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AFS (Andrew File System)
Posted by Joseph Timothy Foley on 05 March 2019 02:22 PM

The Computer Science department has an AFS (Andrew File Server) cell for research data storage and collaboration.  This is a system used at NASA, MIT, CMU, KTH, DTU, and formerly CERN.  The commercial version of the system is owned by IBM.  We have deployed OpenAFS, an open-source and free version.  A next-generation of the system called Auristor is available with commercial support.  The system has a centralized namespace in /afs or \\AFS (windows).  Clients exist for Windows, Mac, Linux, and iOS.

The production OpenAFS fileservers ( and IPA kerberos servers ( are for general-purpose use.  To get an account, email csit AT  Client installation instructions can be found at

If you wish a volume created in AFS, email csit AT with the name of the project, contact email address, and amount of space needed.  

In addition, a webserver has been setup to serve up files in both cells that have an ACL of "system:anyuser read".  These are accessible at

For those who wish to experment with AFS and Kerberos in a testing environment, a separate cell ( has been setup in the Research and Development Network.  More information at

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