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  • Blue Waters Notice: Software and Maintenance

    Created by: jenos 2020-06-11 12:12:35 (Channels: scheduledoutages|systemnotices|softwareupdate)

    Blue Waters Partners: Summary: Globus command line interface issue is resolved. Shifter software upgrade on 6/18/2020 Reminder: Portal dynamic data interruption on 6/12/2020 The Globus issue experienced when using the command line interface provided by bwpy/2.0.2 has been resolved without a need for any local updates, as changes performed by...
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  • Blue Waters Maintenance Notice

    Created by: mshow 2020-06-09 15:08:42 (Channels: scheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters users- On Friday June 12 startnig at 2 PM central, maintenance will be performed on a backend database supporting dynamic system information presented in the Blue Waters portal.  The hardware maintenance should complete in less than an hour. During this timeframe, updated dynamic data regarding Blue Waters system status may...
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  • Blue Waters Policy Update: Idle Session Timeouts

    Created by: jenos 2020-05-14 16:14:05 (Channels: policychange)

    Blue Waters Users: This is an update for a minor policy change. Login Nodes: Currently, idle sessions are disconnected by ssh after 4 hours for terminal security. This will not change. Additionally, login nodes have a 3 day timeout for idle sessions (this terminates idle screen sessions that the ssh idle timer may leave...
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  • Blue Waters Update: RSA deactivation

    Created by: jenos 2020-04-07 16:22:40 (Channels: systemnotices|policychange)

    Blue Waters partners- RSA authentication has been deactivated as scheduled, with one exception noted below due to Globus staff availability and illness circumstance. Please note that the Globus Organizational login page will continue to accept RSA, but you may also use your Globus account, as described here.  An updated schedule for...
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  • Blue Waters Notice: RSA deactivation on 4/7/2020

    Created by: jenos 2020-03-31 10:02:31 (Channels: systemnotices|policychange)

    Blue Waters partners-   As noted previously, RSA authentication to Blue Waters has an upcoming deactivation scheduled.  The replacement authentication method via Duo was activated on Blue Waters in December, 2019. If you have not set up Duo and tested Duo authentication yet (for ssh or Globus endpoints), please do so as...
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  • Blue Waters returned to service

    Created by: kingda 2020-03-29 18:41:43 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters has been returned to service after a full system reboot to correct a problem on the high-speed network. All previously running jobs were lost.

    The Blue Waters Team

  • NCSA Operations Update

    Created by: bbode 2020-03-18 08:32:01 (Channels: mandatory)

    Valued partners and collaborators, NCSA is doing our part to protect the health and wellbeing of our employees and the community. Therefore, we have taken the necessary steps to help minimize the risk of infection, including transitioning our staff to working remotely. These measures are to protect our team and to...
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  • Blue Waters returned to service

    Created by: bbode 2020-03-16 16:07:00 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters has been returned to service after a full system reboot to correct a problem on the high-speed network. All previously running jobs were lost.

    The Blue Waters Team

  • Blue Waters Announcement: Nearline Retirement Approaching!

    Created by: bbode 2020-03-02 09:28:06 (Channels: mandatory|scheduledoutages)

    Hello Blue Waters Partners,     The Blue Waters nearline (tape) subsystem will be permanently shutdown March 31, 2020. This is a hard deadline with no extension possible as NCSA is contractually obligated to remove the controlling software and metadata following the shutdown since we will no longer have the right...
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  • Blue Waters Nearline Phase Out

    Created by: bbode 2020-01-28 10:09:30 (Channels: mandatory)

    Hello Blue Waters Partners,     This is a reminder that the Blue Waters nearline (tape) system will be permanantly shutdown and dismantled on 4/1/2020 (no extension is possible). A rush on data retrieval is expected as the end of nearline service approaches which will be limited by the retrieval throughput...
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  • Blue Waters Notice: Programming Environments changed

    Created by: gbauer 2020-01-23 17:59:03 (Channels: systemnotices)

    Blue Waters partners; As announced back in December, the version defaults for the 4 programming environments (cray, gnu, intel and pgi) have been changed to newer versions as of 1/23/2020. A table with the changes is available at https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/pe-updates#pe18.12. Note that gcc moved from 4.9.3 to 6.3.0 which can impact C++ codes...
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  • Blue Waters Reminder: Programming Environment change testing period 12/23/2019 to 01/23/2020

