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  • Blue Waters: NPCF Facility Power Maintenance Complete

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-06-24 06:07:40 (Channels: scheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    The NPCF facility power maintenance is complete and Blue Waters has returned to service at 06:00 hours.

    Please email help+bw@ncsa.illinois.edu to report any issues.

     

  • Blue Waters Scheduled Maintence Extended until June 24 6AM CT

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-06-24 05:18:12 (Channels: scheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    The scheduled maintenance has been extended until June 24th 6AM due to technical difficulties. We apologize for the delay in Return to Service. Availability details: Subsystem / Services  Projected Interruption Duration Compute June 23 05:00 - June 24 06:00 Login / Filesystem June 23 05:00 - June 24 06:00 Scheduler June 23 05:00 - June 24...
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  • Reminder: Blue Waters Scheduled Maintenance June 23rd 2019 5AM

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-06-22 14:39:23 (Channels: scheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Reminder of Maintenance, On Sunday June 23, electrical maintenance is scheduled to take place at the NPCF Building which hosts Blue Waters.  Therefore, beginning at 05:00 CT, all Blue Waters subsystems will be unavailable.  The outage is expected to last until 03:00 the following morning, June 24. During this interruption, Blue Waters and...
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  • Blue Waters Scheduled Maintenance

    Created by: jenos 2019-06-17 12:10:59 (Channels: scheduledoutages)

    On Sunday June 23, electrical maintenance is scheduled to take place at the NPCF which hosts Blue Waters.  Therefore, beginning at 05:00 CT, all Blue Waters subsystems will be unavailable.  The outage is expected to last until 03:00 the following morning, June 24. During this interruption, Blue Waters and its subsystems will...
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  • Nearline Tape Library Has Returned To Service

    Created by: briandi 2019-06-03 14:50:45 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    The HPSS storage subsystem issue on Blue Waters was resolved and the system returned to normal operations at 2:45 PM CT

  • Nearline Tape Library Emergency System Maintenance

    Created by: briandi 2019-06-03 11:22:39 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters Users, Blue Waters is experiencing an issue on the HPSS storage subsystem (ncsa#Nearline) that began at 8:45 AM CT. System support staff are evaluating and attempting to restore normal service. The rest of Blue Waters subsystems remain in normal operation. Some transfers out of Nearline may be affected during this...
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  • Blue Waters: Nearline Tape Library Has Returned To Service

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-05-31 12:58:05 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    The Nearline subsystem reboot completed at 11:30AM today.

    All existing transfers should resume as Nearline was returned to service.

  • Nearline Tape Library System Reboot

    Created by: bbode 2019-05-31 09:28:04 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    The Nearline subsystem is currently undergoing an emergancy reboot to clear multiple issues. It is expected to return to service by 1PM today.

    All existing transfers will resume once Nearline returns to service.

  • Blue Waters Has Returned to Service

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-05-16 17:15:55 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    The storage issue on Blue Waters projects file system has been resolved and the system returned to normal operations at "5:07" PM CT. Any teams who were impacted by the file system issue have been contacted individually. The scheduler has resumed normal operations. Thank you for your patience while this was...
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  • Blue Waters Project File System Update

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-05-16 09:29:40 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    We are in the process of running a file system check and repair of a small portion of the projects file system. When that is complete we will access the results and take appropriate action. Update: File system repair continues and is expected to last until late this afternoon (5/16). If...
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  • Blue Waters Project File System Issue

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-05-15 15:20:25 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters Users, Blue Waters is currently experiencing a storage server issue for a portion of the projects filesystem. As a result, all I/O transactions targeting the affected storage server will block. A single storage server supplies a small fraction of the file system data and all remaining storage servers continue normal operation....
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  • Blue Waters OSS Return to Service

    Created by: squaire3 2019-05-12 12:33:07 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    The storage issue on Blue Waters was resolved and the system returned to normal operations at 12:30 PM CT. Scheduler has also been resumed.

  • Blue Waters OSS Failover

    Created by: squaire3 2019-05-12 09:18:53 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters is currently experiencing a storage server failover on the OSS file system that began at 8:08 AM CT. As a result, all I/O transactions targeting the affected storage server will block until the failover completes on all clients. A single storage server supplies a small fraction of the...
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  • MPI Programming XSEDE training; satellite site at NCSA May 6-7, 2019

    Created by: gbauer 2019-04-30 08:37:14 (Channels: bestpractices|trainandopportunities)

    Illinois Users of Blue Waters; We would like to inform you of an upcoming training opportunity.  NCSA will be hosting a local site for the XSEDE / Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center  MPI programming workshop on May 6-7, 2019. This workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to MPI...
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  • Nearline Tape Library System Maintenance

    Created by: glasgow 2019-04-29 16:55:33 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Nearline maintenance work is complete and the service has returned to full operations as of: 1600hrs, April 29th, 2019 --- Nearline is undergoing emergency service on one tape library. The work is related to fallout from last week's hardware service and is expected to take approximately 10 hours to complete. Some files may...
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  • Nearline Tape Library System Maintenance

    Created by: glasgow 2019-04-29 09:42:49 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Nearline is undergoing emergency service on one tape library. The work is related to fallout from last week's hardware service and is expected to take approximately 10 hours to complete. Some files may not be accessible during that time.

