The Center for Functional Nanomaterials encourages Users to bring with them high capacity data storage drives (such as flash drives or portable hard-disk drives), which will allow them to manage their data on their own computers. The transfer of data is conducted consistently on secondary, data-retrieval computers.
The CFN currently offers several resources for Users to manage their data:
For those Users whose data accumulation grows to be substantive, the CFN currently offers to Users access to approximately 250 PB of temporary data storage onsite. Those Users are encouraged to consider cloud-based Data Management services, such as Globus Online, to facilitate data management and retrieval.
CFN cannot keep or maintain a User’s data indefinitely. Users are
expected to retrieve all of their data at the conclusion of that User’s
facility session at the CFN. The CFN provides no guarantee
regarding the preservation of User’s data after completion of a single
facility session at the CFN. Because of this policy, the CFN strongly
encourages Users to acquire and to transfer their data to self-managed
resources as soon as possible. Based on the nature of a
facility’s instrumentation, the size of the acquired data, and
availability of resources, some CFN facilities may keep or maintain data
for a limited period after the facility session has ended. For example,
CFN’s Theory and Computation Facility keeps a User’s data on CFN’s
computer cluster for the lifetime of the User’s Guest Appointment, as
determined by Brookhaven National Laboratory. Once CFN’s cloud-based
Data Management offering is established, all responsibility for data
preservation will reside entirely with the User.