliated organizations; Researchers at UW and UW affiliates

How to Order: 
Email help@uw.edu and include the service name "lolo" in the subject line
Evaluation accounts are available upon request.

The system is designed to be available 24x7x365 with minimal downtime.  New allocations of less than 10TB are usually available immediately; larger purchases typically require several weeks lead time.

Periodic Regular Maintenance is scheduled to match the Hyak system maintenance schedule:

  • Hyak will be offline from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. for scheduled maintenance the second Tuesday of every month.
  • Every third month, the maintenance window will last from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. the following morning.
$101.99/TB/month = $1,223.88/TB/year
Storage may be purchased in 1TB increments.  Each TB of capacity purchased requires a three year commitment.
Billing is based on the storage allocated, not the capacity consumed.  Billing is monthly.
1TB for 3 years = $3,671.64 ($1,223.88/TB/year * 3 years)
Pricing is updated on an annual basis on July 1st.  Mid-year rate reductions are possible when consumers purchase 20TB or more.  Rates are the same for all customers.


Additional Information: 
See http://escience.washington.edu/what-we-do/lolo

Lolo User Documentation is also available.
lolo is a word in Chinook Jargon, meaning "the whole thing" and "to carry", depending on the application of accents. Written in lower case, lolo also represents a binary string (decimal 10).
Chinook Jargon is the trade language of the Pacific Northwest, incorporating terms from Chinook and Chehalis and other local languages, as well as French and English.  We've chosen words from Chinook Jargon for the names of systems in the UW research cyber infrastructure to emphasize their role in supporting the broad range of UW research users and our ties to our place between the mountains and Salish Sea.


Service Level Description: 

lolo Support responds to problem reports in one to four hours; response can be escalated if there is a critical problem.  Our goal is always to minimize user downtime by responding as quickly as possible.

Planned maintenance windows match the Hyak system (8 hours during business hours on the 2nd Tuesday of every month).

Support Information: 
UW Information Technology Service Center
Front Desk: UW Tower C-3000 (4333 Brooklyn Ave. NE)
Online Help Form: http://www.uw.edu/computing/help
Email: help@uw.edu
Phone: 206-221-5000
Business Hours: http://www.washington.edu/itconnect/gethelp.html
Contact for More Information: 
Email help@uw.edu and include the service name "lolo" in the subject line
Last Review Date: 
Wed, 2014-07-16
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