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Here is all the latest news from the UCF ARCC:


End of ARCC Spring 2017 Maintenance Cycle

Stokes and Newton have returned to operation two days early! Please remember that we have two such maintenance downtimes per year, one in late Fall and one in late Spring.

The work performed during this downtime should not affect users. These were regular maintenance efforts that must be performed when the system is offline, but there were no changes to user, software, or hardware configurations. Fortunately, we were able to complete these early this cycle. Among the tasks performed were:

  • Replacement of a redundant component within our Lustre file system;
  • Regularization of the configuration management tools to make Newton more consistent with Stokes;
  • Some improvements to hardware monitoring tools;
  • Wide-scale performance testing.

The ARCC staff appreciates your patience and thank you for your use of the resources! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us!

Paul Wiegand & Glenn Martin

Spring Maintenance cycle downtime, May.3-May.10

Stokes and Newton will be taken down per our bi-annual routine maintenance cycle during early May. Specifically, the clusters will be unavailable from the morning of Wednesday, May 3 through the morning of Thursday, May 11.

Changes made during downtime will be minimal and should not affect users. We will provide more detail in the change log when we bring the system back online.

Recall that we now routinely bring the system down twice a year, once in late Fall and once in late Spring. We will keep the users notified in advance of such downtimes, but we recommend you build such expectations into your workflow. Though we anticipate no data loss during this time, it's never a bad idea to backup your materials. So we suggest you use this opportunity to copy salient data and code off of Stokes prior to the downtime.

UCF Research Computing Day

The UCF Advanced Research Computing Center (ARCC) announces UCF Research Computing Day 2017. This half-day event will be held on Friday, April 7th in room 101 of the Harris Engineering Center. It will cover UCF's 3,256-core high performance computing system (known as Stokes) available for research use, the UCF Research Network for high-speed data transfer, access to national resources, and even upcoming visualization resources. In addition, two current users will present their research and how high performance computing helps.

The ARCC also hopes to hear from attendees about future needs and considerations in the area of research computing.

Registration and more information (including a full agenda) is available at https://arcc.ist.ucf.edu/rcday

Changes due to Fall 2016 Maintenance Cycle

Greetings Stokes users,

Stokes has returned to operation! Please remember that we have two such maintenance downtimes per year, one in late Fall (the one we just completed) and one in late Spring.

Most of what was done this cycle should not affect users. There is one change to the way unix groups are handled that users should pay particular attention to. Please take a moment to read over the changes:

Changes include the following:

  1. SLURM was upgraded to version 16.05.7.
  2. The latest Intel Composer (2017) and GCC (6.2.0) compilers were installed.
  3. The latest OpenMPI (2.0) was built using the latest build tools (IC 2017) and GCC 6.2).
  4. Repaired some of the Dell nodes.
  5. The way Unix groups were handled were changed. See below for more details.
UNIX GROUP CHANGES:

Previously, each user had an account and each PI's user account had a corresponding group. Students and staff that worked with a given PI were in his or her personal group. Now it is different and works as follows:

  • Every user (PI or otherwise) has his or her own group and that is one's default group. For instance, if I had a student "Tom Baker" then he would have a user account "tbaker" and a default group "tbaker".
  • PIs have an additional group called pi.<PI username>. For instance, in addition to my default group "pwiegand" (in which only I am a member), I also have an account "pi.pwiegand" (in which my students and I are members). Thus, students and staff of each PI are in their own group and *also* in his or her corresponding pi group(s).
  • All files in /groups/ have been grouped to "pi.<PI username>", regardless of what they were before.
  • All files in /home/<user> directory have been re-grouped to each user's private group. **THIS COULD AFFECT USERS** who were using directories in their user area as a share point. We suggest that you use the shared /groups area rather than your personal user directories for this; however, if you want to still do this you must do so by changing the group to "pi.<PI Username>".

The ARCC staff appreciates your patience and thank you for your use of the resources! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us!

Paul Wiegand & Glenn Martin

About the UCF ARCC:
The University of Central Florida (UCF) Advanced Research Computing Center is managed by the Institute for Simulation and Training, with subsidies from the UCF Provost and Vice President for Research and Commercialization, for the use by all UCF faculty and their students. Collaboration with other universities and industry is also possible.
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