Jetstream2 (JS2) supports a number of different methods for data storage, including:

  • Volumes: mountable block storage
  • Manila: Filesystems-as-a-service
  • Object Store: experimental Openstack Swift and S3 storage


Volumes: Small virtual filesystems that may be attached to the Users running/active Instances.

Files/data saved to a Volume are maintained across successive attachment/detachment actions to the User’s Instances.

Volume actions (method varies per interface):

  • Creation
  • Attachment to an active Instance
  • Detachment
  • Backup

Detaching Volumes

REMINDER: Volumes can only be detached if:

  1. they are not in active use by a process on the instance Try:
    • fuser -m /<volume> to LIST all processes using a volume
      • You might also try sudo fuser -m /volume if nothing comes up – this will check for root processes holding the volume open
    • fuser -km /<volume> to KILL all processes using a volume
      • If you get results with sudo above, you’ll need to do sudo fuser -km /<volume> to kill the processes
  2. the instance to which they are attached is active
    • sudo lsof /<volume> will also show you processes using the volume.

Cost and Size:

While Volumes are available to facilitate research at no additional Service Unit charge, and may be requested during initial or supplemental Jetstream allocation requests, Jetstream is not primarily a storage service; large capacity storage is beyond the scope of Jetstream.

Projects are limited to 10 volumes with an aggregate capacity of 1 TB by default. Adjustment of storage quotas (volume count and aggregate capacity up to your allocation max) can be requested via the Jetstream2 contact form

Project and Providers:

As with Instances, Volumes are associated/organized with Projects and with particular regional Providers (e.g. IU, TACC, UH, Cornell, ASU). (i.e. you cannot attach a Volume from one Provider to an instance on a different Provider.)


Generally, Volumes may be attached to one active Instance at a time.

You can’t easily share volumes in OpenStack without deploying a Shared File System service. However, the native OpenStack Manila - Filesystems-as-a-service option is available.

Volumes may also be shared using standard methods (e.g. NFS) to other active Instances within Jetstream.

Storage Quotas

There are different quotas for block storage (volumes) and shares. There will be a self-service tool for managing those quotas soon, but for now, if you need to have your Jetstream2 Storage quota adjusted between block and share storage, please contact us via the Jetstream2 contact form with the amount you wish to move between the storage types.

Backup & Exporting:

Users should regularly backup (via ssh, rsync, tar, or the like: see File Transfer) any critical data contained on Volumes as no automated backup functions are currently provided by Jetstream.