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2018-06-25 15:54:24: We have ad some issues with the login nodes hanging up, and have required some reboots. We are analyzing the problem and hope to resolve the problem shortly.
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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: 

    1. Recent Events
    2. Upcoming Changes.
      1. Globus Web Application 
      2. CUDA 9.1 (getting closer)
    3. Utilization, Usage, and other metrics.
    4. 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: 

    1. Recent and Upcoming Events.
      1. Shifter
    2. Recent and Upcoming Changes.
      1. CUDA 9.1?
      2. Singularity
      3. Globus CLI
    3. Utilization, Usage, and other metrics.
    4. 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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