Daily Bulletin Archive

January 15, 2019

New installations of Python – versions 3.6.8 and 2.7.15 – are now available on both Cheyenne and Casper. These installations were compiled with GCC 7 and use Intel's MKL for accelerated Numpy performance. You can add the executables to your path using environment modules, and then load our library of packages using the NPL utility. See this page for more information on using CISL's Python libraries.

The default version of Python will be switched from 2.7.14 to 3.6.8 on both systems on Tuesday, January 22. This move to Python 3 follows the end of new feature development on the scientific Python stack for 2.7.


January 8, 2019

The NCAR Campaign Storage system will be unavailable on Tuesday, January 8, starting at approximately 9 a.m. MST to allow CISL staff to perform a system upgrade. It is expected be returned to service before 5 p.m.

The High-Performance Storage System (HPSS) will be unavailable for about an hour beginning at 7:30 a.m. CISL will inform users through the Notifier service when all of the systems are restored.

Previously announced maintenance on the Cheyenne and Casper clusters and the GLADE file system has been deferred until February or will be accomplished without taking the expected outage.

January 8, 2019

CISL has scheduled routine maintenance downtimes on the following Tuesdays:

  • January 8, 2019 (details)

  • February 5, 2019

  • March 5, 2019

An extended downtime is being planned in May for a major operating system update to the Cheyenne system and for electrical work at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center. Details will be announced in the Daily Bulletin when the dates are set.

Information on scheduled outages is also available on the CISL HPC calendar.


January 8, 2019

Casper: Monday, noon to 2 p.m.

Campaign Storage, HPSS: Details

No downtime: Cheyenne, GLADE   

January 4, 2019

The Fortran language has evolved a lot since its first version in 1957 in order to take advantage of new computing systems. Now, the use of vector instructions (or SIMD) can result in substantial performance improvements on current and future architectures. Alessandro Fanfarillo, NCAR Research Applications Laboratory, will lead a workshop January 29 to help participants make their Fortran codes run more efficiently through vectorization and other techniques.

When: 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 29

Where: Room 3131, Center Green campus (CG1), Boulder

Participants will get a detailed, practical explanation of how to obtain high performance from modern Fortran codes, with a particular focus on how to exploit the hardware instructions provided by modern processors. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Fortran 90 constructs, such as array syntax and allocation, recursion, modules, and intrinsic, elemental and pure functions. Participants are encouraged to bring their own codes and laptop computers.

Register here to attend.


January 3, 2019

Two NCAR/CISL tutorials are coming up soon and there’s still time to register and attend either in person or online. Follow these links to learn more about what’s covered and to sign up:

December 31, 2018

Correction: Casper is expected to remain available to users throughout the day except for a brief interruption to job submissions sometime during the 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. maintenance window announced earlier today.

No downtime: Cheyenne, Casper, GLADE and HPSS   

December 31, 2018

The CISL Help Desk and Consulting Office will close at 2:00 pm Monday, December 31 for the New Years holiday. For assistance with any urgent issues, call 303-497-2400 or email cislhelp@ucar.edu both of which are always monitored.


December 28, 2018

The CISL User Services Section will present an in-person and online tutorial at 9 a.m. MST on Monday, January 14, for new users of NCAR’s Cheyenne high-performance computing system. The 60-minute tutorial will cover basic usage and typical user workflows. Topics will include:

  • The Cheyenne computing environment

  • Accessing software, including compilers and MPI libraries

  • Submitting batch jobs using the PBS scheduler

Register to attend in person – in the Damon Conference Room at NCAR’s Mesa Lab in Boulder – or attend online by selecting one of these links:

December 27, 2018

No downtime: Cheyenne, GLADE, Geyser_Caldera, HPSS and Casper