The Daily Bulletin

A semi-annual Mesa Lab building maintenance power-down scheduled for October 8 should have little impact on university users of CISL’s high-end resources. Boulder-based UCAR/NCAR staff will be unable to log in to the Yellowstone environment or other services with their authentication tokens for a few hours in the morning, but sessions that start before the power-down will not be affected.

The power-down should otherwise not affect the Yellowstone, Geyser, and Caldera clusters, the GLADE system, or HPSS, which will remain in service at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne. The maintenance work is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Saturday, October 8, and conclude by 6 p.m.

Some HPC support services and the HPSS disaster recovery resources that are housed at the Mesa Lab will be unavailable during the power-down. The affected services include the license servers  for Mathematica and the PGI compilers, the CISL web site, the help desk ticketing system, and SAM accounting system. The license server supporting MATLAB users on Yellowstone will not be affected.

Users who have urgent help requests during this time should call 303-497-2400 or 307-996-4300 to reach the NWSC operations center.

NCAR researchers and computational scientists are encouraged to submit requests for NCAR Strategic Capability (NSC) projects to be run on the new 5.34-petaflops Cheyenne system.

The deadline for NSC submissions has been extended to September 30. NSC allocations target large-scale projects lasting one year to a few years that align with NCAR’s scientific priorities and strategic plans. NSC projects will have access to the Cheyenne system early in 2017.

For more information, see the 2016 Call for Proposals from NCAR Researchers for ASD and NSC Resources.

NCAR/CISL is hosting a Globus tutorial and developer workshop October 25 and 26 at the Center Green campus (CG1) in Boulder. The workshop is open to all UCAR staff and is organized and led by the Globus development team. It is targeted at developers building web applications for research, system administrators who have deployed or are planning to deploy Globus, and others who are interested in learning more about the research data management service.

The workshop is free to participants, who will need to bring a laptop and are asked to register here. Space is limited. For more information, see the GlobusWorld Tour announcement.