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Kamiak End User License Agreement

EULA

Kamiak Usage Policies and Guidelines

These policies and guidelines may be revised periodically by the CIRC advisory board.

By using resources associated with the Kamiak Cluster, you agree to the following:

  1. You agree to protect your access credentials in full accordance with Executive Policy #18, http://public.wsu.edu/~forms/HTML/EPM/EP18_User_ID_and_Password.htm. This policy strictly forbids the sharing of credentials with any other person, including colleagues and graduate assistants, or using your credentials within scripts or programs to automate login. You agree to report any known or suspected security breach or misuse of your access credentials immediately.
  2. You agree to respect intellectual property rights, observe confidentiality agreements, and comply with all applicable laws. Activities that appear to violate any laws may be reported to the proper authorities for investigation.
  3. Sponsors and Investors are responsible for properly vetting users working under their auspices and for the behavior of these users. You agree that Sponsors/Investors associated with your account are entitled to regulate, limit, suspend, or terminate your access.
  4. You agree that violations of Kamiak policies can result in loss of access to resources.
  5. You agree to acknowledge the use of Kamiak in publications. To make tracking acknowledgement easier, we suggest including the wording, “This research used resources from the Center for Institutional Research Computing at Washington State University.”

The following guidelines for using Kamiak have been agreed on by the CIRC advisory board:

  1. Kamiak resources are to be used primarily for research. They can be used for instruction only with prior approval from the system administrator. More information will be available as policies develop for alternative uses.
  2. Kamiak does not meet the standards of HIPAA, EAR or ITAR and should not be used for purposes governed by these regulations.
  3. All jobs must be run on compute resources and should be submitted to an appropriate job queue. Running jobs on any non-compute node is prohibited.
  4. Temporary scratch storage space is provided to all users as needed for their jobs. Using scratch storage for longer term storage can impact the performance of the computer. Data can be held in this temporary storage at your own risk. Scratch directories are subject to automatic deletion, without notice, when their time limit expires. Currently, scratch directories have a default time limit of 7 days, with a maximum of 14 days, set when the directory is created.
  5. A “backfill” job queue is accessible to all Kamiak users and allows individuals without access to sponsored nodes to submit jobs. Jobs submitted to the backfill queue will be scheduled for execution on nodes with unused compute cycles and will be executed in accordance with the queueing policies that are established. Owners of sponsored nodes have priority on those nodes. Therefore, jobs submitted to the backfill queue may be preempted if the sponsor of the compute node on which a backfill job is running submits their own job. Users are responsible for ensuring that their jobs are designed with appropriate check-pointing in place in order to be able to restart efficiently in the event of preemption.
  6. Because Kamiak is a shared resource, you should try to gauge your needs accurately and avoid oversubscribing or undersubscribing in your requests for resources (nodes, CPUs, RAM or scratch storage). Users that repeatedly overuse or attempt to circumvent scheduling policies may have their access revoked.

By accepting this agreement you accept the following limitations:

  1. User data on Kamiak is not backed up or archived and the system administration is not responsible for restoring damaged or lost files for users. Backing up and archiving data is the responsibility of the user and his or her Sponsor/Investor.
  2. Additional storage for data can be purchases and may also be obtained by contacting your Sponsors/ Investors in the system (i.e. your college, department, or individuals). Requests for space on project volumes should be made to the Sponsor/Investor representative.
  3. Accounts that are not used for more than a year are subject to deletion. Access to Kamiak will end six months after you have left the university. If you wish access to continue, you must negotiate your status with Kamiak and with the owner of any storage you are using.
  4. Using Kamiak resources and services is at your own risk. The Kamiak support group will try to maintain a functional research computing resource but there are no guarantees that resources or services will be available at all times, that they will suit every purpose, or that data will never be lost or corrupted.
  5. Periodically, access to Kamiak will be unavailable for scheduled maintenance, upgrades or benchmarking. Notification of these events will be provided.
  6. Access to Kamiak may be unavailable without notification if hardware, software or other issues necessitate immediate maintenance for correction.