    Created by: gbauer 2020-01-22 20:50:24 (Channels: systemnotices)

    Blue Waters partners; This is a reminder that on January 23rd  2020 the version defaults for the 4 programming environments (cray, gnu, intel and pgi) will change to newer versions. Statically linked applications should continue to run without needing to be recompiled. Execution of dynamically linked applications should be checked. You can use...
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  • Reminder: Blue Waters System Changes

    Created by: jenos 2020-01-14 00:08:02 (Channels: systemnotices|policychange|newfunctionality)

    Blue Waters Users: In December 2019, you received a notification detailing some planned system changes. Transition summary: https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/transition January 14, 2020 is the planned date to effect two changes worth noting: SSH host key change for those using RSA-based access to login nodes Accessing logins via ssh for some may yield an alarming warning...
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  • Blue Waters Announcement: Winter Holiday service availability

    Created by: gbauer 2019-12-23 10:34:28 (Channels: general)

    Blue Waters partners; NCSA staff will observe the University of Illinois Winter break schedule starting 5pm Monday December 23, 2019, and will resume normal business hours on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020. Staff will monitor Blue Waters and the service request system during this period, and respond to issues in a timely...
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  • BlueWaters returned to service

    Created by: mshow 2019-12-22 23:32:00 (Channels: mandatory|unscheduledoutages)

    After a full system reboot and checkout, the system hs been retrned to full service operations

  • BlueWaters system reboot

    Created by: mshow 2019-12-22 13:55:58 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    While the filesystem issue has been resolved, a full system reboot will be required before returning to production status. It is our expectation that the system will return later this evening.

    BW Admin Team

  • Blue Waters: UPDATE Scheduler Remains Paused

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-12-22 08:21:11 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    UPDATE: Scheduler Remains Paused as we continue to restore the scratch file system to service. The Blue Waters scheduler is currently paused due to a meda data server issue with the scratch file system. We are actively working the issue and new logins will likely hang without completion. Status updates will be...
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  • Blue Waters: Scheduler paused because of a scratch file system issue.

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-12-21 20:06:21 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    The Blue Waters scheduler is currently paused due to a meda data server issue with the scratch file system. We are actively working the issue and new logins will likely hang without completion.

    Status updates will be posted to the blog on the Blue Waters portal.

    The Blue Waters team.

  • Blue Waters Returned to Service

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-12-21 19:13:07 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters returned to service 12/21/2019 at 7:00PM following today's file system issue.

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

     

  • Blue Waters: Scheduler paused due to file system issue

    Created by: bbode 2019-12-21 13:08:13 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    The Blue Waters scheduler is currently paused due to two down storage targets in the scratch file system. Staff are currently working to resolve the issue. 

    Status updates will be posted to the blog on the Blue Waters portal.

    The Blue Waters team.

  • Blue Waters Operations Transitioning

    Created by: jenos 2019-12-19 19:03:08 (Channels: mandatory|systemnotices|general|policychange)

    Hello Blue Waters partners, Today marks the conclusion of regular NSF Blue Waters operations and allocations.  Allocations ending today will be granted the normal 90 day grace period to transfer data off Blue Waters storage systems. After today, jobs remaining in the queue will be permitted to run but job submission...
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  • Blue Waters Operations transition - Portal login change

    Created by: bbode 2019-12-03 15:02:16 (Channels: general|policychange)

    Hello Blue Waters partners,    In seven days, on December 10th, the authentication method for the Blue Waters user portal will be changed from the current RSA PIN+tokencode to NCSA Duo. This change will mean that existing Blue Waters users will no longer be able to login to the portal. Most...
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  • Blue Waters Returned to Service

    Created by: bbode 2019-11-28 22:36:06 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters has been rebooted and returned to service at 10:35PM following an issue with the high-speed network earlier this afternoon. All running jobs were lost due to the outage.

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

  • Blue Waters: HSN issues full reboot in progress

    Created by: bbode 2019-11-28 17:59:37 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    An issue with the high-speed network on Blue Waters has forced a full system reboot. We currently anticipate a return to service of 11PM CST. 

    Status updates will be posted to the blog on the Blue Waters portal.

    The Blue Waters team.