    Start time: 0945hrs to ~ 2000hrs, April 29, 2019

  • Nearline Tape Library System Maintenance

    Created by: glasgow 2019-04-22 15:04:14 (Channels: scheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    One of Nearline's four tape libraries will undergo maintenance to correct power control problems. This library system will be unavailable for four hours while the work is conducted. Files stored in the library will be unavailable for staging during that time. Retrieval jobs from Globus will wait for the files...
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  • XSEDE MPI Programming training opportunity satellite site at NCSA, May 6-7

    Created by: gbauer 2019-04-16 11:55:34 (Channels: bestpractices|trainandopportunities)

    Illinois Users of Blue Waters; We would like to inform you of a training opportunity. XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will be presenting a MPI programming workshop on May 6-7, 2019. For course details please see https://portal.xsede.org/course-calendar/-/training-user/class/1375. For interested UIUC and regional participants please register for the NCSA location at...
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  • Blue Waters Return to Service

    Created by: squaire3 2019-04-12 15:41:38 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    The high-speed network issue on Blue Waters was resolved and the system returned to normal operations at 3:34 PM CT. Scheduler has also been resumed.

  • Blue Waters Scheduler Paused - HSN Issue

    Created by: squaire3 2019-04-12 15:02:55 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters is experiencing an issue on the high-speed network that began at 2:10 PM CT. System support staff are evaluating and attempting to restore normal service. Job scheduling is paused until the issue is resolved. The file systems and data transfer services are operating normally. Logins have been occationally hanging...
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  • Nearline Endpoint Paused for Storage Maintenance

    Created by: glasgow 2019-04-08 23:14:20 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    The Nearline endpoint has now been returned to normal operations.  The Blue Water's Nearline endpoint will be paused beginning at 1700hrs CDT. New and current user actions/requests will be paused and will resume normal activity when the endpoint is released. No user action is necessary. This maintenance...
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  • Nearline Endpoint Paused for Storage Maintenance

    Created by: glasgow 2019-04-08 16:27:20 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    The Blue Water's Nearline endpoint will be paused beginning at 1700hrs CDT. New and current user actions/requests will be paused and will resume normal activity when the endpoint is released. No user action is necessary. This maintenance window will be used to conduct resource management operations that have been deferred...
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  • Blue Waters Returned to Service

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-04-07 15:14:36 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue WAters Users,

    The storage server issue on the scratch file system is resolved. I/O transactions initiated during the outage should have resumed when the Lustre target returned. Blue Waters has resumed normal operations.

  • Blue Waters Scheduler is paused 9:30 AM

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-04-07 10:30:00 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters Users, Blue Waters is currently experiencing a storage server issue for a small portion of the scratch filesystem. As a result, all I/O transactions targeting the affected storage server will block. A single storage server supplies a small fraction of the file system data and all remaining storage servers continue normal...
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  • BlueWaters cabinet failure

    Created by: mshow 2019-03-23 16:44:36 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    The cabinet has been restored.

  • BlueWaters repair complete

    Created by: mshow 2019-03-23 05:13:22 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    The cabinet has been restored

  • BlueWaters cabinet failure

    Created by: mshow 2019-03-23 03:46:37 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    A cabinet has shutdown resulting in job loss and an incomplete network configuration. It is unknown at this time when a return to service can be expected for that cabinet. Watch the Blue Waters portal blog for updates.

  • OpenACC GPU Programming XSEDE training; satellite site at NCSA March 5th

    Created by: gbauer 2019-02-25 12:24:27 (Channels: bestpractices|trainandopportunities)

    Illinois Users of Blue Waters; We would like to inform you of an upcoming training opportunity.  NCSA will be hosting a local site for the XSEDE / Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center  OpenACC GPU programming workshop on March 5, 2019. For course details please see https://www.xsede.org/web/xup/course-calendar/-/training-user/class/1144. For interested UIUC area participants please register for the...
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  • Blue Waters returned to service

    Created by: mshow 2019-02-24 03:41:58 (Channels: mandatory|unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    The high-speed network issue on Blue Waters was resolved and the system returned to normal operations at 3:30 AM CT.

