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Coldfront - Resource Allocation System

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/Subscription based system for managing access to resources
  • Collect Project, Grant, and Publication data from users
  • Define custom attributes on resources and subscriptions
  • 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

Quick Install

  1. Coldfront requires Python 3.6, memcached, and redis.

CentOS (7.5)

Install EPEL then install required packages:

sudo yum install epel-release
sudo yum install python36 python36-devel memcached redis

Ubuntu (16.04)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/python-3.6
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python3.6 python3.6-venv memcached redis-server
  1. Clone Coldfront in a new directory and create a Python virtual environment for Coldfront
mkdir coldfront_app
cd coldfront_app
git clone https://github.com/ubccr/coldfront.git
python3.6 -mvenv venv
  1. Activate the virtual environment and install the required Python packages
source venv/bin/activate
cd coldfront
pip install wheel
pip install -r requirements.txt

  1. Copy config/local_settings.py.sample to config/local_settings.py.
cp config/local_settings.py.sample config/local_settings.py

Open config/local_settings.py and update the following:

  • Update SECRET_KEY. Consider making the length at least 50 characters long.
  • Update TIME_ZONE if necessary
  1. Copy config/local_strings.py.sample to config/local_strings.py and update if desired.
cp config/local_strings.py.sample config/local_strings.py
  1. Run initial setup
python manage.py initial_setup
  1. Setup an admin user
python manage.py createsuperuser
  1. Optional: Add some test data
python manage.py load_test_data
  1. Start development server
python manage.py runserver
  1. Point your browser to http://localhost:8000

You can log in as admin with password test1234. You can log in as a PI using username ccollins with password test1234. You can log in as center director using username michardson with password test1234.

Password for all users is also teset1234.

Directory structure

  • coldfront
    • core - The core Coldfront application
      • field_of_science
      • grant
      • portal
      • project
      • publication
      • resource
      • subscription
      • user
      • utils
    • libs - Helper libraries
    • plugins - Plugins that can be configured in Coldfront
      • freeipa
      • iquota
      • ldap_user_search
      • mokey_oidc
      • slurm
      • system_monitor


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