Daily Bulletin Archive

November 7, 2018

User documentation about how to start interactive jobs and batch jobs on NCAR’s new Casper data analysis and visualization cluster now includes additional detail. Starting jobs on Casper nodes has a new section on how to take advantage of the system’s local NVMe solid-state disk (SSD) storage. It also provides more information to help users specify which of the system’s multiple types of nodes to use for running their jobs.

CISL encourages users of the Geyser and Caldera systems, which will be decommissioned at the end of the year, to migrate their work to the Casper cluster soon. In addition to contacting cislhelp@ucar.edu for assistance, users can learn more about the system in a tutorial scheduled for November 14. See this CISL Daily Bulletin announcement to get more information and register.

November 5, 2018

CISL has canceled this month’s full system scheduled downtime due to the increased stability of the Cheyenne, Geyser, Caldera, and GLADE systems and to improve system availability. Next month’s scheduled maintenance downtime has been moved from December 4 to December 11 to accommodate users’ preparations for this year’s AGU conference.

Users can check the HPC Events Calendar any time to see when significant events are scheduled, including maintenance downtimes, software releases, and new hardware installations. NCAR and UCAR users can add it to their own calendars with the “+ Google Calendar” button in the lower right corner of the calendar.

November 5, 2018

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

October 30, 2018

No downtime: Cheyenne, Casper, GLADE, Geyser_Caldera

October 26, 2018

Registration is now open for the NCAR/CISL Consulting Services Group’s 45-minute Casper user tutorial at 2:30 p.m. MST on Wednesday, November 14. The tutorial will introduce the capabilities of the new Casper system, describe how to access its features, and provide some best practices. These topics will be covered in detail:

  • The four types of Casper nodes and their features

  • Accessing Casper resources using Slurm

  • Interactive jobs and remote virtual desktops (VNC)

  • Using the GPU capabilities of Casper

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:

October 24, 2018

A new lightweight, easy-to-use command is available for reporting Cheyenne job failures. The reportfailure command is intended for reporting failures that users suspect were caused by system issues such as node problems.

To report a suspected failure, from your Cheyenne command prompt enter reportfailure followed by a one-line description that includes the job ID. Here are two examples:

  • reportfailure  Job 1234567  MPT Warning, timeout with communication to r3i7n21

  • reportfailure  MPT: shepherd terminated: r2i2n21.ib0.cheyenne.ucar.edu   JobID: 2705231

The command is not intended to be a substitute for opening ExtraView tickets and users will not receive a response. Rather, use of reportfailure will help CISL more quickly identify and respond to potential system issues. If you have questions about this, contact CISL at 303-497-2400 or cislhelp@ucar.edu.


October 23, 2018

GLADE users who have not already done so need to take appropriate action soon as a result of several recent and important changes to GLADE’s project and work spaces.

As announced previously, the GLADE project and work spaces in /glade/p_old/ are now read-only and users can no longer move or delete files from those spaces. They will be decommissioned December 31 and all files will be permanently removed from the system. Users who still have files in /glade/p_old/ or /glade/p_old/work should copy them to one of the new storage systems as soon as possible.

Project spaces

CISL recommends moving active project data to /glade/p/<entity>/<project_code> where entity can be univ, uwyo, cesm, mmm, nsc, or other designated NCAR lab or special program. A one-year purge policy will be enforced on files in those new spaces, meaning files that are not accessed for more than one year will be deleted.

Project data that are not active but need to be preserved should be moved to the Campaign Storage archive. Users access and manage their Campaign Storage files with Globus services. A five-year purge policy will be enforced on Campaign Storage effective from the date files are created in that archive.

Work spaces

All users now have individual directories in /glade/work with 1-TB quotas. Files in those directories are not purged. Users should copy any files they need from their /glade/p_old/work/ directories to their new /glade/work directories before December 31.

These and other updates to storage systems have been published in table format here.

Contact cislhelp@ucar.edu with questions or for help copying files.

October 15, 2018

A recording of the October 11 NCAR/CISL tutorial, “Using Casper for Data Analysis and Visualization,” is now available on the CISL web site. See the course page to review the presentation and download the slides. The presentation introduces the capabilities of the new Casper system, describes how to access its features, and provides some best practices.

Topics covered include:

  • The three types of Casper nodes and their features

  • Accessing Casper resources using Slurm

  • Using X11 and VNC for visualization

  • Running code on the Casper GPUs

October 12, 2018

Intel software engineers will conduct a training class titled “Intel developer tools training for research computing” on Thursday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. MDT. The class is open to all UCAR and NCAR employees and will be held at the University of Colorado’s Boulder East Campus at 3100 Marine St., Rooms 646a/b.  Registration is not required and the class will not be broadcast or recorded.

The announced agenda is:

10:00    Intel Distribution for Python

11:15    Intel VTune and Analysis Tools:

  • Intel Inspector

  • Intel Roofline Analysis

  • Intel Advisor

  • Intel Platform Profiler

12:00    Lunch

 1:00    Intel VTune and Analysis Tools (continued)

 2:30    Intel Performance Libraries:

  • Intel Math Kernel Library (MKL)

  • Intel Threading Building Blocks (TBB)

  • Intel Data Analytics Acceleration Library (DAAL)

  • Intel Performance Primitives (IPP) – Overview

 3:30      Intel Open Vino Overview and What’s new in 2019

 4:00     Q&A

October 12, 2018

Early career women working in climate science are encouraged to apply by November 18 to attend the Women in Math and Public Policy workshop January 22-25, 2019, in Los Angeles. The workshop is designed to bring together women in mathematics, science, engineering, and policy to work on pressing research topics in the fields of cybersecurity and climate change. The workshop offers opportunities to work on research projects in small groups in addition to networking and talks by keynote speakers.

While participation in the group projects is by invitation only, the keynote lectures by Lucy Jones (Caltech) and Kristin Lauter (Microsoft Research) will be open to the public. For more information, see Women in Mathematics and Public Policy.