  • Nearline Tape Library Has Returned To Service

    Created by: briandi 2019-11-14 17:19:54 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    The NCSA_Nearline storage subsystem issue on Blue Waters was resolved and the system returned to normal operations at 3:30 pm.

     

  • Nearline Tape Library Emergency System Maintenance

    Created by: briandi 2019-11-14 12:06:32 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters Users, Blue Waters is experiencing an issue on a subset of the HPSS storage subsystem (ncsa#Nearline) that began early this morning. System support staff are evaluating and attempting to restore it to normal service. The rest of Blue Waters subsystems remain in normal operation. Some transfers in and out of...
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  • Blue Waters notice: disabling scheduler support for minimum wall clock (minwclimit) jobs

    Created by: gbauer 2019-10-09 17:37:28 (Channels: systemnotices)

    Blue Waters partners; We have recently discovered an issue in the batch job scheduler's support for minimum wall clock (minwclimit) jobs. Such jobs express wall clock flexibility with both a minimum wall clock and a preferred wall clock to improve job throughput. The issue is not expected to be resolved in a timely...
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  • Blue Waters Returned to Service

    Created by: kingda 2019-10-01 20:46:38 (Channels: scheduledoutages|unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters returned to service at 8:45PM following today's scheduler maintenance. 

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

  • Scheduled systems testing period extended to 8PM Central

    Created by: jenos 2019-10-01 16:54:57 (Channels: scheduledoutages|unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Update: This testing period will be extended to 8PM due to unanticipated system-related delays. A scheduled systems testing period will take place on Tuesday, October 1st from 7AM to 5PM 8PM Central, necessitating a shutdown of the job scheduler. Compute nodes will not be available during the test period. Login nodes and file...
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  • Blue Waters outage

    Created by: mshow 2019-10-01 10:15:54 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Multiple cabinets have failed within the Blue Waters system. The failed area will be bypassed and operations will continue. 

  • Reminder: Scheduled systems testing period on Tuesday, October 1st from 7AM to 5PM Central

    Created by: kingda 2019-09-30 16:44:24 (Channels: scheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    A scheduled systems testing period will take place on Tuesday, October 1st from 7AM to 5PM Central, necessitating a shutdown of the job scheduler. Compute nodes will not be available during the test period. Login nodes and file systems will remain accessible.

  • Scheduled systems testing period on Tuesday, October 1st from 7AM to 5PM Central

    Created by: kingda 2019-09-23 20:36:26 (Channels: scheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    A scheduled systems testing period will take place on Tuesday, October 1st from 7AM to 5PM Central, necessitating a shutdown of the job scheduler. Compute nodes will not be available during the test period. Login nodes and file systems will remain accessible.

  • Blue Waters Returned to Service

    Created by: kingda 2019-09-12 16:28:51 (Channels: scheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters returned to service at 4:00PM following today's scheduler maintenance. 

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

  • Scheduled systems testing period on Thursday, September 12th from 10AM to 5PM Central

    Created by: gbauer 2019-09-12 09:51:55 (Channels: scheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    A scheduled systems testing period will take place on Thursday, September 12th from 10AM to 5PM Central,  necessitating a shutdown of the job scheduler. Compute nodes will not be available during the test period. Login nodes and file systems will remain accessible.

  • Blue Waters: NPCF Power Issue Update

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-07-06 03:45:32 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters: NPCF Power Issue 7/5/2019 3PM

    All Blue Waters Resources are available except for the compute nodes. Blue Waters Computes are being rebooted and all running jobs were lost. No RTS eta yet.

  • Blue Waters Returned to Service

    Created by: bbode 2019-07-05 17:57:32 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    Blue Waters has been rebooted and returned to service at 5:55PM following a power interuption earlier this afternoon. All running jobs were lost due to the outage.

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

  • Blue Waters: NPCF Power Issue, Scheduler paused expect full reboot

    Created by: tbouvet 2019-07-05 13:32:15 (Channels: unscheduledoutages|systemnotices)

    A power outage at the building housing the Blue Waters system has caused a service interruption; the Login Nodes, Network, Storage, Compute Nodes, and Near-line Storage may be unavailable. It is unknown at this time when a return to service can be expected. Watch the Blue Waters portal blog for updates.

  • 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: 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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  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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 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 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: 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 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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 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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  • 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.   

  • 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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  • 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/

  • 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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  • 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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