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File System Quotas and Purging

NERSC sets quotas on file systems shown in the table below. Purged file system are purged of files that have not been accessed in the time period shown below.


file system space inodes purge time Consequence for Exceeding Quota
Community 20 TB 20 M - No new data can be written
Global HOME 40 GB 1 M - No new data can be written
Global common 10 GB 1 M - No new data can be written
Cori SCRATCH 20 TB 10 M 12 weeks Can't submit batch jobs


NERSC data management policy.



When a quota is reached writes to that file system may fail.


If your $SCRATCH usage exceeds your quota, you will not be able to submit batch jobs until you reduce your usage.

Current usage

NERSC provides a myquota command which displays applicable quotas and current usage.

To see current usage for home and available scratch file systems:

nersc$ myquota

For Community you can use

nersc$ cfsquota <project_name>

or use myquota with the full path to the directory

nersc$ myquota --path=/global/cfs/cdirs/<project_name>

For global common software you can use

nersc$ cmnquota <project_name>

or use myquota with the full path to the directory

nersc$ myquota --path=/global/common/software/<project_name>


If you or your project needs additional space for your scratch file system or HPSS you may request it via the Disk Quota Increase Form.

Quotas on the Community File System are determined by DOE Program Managers based on information PIs supply in their yearly ERCAP requests. If you need a mid-year quota increase on the Community File System, please use the Disk Quota Increase Form and we will pass the information along to the appropriate DOE Program Manager for approval.


Some NERSC file systems are purged. This means the files not read (i.e. atime is updated) within a certain time period are automatically deleted. You can see the time period for the purged file systems at NERSC in the overview table. When a purge is done, a file named .purged_<date\> is left behind. This is a text file that holds the names of the files that have been removed. These .purged files will not be deleted by our purges to make sure a record of purging activities is retained. Touching files or other actions intended to circumvent the purge are forbidden by NERSC policy.