  • Blue Waters High Speed Network issue

    Created by: mshow 2019-02-23 23:43:19 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters is experiencing an issue on the high-speed network that began at 9:48 PM CT. System support staff are evaluating and attempting to restore normal service. Job scheduling is paused until the issue is resolved. The file systems and data transfer services are operating normally. Interim updates will be posted on...
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  • Reminder: Next Blue Waters User Call TODAY, Monday, February 18th at 1PM Central

    Created by: gbauer 2019-02-18 08:33:00 (Channels: bestpractices|general)

    Join us for the next Blue Waters User call TODAY, Monday, February 18th at 1PM Central. As always we value your input. Please join us. We will discuss on the call:  Nearline and Data Best Practices Recent Events Recent Changes. Outstanding Issues. Utilization, Usage, and other metrics. Upcoming Opportunities.  Slides will be posted to https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/past-webinars before the meeting...
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  • Completed: Blue Waters Near-line Storage Maintenance

    Created by: jenos 2019-02-07 21:51:57 (Channels: scheduledoutages)

    The Blue Waters Near-line storage system hardware and software upgrade process has completed successfully as of 5:30pm Feb 7.  Please report any issues to help+bw@ncsa.illinois.edu . Availability details: Subsystem / Services  Projected Interruption Duration Compute No interrupt Login / Filesystem No interrupt Scheduler No interrupt Globus online endpoint (ncsa#BlueWaters) No interrupt Globus nearline endpoint (ncsa#Nearline) Feb 7 5am...
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  • Blue Waters Notice: System returned to service

    Created by: jenos 2019-02-06 15:31:27 (Channels: unscheduledoutages)

    Blue Waters Users:

    The reboot is complete and the system has returned to service as of 3:14pm CT. Tomorrow's near-line storage maintenance will proceed as planned.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.

     

  • Blue Waters Unplanned Reboot

    Created by: bbode 2019-02-06 10:00:16 (Channels: unscheduledoutages)

    Blue Waters Users, We experienced an issue that has the high speed network in an unrecoverable state. We have to reboot the system to recover and all running jobs will be lost. The login nodes and endpoints (ncsa#Nearline ncsa#BlueWaters) will remain available during the reboot. The current estimate for return to...
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  • Blue Waters Near-line Storage Maintenance Feb 7-8

    Created by: jenos 2019-01-25 17:09:55 (Channels: scheduledoutages)

    Maintenance for the Blue Waters Nearline storage system has been rescheduled after passing regression tests: it will undergo maintenance starting on Thursday, February 7th, possibly extending through February 8th. The system will be undergoing a significant software and hardware update that is expected to enhance performance and function. All other Blue Waters subsystems,...
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  • New Blue Waters Webinars Announced

    Created by: gbauer 2019-01-18 09:52:03 (Channels: trainandopportunities)

    Apologies if you get this multiple times.   Click here to see this online       New Blue Waters Webinars Announced   Read More
  • Blue Waters Notice: System returned to service

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-01-12 13:09:15 (Channels: scheduledoutages|unscheduledoutages)

    Blue Waters Users:

    The reboot is complete and the system has returned to service.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.

     

  • Blue Waters Notice: Unplanned Reboot

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-01-12 09:58:18 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters Users, We experienced an issue that has the high speed network in an unrecoverable state. We have to reboot the system to recover and all running jobs will be lost. The login nodes and endpoints (ncsa#Nearline ncsa#BlueWaters) will remain available during the reboot. The current estimate for return to...
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  • Blue Waters Notice: Nearline System (HPSS) return to service

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-01-10 15:24:20 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters Users:

    The ncsa#Nearline endpoint is available and has returned to service at 3PM CT. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    -Blue Waters

  • Blue Waters Notice: Nearline System (HPSS) remains unavailable.

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-01-10 09:38:30 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters Users:

    The ncsa#Nearline endpoint is paused pending repairs suffered to systems during the data center power failure on 1/09/19. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Please check back for an update on the situtation.

    -Blue Waters

     

  • Blue Waters Notice: System has returned to service

    Created by: jenos 2019-01-10 09:37:52 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

      Blue Waters Users: The power outage at the NPCF building has been resolved.  All Blue Waters services are now available with the exception of the Nearline storage system, which will take a bit longer to recover.  The job scheduler has been resumed and login nodes have access re-enabled.  There will be...
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  • Blue Waters Near-line Storage Maintenance Jan 23-25

    Created by: jenos 2019-01-09 16:59:42 (Channels: scheduledoutages)

  • Subsystem / Services  Projected Interruption Duration
    Compute No interrupt
    Login / Filesystem No interrupt
    Scheduler No interrupt
    Globus online endpoint (ncsa#BlueWaters) No interrupt
    Globus nearline endpoint (ncsa#Nearline) Jan 23 5am - Jan 25 11:59pm

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    The Blue Waters Nearline storage system will undergo maintenance starting on Wednesday, January 23th, possibly extending a service outage through January 25th. The system will be undergoing a significant software and hardware update that is expected to enhance performance and function. All other Blue Waters subsystems, as summarized below, will...
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  • Blue Waters Notice: Power disruption

