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System Status

System status can now be found at

Mon 23 Apr 2018 GPC-compute is decommissioned, GPC-storage available until 30 May 2018

Thu 18 Apr 2018 Niagara system will undergo an upgrade to its Infiniband network between 9am and 12pm, should be transparent to users, however there is a chance of network interruption.

Fri 13 Apr 2018 HPSS system will be down for a few hours on Mon, Apr/16, 9AM, for hardware upgrades, in preparation for the eventual move to the Niagara side.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 Niagara is open to users.

Wed 4 Apr 2018 We are very close to the production launch of Niagara, the new system installed at SciNet. While the RAC allocation year officially starts today, April 4/18, the Niagara system is still undergoing some final tuning and software updates, so the plan is to officially open it to users on next week.

All active GPC users will have their accounts, $HOME, and $PROJECT, transferred to the new Niagara system. Those of you who are new to SciNet, but got RAC allocations on Niagara, will have your accounts created and ready for you to login.

We are planning an extended Intro to SciNet/Niagara session, available in person at our office, and webcast on Vidyo and possibly other means, on Wednesday April 11 at noon EST.

System News

  • April 23, 2018: GPC & Sandy decommissioned.
  • April 10, 2018: Niagara commissioned.
  • March 20th, 2018: Gravity decommissioned.
  • Dec 4, 2017 : scratchtcs decommissioned.
  • Nov 28, 2017: The GPC has been reduced from 30,912 to 16,800 cores to make room for the installation of Niagara.
  • Sept 29, 2017: The TCS has been decommissioned.

(Previous System News)

QuickStart Guides

Tutorials and Manuals

What's New On The Wiki

  • Dec 2014: Updated GPC Quickstart with info on email notifications from the scheduler.
  • Dec 2014: Hdf5 compilation page updated.
  • Sept 2014: Improved information on the Python versions installed on the GPC, and which modules are included in each version.
  • Sept 2014: Description on using job arrays on the GPC on the Scheduler page.
  • Sept 2014: Instructions on using Hadoop (for the Hadoop workshop held in September).

Previous new stuff can be found in the What's new archive.