Group Workspaces (GWS) are portions of storage allocated for particular projects to manage themselves, enabling collaborating scientists to share network accessible disk. Users can pull data from external sites to a common cache, process and analyse their data, and where allowed, exploit data available from other group workspaces and from the CEDA archive.
Group Workspaces are usually exploited in conjunction with project specific computing resources, configured and deployed as virtual machines in the JASMIN infrastructure. Such machines can generally mount their own GWS and the CEDA archive.
It is important to understand that these workspaces are not the same as the CEDA archive. Data in a GWS can be earmarked for ingestion into the CEDA archive, but this is a process that should be discussed directly with CEDA, it is not automatic in any way.
Data within Group Workspaces are the responsibility of the designated Group Workspace manager and are not backed up by CEDA.
An "Elastic Tape" system is available, enabling GWS managers to manage secondary copies of their data and to move less-frequently used data out to near-line tape to enable optimal use of high-performance disk space.