    Created by: jenos 2019-01-09 16:21:59 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters Users: Update 4:20pm: All systems up except Nearline.  Access remains restricted while performance tests complete. A power outage at the building housing the Blue Waters system has caused a service interruption; all running jobs were consequently terminated.  All Blue Waters subsystems have been affected and are currently out of...
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  • Blue Waters announcement: XSEDE OpenMP training site at NCSA January 16

    Created by: gbauer 2019-01-08 12:03:17 (Channels: trainandopportunities)

    Illinois Blue Waters users; XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, is pleased to announce a one-day OpenMP workshop Tuesday, January 16 from 11am to 5pm Eastern. This workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to OpenMP programming. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge...
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  • Blue Waters Notice: System returned to service

    Created by: jenos 2018-12-27 23:43:11 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters Users:

    The power outage at the Blue Waters building has been resolved and the compute nodes have been restarted. The Blue Waters system has been returned to normal operations at 11:40 PM CT. We apologize for any inconvenience.

     

  • Blue Waters Announcement: Winter Holiday services

    Created by: gbauer 2018-12-21 09:21:34 (Channels: systemnotices|general)

    Blue Waters partners; NCSA staff will observe the University of Illinois Winter break schedule starting 5pm Friday December 21, 2018, and will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019. On-call staff will monitor Blue Waters and the service request system during this period, and respond to issues in a...
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  • Blue Waters Announcement: GLCPC accepting Blue Waters proposals through November 30th

    Created by: gbauer 2018-11-16 10:50:16 (Channels: trainandopportunities)

          Proposals for GLCPC allocations on Blue Waters are due November 30th.   The NSF has approved an extension for the Blue Waters to continue operating...
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  • Blue Waters Return to Service

    Created by: tbouvet 2018-11-14 18:35:11 (Channels: unscheduledoutages)

    The meta data server failover on the Home file system completed at 6:23 PM CT. I/O transactions initiated during the failover should have resumed normal operation when failover completed. Blue Waters has resumed normal operations.

  • Blue Waters File System Issue

    Created by: tbouvet 2018-11-14 17:45:36 (Channels: unscheduledoutages)

    Blue Waters is currently experiencing a meta data server failover on the home file system that began at 5:30 PM CT. As a result, all I/O transactions for the home filesystem will block until the failover completes on all clients. The rest of Blue Waters including the other filesystems are operating...
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  • Blue Waters Return to Service

    Created by: tbouvet 2018-11-14 11:32:42 (Channels: unscheduledoutages)

    The meta data server failover on the Home file system completed at 11:26 AM CT. The file system issue start at 10:45 AM. I/O transactions initiated during the failover should have resumed normal operation when failover completed. Blue Waters has resumed normal operations.

  • Blue Waters File System Issue

    Created by: tbouvet 2018-11-14 11:19:47 (Channels: unscheduledoutages)

    Blue Waters is currently experiencing a meta data server failover on the home file system that began at 11:15 AM CT. As a result, all I/O transactions for the home filesystem will block until the failover completes on all clients. The rest of Blue Waters including the other filesystems are operating...
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  • Blue Waters Announcement: Ongoing Blue Waters Job Discounts

    Created by: gbauer 2018-11-12 21:44:41 (Channels: systemnotices|general|policychange)

    This is a reminder that the first period of job discounts ends on Thursday, November 15th. The second period starts on the 16th but with different criteria. Get your jobs submitted soon. Stop by the NCSA booth and say hi if you are at SC18. > The Blue Waters project is happy to...
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  • BlueWaters returned to service

    Created by: mshow 2018-11-05 06:18:32 (Channels: unscheduledoutages)

    The system has been returned to full service operation after a brief unscheduled outage.

  • BlueWaters system issue

    Created by: mshow 2018-11-05 01:21:18 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|general)

    The system has experienced  a fault that will require a full system shutdown/reboot. This will take several hours before the system is returned to full operations. 

  • Blue Waters Discount Update

    Created by: jenos 2018-11-02 17:22:33 (Channels: systemnotices|general|policychange)

    The previously announced discounts have not changed; however, they have not been activated yet to be reflected in current charges. This is expected to be activated next week, but will be retroactively applied to the original start date of Nov 1, 2018.

     

  • Blue Waters Announcement: Blue Friday Job Discounts start today!

