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UQ Research Data Manager

Provides information about how to use the UQ Research Data Manager (UQRDM) to store and manage research data for research projects.

1. How to access the storage via HPC facilities

You will only be able to access your allocation folder via HPC facilities, if you indicated in your project record that "the project data needs to be mounted on HPC facilities." Note: These storage codes start with a "Q" (e.g. Q0453).

On HPC systems, your Collection will be available under “/QRISdata”, with the Collection name (Q-number) being the name of the folder, e.g. /QRISdata/Q0578. For SSH access to your Collection, you can access it at “”, with the Collection available under “/data”. More information on Collection access is available on the QRIScloud portal at

2. HPC Benefits

Polaris-based HPC systems (Awoonga, Flashlite, Tinaroo), QRIScloud SSH access servers, and the UQ Nextcloud service all have the collections mounted. Other UQ-based MeDiCI caches (by arrangement with the respective cache managers) can also have the collections mounted.

The UQ SMB file servers make collections accessible via the "R:" drive (on the UQ networks), SSH access is available at “” (under “/data”).

More information is available on the QRIScloud portal at

3. Current limitations

These collections are not suitable for projects that contain identifiable human data.

In some instances, access to the data may be slower.

The default file/inode count limit is 100,000. You will need to strictly apply data management practices to not exceed the 100,000 inode/file limit. If the limit is reached, it will lock you out of your files. To avoid this issue, please zip files off the share and copy the zip folder back on the share.

Currently for HPC collections, new requests for file counts in excess of 100,000 per collection per 1TB of storage will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

4. Requesting a size or file increase for HPC collections

If you require an increase to your HPC Collection, file numbers or storage size, note that you will be required to provide additional information about the data that you are storing, as well as usage patterns and anticipated growth rates. This information may be passed to an external third party.

Requests will be assessed and approval will depend on availability of storage.