Modify project settings

Project administrators can change basic project information, set default task instances, and increase project security.

To access project settings, select the project you wish to change, and go to the Settings tab.


The Settings Tab

Review and change the basic information about a project

You can access a project's basic information, such as the project name, its creator, and the date of creation from Settings tab. To update the project name and description, click the pencil icon. To keep the change, click the check mark.


Change a project's name

Your project will be assigned a short name based on the name that you give it.

While you may rename your project from the project Settings, you cannot change short name after your project is created.

The short name is used as an ID to refer to the project when using the API, and also appears in the URL for the project, which is used to access it in your web browser.


Review and change the basic information about a project

Change a project's billing group

To change or create a billing group, click the drop-down Billing Group menu.

Modify execution settings

Set the default task instances

You can activate spot/preemptible instances for your project by using the switch under Spot instances (or Preemptible Instances if your project is in a Google-based location).


Enable or disable automatic reuse of precomputed results to help reduce the time and cost of your task execution. Learn more.

Manage network access control

Network access control allows you to define a more restrictive network access policy per project, thus ensuring high security and compliance standards in the execution environment. As a project administrator, you have the option to define network access permissions for project executions on project creation or after (via the visual interface, or via the API).

There are two available settings:

  • Block network access: Selected option for all new projects by default. Your execution environment will be isolated from the network, adding an additional layer of protection for your work and data. Any connection to an external network host for file upload or download, contacting a licensing server, installing additional libraries, and similar will be denied. However, you will be able to access the Platform API and access to Platform entities and internal services wonโ€™t be affected.
  • Allow network access: All network traffic is allowed without restrictions.
    All Projects that had been created before this functionality was made available on BioData Catalyst powered by Seven Bridges will continue to allow network access as they did before. However, project administrators have the option to subsequently change this setting and restrict network access for any existing project.

Control network access through the visual interface

Project administrators can allow network access by exception for a chosen project either on project creation or via the Project Settings tab for projects that have already been created.

Control network access through the API

The allow_network_access parameter provides equivalent control over the Network Access setting as a part of the following API calls:

Increase the security of a project

Your project resources are only available to you and the other Platform users you invited as project members.

All projects on the Platform are encrypted on disc and in transfer. The environment for task execution is only used to host data and run apps required by the initiating task.

You can allow the team members to access your task if you need support. To do this, make sure that the project that the task is in is not locked down. Locking down a project prevents any team member from viewing any information about the task.

To lock down your project, click on Projects on the main dashboard, select the project whose security you wish to modify, and go to the Settings tab. Then, select Lock down the execution environment under Project Security.


Project support

Locking down a project significantly limits the amount of support the team can provide for tasks within the locked project.