    Created by: jenos 2018-11-01 12:34:44 (Channels: systemnotices|general|policychange)

    The Blue Waters project is happy to announce two job discount periods as our way of saying thank you for another successful year of computing and the your help creating our 2017-2018 annual report.   There are two discount periods: Nov 1 - Nov 15: 50% charge discount on all queues, all jobs completing during...
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  • OpenACC GPU Programming XSEDE training opportunity satellite site at NCSA, November 6th

    Created by: gbauer 2018-10-26 11:03:07 (Channels: bestpractices|trainandopportunities)

    Illinois Users of Blue Waters; We would like to inform you of an upcoming training opportunity.  NCSA will be hosting a local site for the XSEDE / Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center  OpenACC GPU programming workshop on November 6, 2018. For course details please see https://portal.xsede.org/course-calendar/-/training-user/class/814. For interested UIUC participants please register for the Read More
  • Blue Waters Scheduled Maintenance - Template

    Created by: jenos 2018-10-17 13:55:56 (Channels: scheduledoutages)

    Blue Waters will undergo urgent maintenance on (DATE:Monday, October 15th), from (TIME: 8am until 7pm) in order to apply a security patch, as well as some other accumulated patches that have been awaiting a system interruption.  The compute system will be unavailable for the entire duration; the login nodes may return earlier.  Check the...
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  • Blue Waters Operations Extended Until Dec 19, 2019

    Created by: wkramer 2018-10-17 09:52:24 (Channels: general)

    I am very please to announce the NSF approved extending the full service operational period for Blue Waters until at least December 19, 2019. 

    News about allocation opportunities will be coming in the future. 

    Sincerely

    Bill Kramer

    Blue Waters PI

  • Blue Waters Scheduled Maintenance Complete - Returned to Service

    Created by: jenos 2018-10-15 21:15:30 (Channels: scheduledoutages)

    We are pleased to inform you that Blue Waters has been returned to service as of 8:50pm on Oct 15th. Job queue backlog has been significantly lower than usual over the past week, resulting in reduced wait time for jobs to run in most cases.  We recommend taking advantage of such...
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  • Blue Waters Scheduled Maintenance - Delayed Return to 9pm

    Created by: jenos 2018-10-15 20:29:46 (Channels: scheduledoutages)

    < Delayed return to service from 7pm to 9pm > Blue Waters will undergo urgent maintenance on Monday, October 15th, from 8am until 9pm in order to apply a security patch, as well as some other accumulated patches that have been awaiting a system interruption.  The compute system will be unavailable for the entire...
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  • Blue Waters Scheduled Maintenance - Monday, October 15th

    Created by: jenos 2018-10-14 08:40:08 (Channels: scheduledoutages)

    Blue Waters will undergo urgent maintenance on Monday, October 15th, from 8am until 7pm in order to apply a security patch, as well as some other accumulated patches that have been awaiting a system interruption.  The compute system will be unavailable for the entire duration; the login nodes may return earlier.  Check the portal blog...
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  • Final Call for Blue Waters Illinois Allocations

    Created by: gbauer 2018-10-12 15:28:39 (Channels: general)

    Apologies in advance if you get this more than once.         Final Call for Blue Waters...
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  • Blue Waters Notice: Temporary changes to shell stack size limit

    Created by: gbauer 2018-10-05 14:40:33 (Channels: systemnotices)

    Blue Waters partners, We would like to inform you of a change to the Blue Waters user environment that will be made today, Friday October 5th, at 2:30 pm Central time. A subsequent notice will be sent when the change are reverted. The change is: A. The shell stack size soft limit will be set to 2097152 kbytes and the...
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  • XSEDE MPI Programming training opportunity satellite site at NCSA, October 2-3

    Created by: gbauer 2018-10-01 09:53:33 (Channels: bestpractices|trainandopportunities)

    Illinois Users of Blue Waters; There is still space available for this trainging event. Walk-ins are welcome at Room 1030 in the NCSA building. We would like to inform you of a training opportunity. XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will be presenting a MPI programming workshop on October 2-3, 2018. For course details...
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  • Reminder: Next Blue Waters User Call, Monday, September 17th at 1PM Central

    Created by: gbauer 2018-09-16 19:24:27 (Channels: general)

    Join us for the next Blue Waters User call, Monday, September 17th at 1PM Central. We value your input. Please join us. We will discuss on the call:  Recent Events Recent and Future Changes. Moving to recent Programming Environment update. See PE Update page for details. New PGI compiler. bwpy 2.0 update Outstanding Issues. Utilization, Usage, and other metrics. Upcoming...
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  • XSEDE Big Data training opportunity: satellite site at NCSA, September 5-6

    Created by: gbauer 2018-08-27 12:39:12 (Channels: bestpractices|trainandopportunities)

    Illinois Users of Blue Waters; We would like to inform you of a training opportunity. XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will be presenting a two-day Big Data workshop, to be held September 5-6, 2018. This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented using...
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  • Reminder: Next Blue Waters User Call TODAY, Monday, August 20th at 1PM Central

    Created by: gbauer 2018-08-20 08:45:18 (Channels: bestpractices|general)

    Join us for the next Blue Waters User call TODAY, Monday, August 20th at 1PM Central. We value your input. Please join us. We will discuss on the call:  Recent Events Recent Changes. Outstanding Issues. Utilization, Usage, and other metrics. Upcoming Opportunities.  Slides will be posted to https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/past-webinars before the meeting starts.  Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS...
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  • Blue Waters announcement: XSEDE OpenMP training site at NCSA August 7

    Created by: gbauer 2018-08-01 15:45:00 (Channels: trainandopportunities)

    Illinois Blue Waters users; XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, is pleased to announce a one-day OpenMP workshop Tuesday, August 7 from 11am to 5pm Eastern. This workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to OpenMP programming. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge...
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  • Globus SSH-based CLI End of Life

    Created by: gbauer 2018-08-01 15:19:49 (Channels: systemnotices)

    As of August 1, 2018 the SSH-based command-line interface (CLI) to Globus is end-of-life.

