Project Volumes

Project directories can be created for projects that require large amounts of storage. Instead of saving data in limited home directories or temporary repositories, the system staff can create a project directory, automounted under /p. The directory typically starts at 500GB in size, and can grow dynamically to very large sizes.

Since project members typically vary year to year, using a project directory helps the project because data can be centrally located instead of spread around in user's home directories.

To request a project directory, send a helpdesk request to, and specify the project name, as well as the owner of the directory and the project members who will be given read/write/execute access to the directory. Also, if your research/project is funded by a party like UVA or an outside party like NSF, NSA, etc., please state that in your request.

Project Directories can be mounted on non-department computers by use of Samba. Please use the following path format to mount your project share on Windows:


or Linux/MacOS


See more about Samba shares on this page.

We use autofs to mount network storage volumes on Linux systems. Because of the way autofs works, when you first look in /p it seems like it is empty:

[ktm5j@portal01 ktm5j]$ ls /p
[ktm5j@portal01 ktm5j]$                       <-- no output

However once we attempt to access a directory, autofs quickly mounts the volume and now it will appear under /p

[ktm5j@portal01 ktm5j]$ ls /p/zfs_project
file1  file2  file3...
[ktm5j@portal01 ktm5j]$ ls /p
zfs_project                                   <-- /p/zfs_project will stay mounted while
[ktm5j@portal01 ktm5j]$                           the directory is being used
  • project_directories.txt
  • Last modified: 2019/07/08 12:48
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