Shared Central File System for Research Collaboration (lolo Collaboration)

Service Description


SMB access depricated

Access to lolo collaboration via SMB access was removed (9/15/2017). The standard ssh-protocol access to lolo collaboration should be used to access data stored on lolo collaboration.

For low-cost SMB storage, please consider the Standard Windows File Service (WFS).


The lolo Collaboration File System has been designed to support the sharing of data among researchers on the UW campus, users of Hyak, and peers at other institutions. It can act as a high performance data transfer node (throughput of hundreds of MBs to Gigabytes per second, depending on file size, number of files, etc.), as well as a convenient means of accessing Hyak results from workstations in your lab. The following diagram illustrates the data center environment in which the lolo file systems reside.

The lolo Collaboration File System provides:

  • All files immediately and directly accessible by the customer
  • Highly available access to your files from campus, Hyak, and the Internet
  • 10Gbs network connections to campus, the Internet, and Hyak
  • Support for up to 100,000 files per TB of data stored
  • Direct access from Hyak login/data-mover nodes
  • CIFS (standard SMB network mounts) access from campus (This service was depricated 9/15/2017. Please use the ssh-protocol access as a work around)
  • Ssh-protocol access (ssh, scp, sftp, etc.) from all locations
  • Standard UWNetID authentication

The lolo Collaboration File System is an excellent option for research groups requiring a means for fast, convenient data sharing with peers on and off campus.

The lolo Collaboration File System is part of an integrated, scalable scientific computing infrastructure operated by UW-IT, including Hyak, the lolo Archive, and a high performance research network, supporting fast data transfer among these systems and between them and campus and the Internet.

Service Options

Storage may be purchased in 1 TB increments, up to 1 PB or more.

UW-IT Managed Servers can be configured to access lolo via NFS or GPFS.


UW researchers; UW affiliated organizations; Researchers at UW and UW affiliates

How to Order

Email and include the service name "lolo" in the subject line

Evaluation accounts are available upon request.


The system is designed to be available 24x7x365 with minimal downtime.  New allocations of less than 10TB are usually available immediately; larger purchases typically require several weeks lead time.

Periodic Regular Maintenance is scheduled to match the Hyak system maintenance schedule:

  • Hyak will be offline from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. for scheduled maintenance the second Tuesday of every month.
  • Every third month, the maintenance window will last from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. the following morning.


Storage may be purchased in 1TB increments. Billing is monthly and based on the storage allocated, not the capacity consumed.

  • 1TB for 1 month = $41

Mid-year rate reductions are possible when consumers purchase 20TB or more. Rates are the same for all customers.

*FY 2018 Rates are valid until October 1, 2018.

Service Level Description

Lolo Support responds to problem reports in one to four hours; response can be escalated if there is a critical problem. Our goal is always to minimize user downtime by responding as quickly as possible.

Planned maintenance windows match the Hyak system (8 hours during business hours on the 2nd Tuesday of every month).

Additional Information

Lolo was developed by the eScience Institute and is provided by UW-IT.

Data Backups and Archives User Page:
Lolo User Documentation

lolo is a word in Chinook Jargon, meaning "the whole thing" and "to carry", depending on the application of accents. Written in lower case, lolo also represents a binary string (decimal 10).

Chinook Jargon is the trade language of the Pacific Northwest, incorporating terms from Chinook and Chehalis and other local languages, as well as French and English.  We've chosen words from Chinook Jargon for the names of systems in the UW research cyber infrastructure to emphasize their role in supporting the broad range of UW research users and our ties to our place between the mountains and Salish Sea.

Support Information

Support is provided by the UW Information Technology Service Center.

Business Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 206-221-5000
Online: Send us a question
In-person: Walk-in locations


Last Review Date: 06/20/2015