Daily Bulletin Archive

June 18, 2019

No scheduled downtime: Cheyenne, Casper, Campaign Storage, GLADE and HPSS.

June 14, 2019

The Cheyenne module environment will undergo a number of significant changes following the system’s operating system update the week of June 24 - July 1. The planned changes are designed to better support multiple compiler and MPI configurations while providing a more robust and easier to maintain user environment.

The supported compiler and MPI versions will change when Cheyenne is restored to service. All versions of the Intel 2016 compiler will be removed. Versions 2017, 2018 (which will be the new default), and 2019 will remain available. The latest GNU 7, 8, and 9 compilers and PGI 19 will be installed as well.

MPT 2.19 will remain as Cheyenne’s default MPI and it will be available for all the above supported compilers. Intel MPI (module name impi) will be available for each of the supported Intel compilers and OpenMPI 3.1.4 will be available for the supported PGI and GNU compilers.

Further details on the module changes will be provided during the week of June 24.

June 13, 2019

Dan Nagle, CISL Consulting Services Group, is soliciting NCAR Fortran programmers who would like some help updating older code. A SIParCS intern will work with the owner of the code under Dan’s supervision.

Examples sought include code that would benefit from having older features replaced with modern equivalents, card-format image source decks replaced by free form source form, and old versions of libraries updated to newer versions. Contact dnagle@ucar.edu.

June 10, 2019

A major Cheyenne operating system (OS) update is scheduled to begin Monday, June 24, and is expected to be completed by Monday, July 1. The Cheyenne cluster will be unavailable during the update, including the system’s login nodes and all cron services. However, users will be able to access the Casper cluster, GLADE file system, and HPSS through the recently deployed Casper login nodes.

The Cheyenne OS will be updated from SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) Service Pack 1 to SLES Service Pack 4. The update is required to bring the system up to current security and support levels and is expected to be the last operating system upgrade in Cheyenne’s lifetime.

Most users’ programs and executables will need to be rebuilt following the update, as many system libraries will change. Most scripts should not require modifications but users should test their commonly used scripts thoroughly after Cheyenne is returned to service.

The routine monthly maintenance times that were scheduled for July 2, August 6, and September 3 have been canceled.

June 10, 2019

No scheduled downtime: Cheyenne, Casper, Campaign Storage, GLADE and HPSS.

June 7, 2019

Registration is open for the CMIP6 Hackathon, a hands-on event including tutorials, software development, data analysis, and opportunities for collaboration centered around effective computational workflows and CMIP-related science.

The October 16-18 event will be held concurrently at two locations: the NCAR Mesa Lab in Boulder, Colorado, and the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York. Limited funding is available to support travel and lodging, with preference given to early-career scientists. Participants will be selected on the basis of interests, experience, and potential to contribute to collaborative initiatives. People from observational or application-related backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The deadline to apply is July 31. See the NCAR CMIP6 Hackathon website for more information.

June 5, 2019

The six Cheyenne login nodes are shared by everyone in the user community, so it’s important to keep in mind their intended purposes. Beyond logging in, users can run short, non-memory-intensive processes on the login nodes. These include tasks such as text editing or running small serial scripts or programs and submitting jobs to run on the compute nodes.

Memory-intensive processes that slow login node performance for all users are killed automatically and the responsible parties are notified by email. One good way to avoid this is by running an interactive job on the batch nodes when you need to do more memory-intensive work.

Learn more about using shared resources.

June 3, 2019

No scheduled downtime: Cheyenne, Casper, Campaign Storage, GLADE and HPSS.

May 30, 2019

Video and slides from the May 24 tutorial for Cheyenne and Casper users have been published in the CISL Course Library. The 75-minute Introduction to Cheyenne for New Users covers basic usage and typical user workflows. Topics discussed include:

  • Overview of compute and storage resources

  • Using software and building applications

  • Scheduling jobs on the batch resources

  • Workflow recommendations and best practices

May 29, 2019

Keeping your files organized in a system like GLADE can greatly simplify your life and save you lots of time and trouble. Say you have 20 TB of Mount Pinatubo volcanic aerosols data. Keep those files in a subdirectory such as /glade/u/home/$USER/pinatubo rather than scattered among unrelated files or in multiple directories. Specialized trees are easier to share with other users and to transfer to other users or projects as necessary.

More about managing files and other best practices.

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