Daily Bulletin Archive

Feb. 6, 2018

This one-hour tutorial will focus on practices and procedures for efficiently storing and retrieving files from the NCAR/CISL High Performance Storage System (HPSS). The tutorial is at 11 a.m. MDT on Wednesday, March 14, both online and in the Chapman Room (ML245) at the NCAR Mesa Lab in Boulder.

Participants will learn how to manage their workflows to avoid overspending storage allocations, and what to do if their transfers fail because they’ve reached their storage limits. The limits will be enforced beginning Monday, April 2, as announced here. Topics also include deciding when data should (and should not) be archived to HPSS; how to archive large data sets efficiently; and how best to retrieve and archive files depending on the location of the user’s processes.

Please register using one of these links:

Feb. 2, 2018

Registration is now open for a free, four-hour tutorial on wrf-python from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 7, at the NCAR/UCAR Corporate Technical Training Center (CG-2) in Boulder. The tutorial is a beginner-friendly introduction to wrf-python for users of the Python programming language. Seating is limited to 16 students. The deadline for registration is February 21. See this link for more information and registration.

Jan. 30, 2018

HPSS downtime: Tuesday, January 30 from 7:00 am - 11:00 am MST

No downtime: Cheyenne, GLADE, Geyser_Caldera

Jan. 29, 2018

Users’ Cheyenne jobs sometimes fail because not enough usable memory is available to run them. Determining how much memory a program needs to run is a key step in avoiding this problem, so CISL provides the peak_memusage tool to help. 

See Checking memory use for how to use peak_memusage. Also see this page for how to specify your memory requirements in a job script.

Jan. 29, 2018

CISL staff will perform maintenance on the Geyser and Caldera clusters today, January 29, from approximately 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. MST to update the systems’ directory information services configurations.

No interruptions to Geyser, Caldera, Cheyenne, or the GLADE file system are expected throughout the maintenance period.  Please contact cislhelp@ucar.edu if you experience any disruptions.

Jan. 25, 2018

Registration is now open for an NCAR/CISL series of four one-day workshops on Modern Fortran beginning Tuesday, February 6.

Dan Nagle, CISL Consulting Services Group software engineer and a member of the U.S. Fortran Standards Technical Committee, will provide the training at the NCAR Mesa Lab’s Fleischmann Building in Boulder.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers with recent releases of gfortran, mpich, and opencoarrays. Each workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. with an hour break at noon.

  • Scalar Fortran - February 6: Scope, definition, scalar declarations and usage, and interacting with the processor.

  • Vector Fortran - February 20: Arrays, storage order, elemental operations, and array intrinsics.

  • Object-Oriented Fortran - February 27: Derived types, defined operations, defined assignment, and inheritance.

  • Parallel Fortran - March 6: Coarray concepts, declarations, and usage; synchronization and treating failed images.

Use this form to register to attend one or more workshops. The workshops will not be webcast or recorded.

Jan. 22, 2018

The Cheyenne, Wyoming, area experienced widespread power outages on Sunday from heavy snow and wind. Following several hours of issues related to power stability, the Cheyenne HPC system was powered down Sunday night to protect the hardware.

As of 9 a.m. MST today, power is being restored and CISL staff expect to have the Cheyenne system back up by 2 p.m. CISL will inform users through the Notifier service when the system is restored.

Jan. 22, 2018

The Geyser and Caldera clusters will be unavailable Monday, January 22, from approximately 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to allow CISL staff to perform updates on the systems’ networking configurations.

A system reservation will be in place to prevent batch jobs from executing after 10 a.m. Jobs that are running when the outage begins will be killed. No impact to other NCAR HPC systems or the GLADE file system is expected during the outage.

CISL will inform users through the Notifier service when the system is restored. We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause and thank you for your patience.

Jan. 22, 2018

The OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research is offering a free “Supercomputing in Plain English (SiPE)” workshop in weekly sessions beginning January 23 and running through May 1. Participants can attend live in person on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman or via videoconference. Each hour-long session begins at 11:30 a.m. Mountain time.

Workshop sessions focus on fundamental High Performance Computing (HPC) issues and topics, including: overview of HPC; the storage hierarchy; instruction-level parallelism; high performance compilers; shared memory parallelism (e.g., OpenMP); distributed parallelism (e.g., MPI); HPC application types and parallel paradigms; multicore optimization; high-throughput computing; accelerator computing (e.g., GPUs); scientific and I/O libraries; and scientific visualization. Slides from previous workshops are available here.

Use this form to register for the semester.

SiPE is targeted at an audience of computer scientists and other scientists and engineers, including undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, staff, and professionals. Participants should have some recent programming experience or one semester of coursework in Fortan, C, C++, or Java.

Jan. 19, 2018

The CISL Help Desk and Consulting Office will be closed Friday from 11:30 am - 2:00 pm for a USS function. For assistance with any urgent issues, call 303-497-2400 or email cislhelp@ucar.edu both of which are always monitored.