    Please see view-source:https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/data-transfer-doc (scroll to the CLI section) and/or the Globus CLI page https://docs.globus.org/cli/ for more information on the new Python based CLI.

    Send email to help+bw@ncsa.illinois.edu for assistance, questions, etc.

  • Blue Waters Notice: update to bwpy Python module post-upgrade

    Created by: gbauer 2018-07-17 21:37:42 (Channels: softwareupdate)

    Blue Waters partners; We would like to inform you that the default bwpy has been changed to version 1.2.4. This version fixes some internal linking problems introduced by the recent system and programming environment update. This release contains several fixes and additional packages from bwpy/1.2.0 that was released July 5th including: pygpu for...
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  • Blue Waters Scheduled Maintenance: Return to Service

    Created by: gbauer 2018-07-16 19:43:38 (Channels: scheduledoutages|systemnotices|softwareupdate)

    Blue Waters Users, Blue Waters has been returned to service after a security update and programming environment update. CUDA 9.1 is now available as the default cudatoolkit but with gcc/4.9.3 remaining as the default GNU compiler. The default programming environment otherwise did not change to allow for an extended transition to...
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  • Rescheduled: Next Blue Waters User Call Tuesday, July 17th at 1PM Central

    Created by: gbauer 2018-07-15 21:50:26 (Channels: general|softwareupdate)

    The July User Call has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 17th at 1PM Central in order to better communicate the changes that will take place during the maintenance on Monday, July 16th; at which time CUDA 9.1 and a new Programming Environment will be installed. During the rescheduled call we will discuss:  Recent Events Recent Changes CUDA...
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  • Blue Waters Scheduled Maintenance Update

    Created by: jenos 2018-07-13 11:57:54 (Channels: scheduledoutages|systemnotices|softwareupdate)

    Blue Waters Users, Please note the following scheduled maintenance update: The scheduled maintenance for CUDA 9.1 deployment on Blue Waters has been expanded to a near full system service outage that will span 13 hours on Monday July 16th, from 9am to 10pm. This adjustment will eliminate the need for an additional...
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  • Blue Waters XK (GPU) resource and HPSS Nearline resources will be unavailable from 9am to 12pm on Monday July 16th

    Created by: kingda 2018-07-09 09:08:10 (Channels: scheduledoutages|systemnotices|softwareupdate)

    Blue Waters Users, Blue Waters XK compute resource and HPSS ncsa#Nearline resource will be undergoing maintenance Monday (July 16th) morning beginning at 9 AM. The XK compute nodes are anticipated to be unavailable for up to 3 hours. The login nodes and XE compute resource will remain in service. A new Programming Environment will be installed...
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  • Blue Waters Partial Scratch Outage

    Created by: tbouvet 2018-06-23 21:31:02 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters experienced a newtork switch failure that resulted in a partial outage of the scratch filesystem (ost168-179) from 7:44 PM CT to 7:59 PM CT. Jobs that ended during this time may have been impacted. I/O transactions targeting the affected storage server should block until the ost targets returned...
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  • Blue Waters Notice: updates to bwpy Python module

    Created by: gbauer 2018-06-22 14:48:49 (Channels: softwareupdate)

    Blue Waters partners; On Tuesday June 26th the default module version for bwpy will change from 1.1.0 to 1.1.1. This is a minor release change to address: Fixes for Jupyter notebook's python3 kernel Add XML::LibXML to make bwpy's Perl more compatible with the system Perl Add Horovod for testing (unstable). A new version of bwpy/1.2.0 is now available for...
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  • Blue Waters Nearline Endpoint Busy

    Created by: gbauer 2018-06-21 23:07:24 (Channels: systemnotices)

    Due to very high demand for data retrieval from Nearline, a pause rule is in effect to allow manual task scheduling. You may submit tasks as normal and they will be run as quickly as possible. Tasks submitted to Globus will start in a paused state but will be released to...
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  • Reminder: Next Blue Waters User Call Monday, June 18th at 1PM Central

    Created by: gbauer 2018-06-15 10:40:09 (Channels: bestpractices|general)

    Please join us for the next Blue Waters User call on Monday, June 18th at 1PM Central. We will discuss on the call:  Recent Events Upcoming Changes. Globus Web Application  CUDA 9.1 (getting closer) Utilization, Usage, and other metrics. Upcoming Opportunities.  Slides will be posted to https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/past-webinars before the meeting starts.  Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:...
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  • NCSA Blue Waters GPU Hackathon: Application Deadline June 18th

    Created by: gbauer 2018-06-15 08:50:08 (Channels: trainandopportunities)

    This a reminder that the deadline for the NCSA Blue Waters GPU Hackathon is Monday, June 18th. NCSA Blue Waters GPU Hackathon The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at Illinois is pleased to announce that team applications for the NCSA Blue Waters GPU Hackathon are now open. This event will take place September 10-14, 2018 at NCSA....
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  • Blue Waters returned to full service

    Created by: mshow 2018-06-12 10:23:37 (Channels: mandatory|unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters has returned to full service after recovery from a power event.

