Acceptable Use of the Brazos Cluster
If any policy has provisions with which you do not agree, please notify the administrators describing your concerns/suggestions. Absent such notice, it is assumed you have reviewed, understood, and fully agree to conform to, all prevailing published policies governing the use of this system.
The computing facilities provided by the Brazos Cluster are for the use of the stakeholders who purchased the cluster, their postdocs, staff, visitors, and students. It is also available for other persons affiliated with Texas A&M University, as well as persons affiliated with specific Virtual Organizations within the Open Science Grid. Persons at other TAMU System campuses are welcome to apply for an account.
The cluster is not to be used for non-academic purposes nor for personal gain (profit). It is expected that all users will make use of these computing resources in a manner which is ethical, legal, and not contrary to the interests of others.
Failure to abide by the policies described below and in related documents may result in denial of access to computing facilities, disciplinary action, or criminal prosecution.
- You may only use those facilities which have been authorized for your use. Your access is protected by a password. YOU ARE NOT TO MAKE THIS PASSWORD AVAILABLE TO ANYONE. You may not use any account set up for another user, nor may you attempt to find out the password of another user. We will turn over any and all account violations to University officials as well as the Brazos County District Attorney for prosecution. You have been warned.
- You must be aware of the law of copyright as it affects computer software. Software must not be copied except with the express permission of the copyright owner (which may be expressed in the copyright notice contained within the software). Note that a formal copyright need not be in evidence in order for copyright protection to be in force. All installed software on the cluster that is not under a GPL, BSD, or Apache style license must have a copy of the license in posession of the system administrator.
- As owner of your files, you are responsible for setting the appropriate protections of those files. If you copy information from another user, it is expected that you inform the user of such a procedure.
- Backups will be performed of the system software and home directories (i.e. /home) only. User data must be copied to some other system for backups. You may not use your cluster account for storing backups of other computer accounts.
- The cluster may not be used to store, process or manipulate Social Security Numbers, HIPAA data, FERPA data (e.g., student records), or controlled information of level "Confidential" or higher, or US Export Controlled software and data (ITAR). You must notify the Brazos Administrators of your intent to store, process or manipulate confidential information as defined by TAMU Control RA-2i, Security Categorization.
- Cluster usage. The cluster is to be used in batch mode only. Interactive processing on the login node should be limited to edit/compile/debug. Interactive "batch" jobs may be run on the compute nodes through the normal batch submission mechanisms. Long running processes on the head node will be terminated without warning. Abuse of the head node will result in account suspension for one week (first offense) and account closure (second offense). Batch jobs that result in allocated nodes remaining idle for long periods of time will be terminated.
- Any job that stresses the Brazos network and file systems in a manner that, in the opinion of the Brazos Administrators, impacts other users in an unacceptable manner may be killed. Note especially, that the /home file system is not designed for disk intensive I/O. Any Brazos job doing extensive I/O on the /home file system will be killed.
- You may not attempt to interfere with the operation of the cluster.
- You may not attempt to subvert the security of the cluster.
- You may not use the cluster to send messages which are obscene or otherwise harassing in their intent.
- You may not use the cluster for commercial purposes (i.e., for profit).
- Most Brazos accounts use a TAMU NetID for login. DO NOT CHANGE YOUR NETID. You will not be able to login, and we will not change your Brazos username to match your new NetID.
- The system administrators reserve the right to monitor all users activities for the purpose of system security, preventing academic dishonesty, and enforcing the policies contained in this document.
- The cluster is operated under the Texas A&M University System. Therefore, all regulations and laws set forth by the University, (SAP 29.01.03.M1.02 Information Resources - Acceptable Use) the State of Texas, and the United States Government apply to the use of the cluster.
You may disagree with one or more of these policies, publicly or privately, in accordance with your First Amendment rights, but you may not violate any of these policies for any reason or purpose.