Daily Bulletin Archive

June 24, 2019
CORRECTION: Casper will be available this week
 
Cheyenne is scheduled to be down and unavailable starting Monday June 24 at 6:00 AM until July 1 for an operating system upgrade.
HPSS will be down on Tuesday morning from 8:00 am until 10:00 am for routine database maintenance.
No Downtime for GLADE, Casper, or Campaign store
 
 
 
June 20, 2019

A major Cheyenne operating system (OS) update is scheduled to begin Monday, June 24, and 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.

Users will still be able to log in directly to Casper to run jobs on that cluster or access the GLADE file system and HPSS.

As announced previously:

  • The Cheyenne OS will be updated from SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) Service Pack 1 to Service Pack 4. This is 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.

  • Some changes also will be made to the Cheyenne module environment to better support multiple compiler and MPI configurations while providing a more robust and easier to maintain user environment. Details here.

  • Most users’ programs and executables will need to be rebuilt following the update, as many system libraries will change.

  • Users should test their job 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 19, 2019

CISL will begin phasing in enforcement of the purge policy for files in the /glade/p file space later this year. The project space was released to users on July 1, 2018, with a stated purge policy of 12 months from file create date. With that in place, files would have been purged as soon as July 1 of this year, but users now will have more time to adjust.

Once it is fully implemented, the project space purge policy will remove files 12 months after their last access date. On October 1, 2019, files will be purged if they have not been accessed in 18 months rather than 12 months. On the first Tuesday of each subsequent month, the retention period will be shortened by one month until the 12-month limit is fully implemented in April 2020.

The detailed schedule is provided below. Users will be notified well in advance of any changes to this schedule.

Retention period implementation dates

  • 18 months – October 1, 2019

  • 17 months – November 5, 2019

  • 16 months – December 3, 2019

  • 15 months – January 7, 2020

  • 14 months – February 4, 2020

  • 13 months – March 3, 2020

  • 12 months – April 7, 2020

CISL will deploy data management tools this summer that will include utilities to help users identify files that are nearing the purge limits.

June 19, 2019

Users are reminded that they can now log in directly to casper.ucar.edu. The new Casper login nodes are now permanently available to users,  subject to normal maintenance and outage activities, as an alternative way to access the Casper system, GLADE, and HPSS.  

Cheyenne’s login nodes will be unavailable throughout the system’s operating system upgrade outage, June 24 - July 1.  Logging in to casper.ucar.edu will be the only way to access Casper, GLADE, and HPSS throughout the extended outage.

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.

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