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Data Workbench Service Transition

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The infrastructure that supports the Data Workbench service has reached the end of its life cycle and will be retired on Wednesday, December 6th, 2023. We will be transitioning Data Workbench customers to a new subscription offering that fulfills the same needs at the same yearly price. All existing Data Workbench users will be migrated to an interactive tier on our Negishi cluster.

How does this impact you

In practice, most users will not see a difference in their experience on Negishi compared to Data Workbench. You can continue to access the remote desktop by connecting to (instead of If you use RStudio Server or JupyterHub on Data Workbench, you can continue using them after the transition through the OnDemand front-end at Please begin referencing Negishi's user-guides after the transition.

Any sessions or computing tasks that are active at the time of transition (Dec. 6) will be terminated.

Soon you will be greeted by automated notification emails stating that an account has been created for you. You will be able to manage access to the Negishi resource just the same as you have always been able to for Data Workbench. This “queue” is needed to manage user access for your group but will not be granted any compute nodes (just as was the case for Data Workbench). For OnDemand users, they should target the new interactive queue in the drop-down menu.

Negishi has its own home directory file system. If you wish to migrate your files from your home directory on Data Workbench, Globus ( offers the simplest means to do that (see Simply target the “Purdue Research Computing – Home Directories” as the source and “Purdue Negishi Cluster” as the destination. Any data stored in Data Depot will continue to be available to you and requires no action.

Please reach out to with any questions you may have.

On Monday, November 27th, RCAC hosted a Data Workbench Service Transition Support Session. The recording is now available!

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