Daily Bulletin Archive

Jul. 22, 2012
CISL and IBM have made enough progress on the installation of Yellowstone that we can now provide more accurate information about the likely schedule for acceptance and availability of NCAR's new petascale system.

Nearly all Yellowstone hardware has been delivered and is being assembled in the NWSC machine room. In a major milestone, on July 5, Yellowstone was completely powered on. While no significant problems arose, a number of hardware issues have been noted and are being addressed. The number of hardware issues are well within expectations for a system the size of Yellowstone. IBM and CISL are continuing to install software and configure the administrative and user environments. We are now estimating that the installation activities will be completed by the end of July.

At that point, IBM and CISL will jointly conduct benchmarks and run the system with a simulated workload around the clock for three weeks, a period called the Acceptance Test Period (ATP). If Yellowstone successfully completes the acceptance tests, CISL will take over the system from IBM, and we expect at least two additional weeks for NCAR-specific configuration and customization, which may involve clearing all data from the new disk system (several times) to optimize file system performance.

Our best estimate for completing these activities pushes the start of Accelerated Scientific Discovery (ASD) projects to early September. The rest of the user community will have access as soon as practical after the ASD projects begin.

We will keep you posted as we proceed, particularly about significant changes in this schedule. Please contact cislhelp@ucar.edu with any questions.
 
 
 
Jul. 19, 2012

HPSS:  Downtime Tuesday, July 17, 7:00am-9:00am

No Scheduled Downtime: Bluefire,  DAV, GLADE, Lynx

Jul. 12, 2012
 
 Advanced Topics in Fortran Programming
Date and Time: 
July 11, 2012 - July 13, 2012
9:00-12:00am, 1:00-4:00pm
Location: 
Vislab at Mesa
Speaker: 
Dan Nagle

Topics:

  • Testing
  • Debugging
  • Memory Leaks
  • Array Techniques
  • Pointer Rank and Bounds Remapping
  • Allocatable Arrays
  • Interoperability with C
  • Type Extension and Polymorphism
  • Abstract Types
  • Final Procedures
  • Parameterized Derived Types
  • Coarrays
  • Synchronization
  • Data Placement and Motion
  • Enhanced Modules

Click for Registration:

Registration is first-come, first-served. If the registration is full, you will be placed to a waiting list automatically. A final confirmation letter will be sent to you later.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to cislhelp.at.ucar.edu.

Jul. 2, 2012

The CISL User Services Section (USS) would like your help in reviewing end-user documentation for the new Yellowstone HPC, analysis, and visualization clusters. We want to make sure we meet your needs as users of these resources.

There are two ways you can help:

  1. Comment on content that has been published already by using our online Feedback Form. We appreciate any suggestions for improvement.
  2. Review new content before it is published for general consumption. You will occasionally receive draft copy for a new web page and asked for your input.

If you can review some early drafts, let us know through the feedback form or email B.J. Smith, USS documentation writer/editor.

Jun. 30, 2012

 The consulting walk-in service will be closed on June 29 AM in order to allow consulting staff members to attend SEA townhall meeting invited by NCAR director. We will respond to the tickets submitted in our ExtraView system before and after this meeting as usual. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this closure.

Jun. 29, 2012

Training OpportunitiesWays to build or refresh your HPC skills will be easy to identify with the addition of a new “Training Opportunities” button on CISL end-user documentation web pages.

The orange button appears on the right side of your screen when there are training materials from NCAR, XSEDE, or HPC University that relate to a page’s content. Just click the button to see a list of the courses.

Give it a try by looking at our Yellowstone Software page, for example.

Let us know what you think. We appreciate your feedback.

Jun. 29, 2012

Bluefire: Downtime Tuesday, June 26, 6:00am - 1:00pm

HPSS:    Downtime Tuesday, June 26, 7:00am - 10:am

No Scheduled Downtime: DAV, GLADE, Lynx

Jun. 28, 2012
Boulder County lifted the pre-evacuation order for the Table Mesa area yesterday evening, and UCAR planned a delayed opening for this morning, with staff able to return to the Mesa Lab at 10 a.m.
CISL operations staff were granted early access and began bringing up Bluefire, GLADE, Mirage/Storm, and HPSS at around 9 a.m. Most systems are expected to be up by 10 a.m., though Bluefire may take slightly longer to restart. A Notifier message will go out as each system becomes available.
Once restarted, CISL staff and systems will return to normal operations mode.
Jun. 27, 2012

CISL Help Desk will be unable to assist walk-ins on Wednesday, June 27.
The Help Desk team and HPC Consultants will be on duty, and users may continue to send
email to cislhelp@ucar.edu or call 303-497-2400. Your questions will be addressed as soon as possible.

Jun. 27, 2012

The Mesa Lab is closed all day today, June 27, to all staff other than critical operations staff due to the Flagstaff Fire west of Boulder. Because even these last few staff will have to leave immediately if a mandatory evacuation is ordered, Bluefire and the other CISL systems will remain down until operations staff are able to safely return. 

The Flagstaff Fire started yesterday afternoon, spreading rapidly and leading UCAR to issue an informal evacuation of NCAR's Mesa Lab. To enable operations staff to leave, CISL shut down all of its major systems, including Bluefire, at 4 p.m. June 26.

UCAR and local fire officials will continue to evaluate the fire situation. CISL will provide further updates about the status of Bluefire and other systems via the Notifier service.

CISL Help Desk and Consulting staff are working remotely today. Users may call 303-497-2400 or email cislhelp@ucar.edu with any questions.


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