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ColdFront - Resource Allocation System

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ColdFront is an open source resource allocation system designed to provide a central portal for administration, reporting, and measuring scientific impact of HPC resources. ColdFront was created to help HPC centers manage access to a diverse set of resources across large groups of users and provide a rich set of extensible meta data for comprehensive reporting. ColdFront is written in Python and released under the GPLv3 license.


  • Allocation based system for managing access to resources
  • Collect Project, Grant, and Publication data from users
  • Define custom attributes on resources and allocations
  • Email notifications for expiring/renewing access to resources
  • Integration with 3rd party systems for automation and access control
  • Center director approval system and annual project reviews

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For more information on installing and using ColdFront see our documentation here

Contact Information

If you would like a live demo followed by QA, please contact us at You can also contact us for general inquiries and installation troubleshooting.

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ColdFront is released under the GPLv3 license. See the LICENSE file.