For Linux clusters


Some Max Planck Institutes operate a Linux cluster hosted by MPCDF. Automatic backups of such clusters are possible, but are set up only on request.

Members of the IT staff of a Max Planck Institute wishing to have backups of their cluster should contact MPCDF to discuss the details.


To archive data from a Linux cluster, use scp, sftp or rsync to connect to the machine and log in with your Kerberos user id and password.

Your HOME directory will be /ghi/r/<initial>/<userid> (for example: /ghi/r/s/smith). Everything you store there will be automatically copied to tape. And everything you read from there will automatically retrieved from tape, which will imply some delay of typically betweeen 1 and 10 minutes.

More details about archiving data and reading data back.