  • Blue Waters system power interruption

    Created by: mshow 2018-06-12 04:56:14 (Channels: mandatory|unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Thunderstorms have resulted in a power interruption of the BlueWaters System. This outage imacts both the compute nodes and all  filesystems. Therefore, a full reboot will be necessary.Return to service is estimated to be approximately 10 am Centeral time.

    BW Admin

  • Blue Waters has Returned to Service

    Created by: tbouvet 2018-06-07 14:27:12 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters has returned to full service at 2:14 PM CT. The issue encountered required a full system reboot to resolve. All running jobs were lost so please resubmit your jobs from latest checkpoint file if your job exited prematurely.   

  • Blue Waters System Issue

    Created by: tbouvet 2018-06-07 10:12:41 (Channels: unscheduledoutages)

    Blue Waters is experiencing a full system issue that began at 6:30 AM CT. System support staff are evaluating and attempting to restore normal service but may require a full system reboot. Job scheduling is paused until the issue is resolved. Interim updates will be posted on the Blue Waters...
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  • Reminder: Next Blue Waters User Call Monday, May 21st at 1PM Central

    Created by: gbauer 2018-05-18 13:15:27 (Channels: bestpractices|general)

    Please join us for the next Blue Waters User call on Monday, May 21st at 1PM Central. We will discuss on the call:  Recent and Upcoming Events. Shifter Recent and Upcoming Changes. CUDA 9.1? Singularity Globus CLI Utilization, Usage, and other metrics. Upcoming Opportunities.  Slides will be posted to https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/past-webinars before the meeting starts.  Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:...
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  • Blue Waters notice: Container software re-enabled on Blue Waters

    Created by: gbauer 2018-05-09 16:25:31 (Channels: systemnotices|softwareupdate)

    We are pleased to announce that the container software package Shifter and its associated service have been re-enabled on Blue Waters. Shifter was checked for vulnerabilities and none were found. To avoid concern, a patch was applied, and Shifter has been updated and re-enabled. Please see the Shifter page on the portal for...
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  • Blue Waters notice: Container software disabled on Blue Waters

    Created by: gbauer 2018-05-02 14:28:53 (Channels: systemnotices)

    This notice affects Blue Waters users relying on the container technologies of Shifter or Singularity.  Due to a recently announced security vulnerability related to container software, Shifter and Singularity container software have been disabled immediately to address the issue. We took this action to eliminate the risk of potential compromise of Blue Waters...
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  • New User Training for Blue Waters on May 16th from 10AM to 3PM CDT locally and via YouTube Live

    Created by: gbauer 2018-04-26 12:31:17 (Channels: bestpractices|trainandopportunities)

    We would like to announce the next Blue Waters New User Training session to be held May 16 at NCSA (room 1040) and via YouTube Live.  It will run from 10 AM to 3 PM Central, with a lunch break at Noon Central. This session is intended for people with Blue Waters accounts, and most...
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  • XSEDE Big Data training opportunity satellite site at NCSA, May 1-2

    Created by: gbauer 2018-04-20 16:28:24 (Channels: bestpractices|trainandopportunities)

    Illinois Users of Blue Waters; We would like to inform you of a training opportunity. XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will be presenting a two day Big Data workshop, to be held May 1-2, 2018. This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented...
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  • Blue Waters Notice: Updates to bwpy Python module

    Created by: gbauer 2018-03-30 17:25:09 (Channels: softwareupdate)

    The Blue Waters Python module, bwpy, has just received a major update. The default python has been changed from python2 to python3. All scripts which are not compatible with both major versions should explicitly use python2 or python3. See https://python3statement.org/ for information on major package developer support timelines. The pypy and pypy3 interpreters are...
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  • XSEDE MPI Programming training opportunity satellite site at NCSA, April 3-4

    Created by: gbauer 2018-03-21 11:22:37 (Channels: bestpractices|trainandopportunities)

    Illinois Users of Blue Waters; We would like to inform you of a training opportunity. XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will be presenting a MPI programming workshop on April 3-4, 2018. For course details please see https://portal.xsede.org/course-calendar/-/training-user/class/593. For interested UIUC participants please register for the NCSA location at https://portal.xsede.org/course-calendar/-/training-user/class/593/session/1534. This workshop...
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  • Blue Waters Notice: the Blue Waters portal maintenance is complete.

