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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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  • 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: (scroll to the CLI section) and/or the Globus CLI page for more information on the new Python based CLI.

    Send email to for assistance, questions, etc.

  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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