The DSCR Maintenance window is now finished; the DSCR is back to normal operation
The DSCR is now under it’s previously-scheduled maintenance window. We expect to update almost every cluster component — storage, network, compute-servers — so it may take until Thursday before the system is ready. We’ll make another announcement as soon as it is available.
**** DSCR Maintenance
**** Tuesday, September 24th/8am to Thursday, September 26th/5pm
**** Full Cluster Outage — All jobs will be removed
We need to perform our regular quarterly maintenance on the DSCR as well as some firmware updates to the file servers, core switch, and many of the Dell chassis. We also need to have new power-drops brought to older racks so that we can convert then from the older style 1U servers to the newer Dell blades. Given the amount of work to do, we are aiming for a full outage covering three days.
All jobs on the DSCR will be killed on Tuesday morning so that we can power down equipment and perform the needed updates.
We will also disable all of the queues on Monday night (September 23rd, 5pm) — this will prevent your jobs from starting and then being killed on Tuesday morning. Since all running jobs will be terminated, users should be careful not to launch long-running jobs just before the outage is scheduled to start — i.e. if your job will take several days to run, please launch it well in advance of Tuesday’s downtime.
For more information, see:
From our friends at Shodor.org:
IEEE Cluster 2013
September 23-27, 2013
Thanks to the generosity of the National Science Foundation and our Bronze and Silver sponsors we are now able to offer registration and travel scholarships. See the website for details. Application deadline is September 13 but we will be making decisions on awards as the applications come in so students may make travel arrangements as soon as possible – this makes it somewhat of a first-come first-served application process. http://pti.iu.edu/ieeecluster-2013/student.php If you are interested in mentoring a student please let me know right away.
Workshops and Tutorials
If you haven’t already done so, consider attending the Monday tutorials or Friday workshops.
http://pti.iu.edu/ieeecluster-2013/workshops.php (some are still accepting papers, see each workshop URL for more information)
Conference Program on SCHED
SCHED allows you to login, create a custom schedule of what you’re interested in attending, print your own guide or schedule, have a profile in the attendee directory and more. Create your free login and start using SCHED to plan your conference experience.
DSCR Maintenance – Friday, August 9th, 8-9am
We need to implement some new controls on the DSCR’s core switch and we’re targeting tomorrow (Fri) morning, between 8-9am.
There should be no significant impact to DSCR users. The login machines, compute nodes, and queuing system should all continue to work. The main impact should be to dscr-xfer-01, which will be unavailable for a few minutes while the new configuration is loaded.
If your computational jobs rely on external connections (i.e. wget or sftp’ing files from a remote server), they may see some impact. Hopefully, any file transfer will simply be delayed while the upgrade takes place. If you see any connection failures, please let us know.
Sorry for the late notice on this, but we feel this config change will provide better stabilty to the network.
Patrick Royal (OIT Student Technology Trainer) became a lynda.com author in spring 2013! During the spring semester, he wrote a series of scripts about MATLAB, and then at the start of the summer he flew to the lynda campus in Carpinteria, CA to record the videos. The final product was uploaded in July as ‘Up and Running with MATLAB‘. This tutorial, along with all of the other 104,000+ videos available through the lynda.com online training library. Duke faculty, students and staff can go here to connect: training.oit.duke.edu/lynda. Patrick is now working on a new tutorial based on Java EE, slated to be released near the beginning of next year.
(cross-posted from OIT Connections, Cara Bonnett)
SIGHPC is offering two travel grant opportunities for students (undergraduate or early career graduate student) to attend the Supercomputing/SC13 Conference in Denver. Each opportunity supports up to 3 grants. Each awarded student will be reimbursed for up to US$600 for travel within North America – or US$1200 if travel originates outside of North America.
Students awarded a travel grant under either program will be assigned a mentor to help them navigate the conference. Please refer to additional details on the SIGHPC web page, http://www.sighpc.org/resources/travel.
The deadline for ACM-W grants is August 15; the deadline for SIGHPC grants is September 15. Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grid Computing @ Duke
Fall 2013 Campus Infrastructures Workshop
The workshop serves as a forum for the US Grid Computing Community to discuss technology that enables University campuses to set up a grid computing environment, access the Open Science Grid and provide their campus communities with access to significant computing resources. It will also provide an introduction for the Duke community on how to utilize the Open Science Grid and grid computing resources on campus.
Sponsored by the Information Initiative @ Duke (iiD)
From HPCWire and Intel:
“Learning how to write parallel and vector HPC programs will take a lot longer than five minutes. But with a series of five-minute videos introduced this week, Intel’s director and parallel programming evangelist James Reinders gives prospective parallel and vector programmers an introduction to the tools and techniques they’ll use to write code for the chip giant’s latest processors and coprocessors.
The series will cover a different aspect of HPC programming every week for 12 weeks with the new series called The Five Minute Guide to Parallel and Vector Software Programming. New episodes will come out every Wednesday through the middle of August.”
The current line-up:
The videos are being hosted at the HPCWire website — click here.
Original announcement found at HPCWire.
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From the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering – http://vscse.org/ –
The VSCSE Summer School continues to be a popular choice for graduate students, post- doctoral students and professionals from academia, government and industry to gain the skills they need to leverage the power of cutting-edge computational resources.
We’re planning a number of exciting activities for 2013, including two multi-day summer school courses:
Register now at the XSEDE Portal!
The Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering (VSCSE) helps graduate students, post-docs and young professionals from all disciplines and institutions across the country gain the skills they need to use advanced computational resources to advance their research.
Often the practical aspects of computational science fall between the cracks as computer science departments focus on what computer scientists need to know and domain science and engineering departments focus on the applications of computer science to those disciplines. The Virtual School was created to help students fill those knowledge gaps, preparing them to use emerging petascale (and then exascale) computing resources. Participating in the Virtual School also helps students build networks of fellow researchers who they can turn to for support and collaboration.
Virtual School courses are delivered simultaneously at multiple locations across the country using high-definition videoconferencing technology.
Questions? Email email@example.com.