    Created by: gbauer 2018-03-05 13:15:43 (Channels: general)

    Blue Waters partners;

    The maintenance on the Blue Waters portal is complete.

    The maintenance addressed issues of stability and performance.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Please report any issues with the Blue Waters portal to help+bw@ncsa.illinois.edu.

    -Blue Waters Project

    https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/

  • XSEDE GPU Programming with OpenACC training opportunity satellite site at NCSA

    Created by: gbauer 2018-02-28 15:18:03 (Channels: trainandopportunities)

    Illinois Users of Blue Waters; XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will be presenting an OpenACC GPU programming workshop on March 6, 2018. For details please see https://www.xsede.org/web/xup/course-calendar/-/training-user/class/587. OpenACC is the accepted standard using compiler directives to allow quick development of GPU capable codes using standard languages and compilers. It has been...
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  • Blue Waters has Returned to Service

    Created by: tbouvet 2018-02-27 02:54:45 (Channels: scheduledoutages)

    The maintenance was a success and Blue Waters was returned to service February 27 at 1:35AM, with ncsa#Nearline endpoint (HPSS) returned earlier February 26 at 10PM.

  • Reminder: Blue Waters Maintenance Monday, February 26, 2018, 6AM for 24hrs

    Created by: tbouvet 2018-02-25 21:21:26 (Channels: scheduledoutages)

    Reminder of upcoming maintenance: Blue Waters will be unavailable during scheduled maintenance Monday (February 26th) beginning at 6 AM for a duration of 24hrs. All Blue Waters resources will be unavailable including the Globus Online endpoints and login nodes. Interim updates will be posted on the Blue Waters Message of the...
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  • UPDATE: Blue Waters Maintenance Outage Monday, February 26, 2018, 6AM for 24hrs

    Created by: tbouvet 2018-02-18 14:45:11 (Channels: scheduledoutages)

    Corrected month in body of email below. Outage will be February 26, 2018. Blue Waters will be unavailable during scheduled maintenance Monday (February 26th) beginning at 6 AM for a duration of 24hrs. All Blue Waters resources will be unavailable including the Globus Online endpoints and login nodes. Interim updates will...
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  • Re: Blue Waters Compute Maintenance Outage Monday, January 22, 2017, between 7:00am and 3:00pm CST

    Created by: hwleong 2018-01-22 13:28:29 (Channels: scheduledoutages)

    The compute nodes maintenance was a success and Blue Waters has returned to full service at 1:05PM today. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

    Please kindly report any issue to help+bw@ncsa.illinois.edu. 

  • Blue Waters Compute Maintenance Outage Monday, January 22, 2017, between 7:00am and 3:00pm CST

    Created by: kingda 2018-01-19 15:42:06 (Channels: scheduledoutages)

    Blue Waters Users, Blue Waters compute hardware will be undergoing maintenance Monday (Jan 22th) morning beginning at 7 AM. The compute nodes are anticipated to be unavailable for up to 8 hours. The login nodes and data transfer nodes will remain in service. Interim updates will be posted on the Blue Waters Message of...
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  • Blue Waters Announcement: Winter Holiday services

    Created by: gbauer 2017-12-21 15:49:34 (Channels: systemnotices|general)

    Blue Waters partners; NCSA staff will observe the University of Illinois Winter break schedule starting 5pm Friday December 22, 2017, and will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018. On-call staff will monitor Blue Waters and the service request system during this period and respond to issues in a...
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  • Re: Blue Waters Nearline Maintenance and Globus-wide service outage Saturday, December 9, 2017, between 10:00am and 4:00pm CST

    Created by: gbauer 2017-12-09 21:07:24 (Channels: scheduledoutages)

    Globus service resumed at 2PM Central time today. The Blue Waters endpoints ncsa#BlueWaters and ncsa#Nearline are again accessible via Globus Online. Transfers initiated prior to the service outage have resumed. Blue Waters compute and login services were unaffected by the Globus outage.

    Please report any issues to help+bw@ncsa.illinois.edu.

  • Blue Waters Nearline Maintenance and Globus-wide service outage Saturday, December 9, 2017, between 10:00am and 4:00pm CST

    Created by: gbauer 2017-12-04 15:34:21 (Channels: scheduledoutages)

    Blue Waters Users, We will take advantage of the scheduled Globus outage (Saturday, December 9th from 10am to 2pm) to perform maintenance on the Blue...
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  • Blue Waters User Call: October 16th at 1PM Central

    Created by: gbauer 2017-11-17 19:07:47 (Channels: general)

    Blue Waters Partners;   Please join us for the next Blue Waters User call this Monday, October 16th at 1PM Central. During this call, we will review any changes to the system, events and opportunities.  Your feedback is important to us.   We will also discuss on the call:  New email subscription system Recent or Coming Changes...
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