Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

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Computing: Aurora (Data Archive) (GB)

Aurora, EMSL's scientific data archive, is a dedicated computer system specifically designed for long-term storage of data collected by EMSL instruments. It is available at no cost to EMSL users who are part of an active EMSL user project, and follows EMSL's Data Management policies.

Aurora is safe

  • Designed to safely & securely hold data on a long-term basis
  • Stores multiple copies of data to protect from data loss in case of media failure
  • Expertly maintained by skilled information systems professionals from EMSL's Molecular Sciences Computing Group
  • Monitored continuously for optimum performance

Aurora is free and easy to use

  • No cost
  • Petabytes of available storage
  • Research groups control their data
  • Simple, straightforward access is available through Windows file sharing, FTP, and SCP protocols

For more information on accessing and using Aurora, see our MSC User Guide.

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Availability: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


Ryan Wright (509) 371-6105 Ryan.Wright@pnl.gov
David Cowley (509) 371-6471 david.cowley@pnnl.gov


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Quick Specs

  • Aurora is based on IBM's High Performance Storage System (HPSS) with customizations specific to EMSL.

    Aurora is a combination of high-performance disk storage and high-capacity tape storage.

    17 Petabytes of storage capacity.

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