Projects and accounting

Requesting a project

Data sharing between users can only be accomplished through dedicated project folders to which only certain users have access.

Run the following command to request a new project folder:

[fe1]$ gm-request-project -g <project name>

where project name is the desired name of the new project.


When you request a project you’re officially the project owner. This means that you’re responsible for the compute and storage used by the project. Thus, you should familiarize yourself with the tools provided for monitoring the resources used by you and your projects (described later).

When your request has been accepted, you will have access to a shared folder in /faststorage/project/<project name> where project name is the name requested for your project.

Managing a project

Project owners and project members with administrative rights can manage their own projects through the following commands:

gm-add-user -g <project name> -u <username>

Add a user to a project.

gm-remove-user -g <project name> -u <username>

Remove a user from a project.

gm-grant-admin-rights-to-user -g <project name> -u <username>

Grant administrative rights to a user in a project.

gm-revoke-admin-rights-from-user -g <project name> -u <username>

Revoke a users’ administrative rights to a project.

gm-list-admins <project name>

List all members of a project with administrative rights.

gm-list-members <project name>

List all members of a project.

To get help for any of the commands, run the command without any parameters.


Don’t know the username of one of your collaborators? You can use the finger command to get information about any user on GenomeDK:

[fe1]$ finger <name, username or mail>

For example, to find all users with “anders” in their name:

[fe1]$ finger anders
aeh             Anders Egerup Halager <>
anders          Anders Boerglum <>

Submitting jobs under a project

All projects are given an account that can be used to submit jobs belonging to the project. The account name is the same as the project name.

Submitting jobs with the project account has the benefit that jobs submitted with a project account get much higher priority than non-project jobs.

To submit a job with an account:

[fe1]$ sbatch --account <project name> ...

Or in gwf:

gwf = Workflow(defaults={"account": "<project name>"})

Keeping track of resource usage

To help you keep up to date on how much compute and storage is used by you and your projects, you can use the space command.

space user

Provides an overview of your own resource usage, that is, the storage used by files owned by you, as well as the billing hours you have used across all projects.

space overview

Provides you with an overview of the compute usage over time, as well as storage usage accounting, of all of the projects you own.

space project <project name>

Shows detailed compute and storage accounting for a specific project. For example, you can see how much compute and storage is used by each member of the project. All members of the project can run this command.

Data access in project folders

All members can add, edit, and delete files in the project folder unless restrictions have been set on specific files/subfolders. If you have data that you want to keep private to your user, but that belongs to in the project folder anyway, you can set permissions so that only you can read, write, and execute the file with this command:

[fe1]$ chmod go-rwx <files>

The chmod command changes file permissions. The first parameter specifies that groups (g) and others (o) should have their read (r), write (w), and execute (x) permissions removed (-). This means that it’s only the owner of the file who can now access it.

You can read more about chmod here.