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LSS Update Tuesday, 10/17 - 12 PM - Outage

October 17, 2017

The LSS system will experience a brief outage October 17, 2017 at noon for an update in the data center related to connected systems dropping connections.  The system will be unavailable during the update, and is expected to be back online in less than an hour.

Update: we've run into an issue with the service that handles user authentication while bringing the system back up after patches.

Further update: LSS is back up and running. Read more about LSS Update Tuesday, 10/17 - 12 PM - Outage

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LSS Update Thur 7/27 - 12PM - Outage

July 26, 2017

For labs that have migrated from Isilon to LSS storage:

The LSS system will experience a brief outage tomorrow at noon for a network update in the data center.  The system will be unavailable during the update, and is expected to be back online in less than an hour.

I will send an update out as soon as the maintenance is finished.

Thanks,
Levi Read more about LSS Update Thur 7/27 - 12PM - Outage

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Condo: downtime scheduled for July 5, 2017

June 28, 2017

If you're a condo user, and haven't already seen the MOTD, please note that the cluster will go down for security patching on 7/5.

The scheduler was modified on 6/22 to prevent jobs from being submitted that would extend past 7/4 - so there shouldn't be any jobs killed due to this maintenance (they will all finish before then).  New jobs that cannot finish by 7/5 will be held in the queue until after the maintenance is complete. Read more about Condo: downtime scheduled for July 5, 2017

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Research IT | RHV - VM Infrastructure Maintenance Outage 6/14

June 7, 2017

We will be taking down the RHV Infrastructure (motherbrain.las.iastate.edu) for upgrades next Wednesday 6/14.  VM's will go down around 10AM, and should be back up by afternoon.  

The Legion headnode will be going down, but any compute jobs you've already submitted will continue to run.

Please contact researchit@iastate.edu with any questions or concerns.
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ResearchIT | Summer Updates: Server patching, New Server, Storage transition

June 1, 2017

***Server patching scheduled for 6/1***

The following servers will be taken down for patching the morning of 6/1:
speedy
speedy2
biocrunch
bigram
rit1
rit2
legion
laswin01

We'll send an email out later in the day when patches are complete. 

We will also plan on purging old home directories from users who are no longer here at that time. 
Please remember to keep your important data in your lab directory on MyFiles (Isilon). 

***New Highly Parallel Server*** Read more about ResearchIT | Summer Updates: Server patching, New Server, Storage transition

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Condo maintenance planned for Wed 3/15/2017

March 14, 2017

Please see the below message from Jim Coyle:


Condo2017 users,

Reminder that the Condo Cluster will be going down for planned maintenance tomorrow, Wed Mar 15,  at 8am.

We will let you know if it comes back before 5pm.

As the final phase in the software upgrade of the Condo Cluster,  there will be a shutdown on Condo and Cindo2017 on 3/15 for a final reconfiguration.

Once this is complete, the address condo.its.iastate.edu  will refer to the new head node (condo2017 will stay as an alias for a while).

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Condo2017 Migration Completed

February 15, 2017

The transition to Condo2017 has been completed.

You will no longer be able to login to condo.its.iastate.edu (unless you have an actively running job, which is being allowed to finish). Going forward, login to condo2017.its.iastate.edu using your NetID and regular university password.

If you had a job running on Condo, you may continue to login there to monitor the status, but please do not start any new jobs on the old condo.

Condo2017 has a new storage pool for LAS. The new storage is mounted at /work/LAS, and should have better performance. Read more about Condo2017 Migration Completed

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Research IT | Feb Updates: Condo 2017 transition, LSS, New Server, Learning Modules

February 10, 2017

***Condo2017 transition scheduled for Wed 2/15***

As I've mentioned in previous emails, our team has been working closely with the HPC team to make improvements to the Condo environment. We are now ready to make the transition, and are targeting next Wednesday 2/15 for the move. Here are they key points you need to know: Read more about Research IT | Feb Updates: Condo 2017 transition, LSS, New Server, Learning Modules

Research IT | Dec Updates: Server downtime on Dec 27th, Condo upgrade Jan 2017, Large Scale Storage, Learning Modules

December 12, 2016

***Server Downtime Tue Dec 27***
We will be taking down all of the Research IT servers for quarterly patching on Dec 27th. Please plan your jobs accordingly, ensure your important data is moved to your research folder on the Isilon, and contact me if you have questions or concerns. 

Systems being patched include: Biocrunch, Bigram, Speedy, Speedy2, RIT1, RIT2, and ClusterOne

***Condo upgrade***
When we return from break in January, we will be migrating our users to a newly upgraded version of the Condo cluster (known as condo2017.its.iastate.edu). Read more about Research IT | Dec Updates: Server downtime on Dec 27th, Condo upgrade Jan 2017, Large Scale Storage, Learning Modules

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Research IT | Sept Updates: Server downtime on Sept 30th, R 3.3.1 now available in RISA

September 28, 2016

Reminder that we're planning for server downtime this Friday, Sept 30th for quarterly patching.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Also, we have published our first learning video, and more will be coming soon. You can find our YouTube channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAVg7ez3WUkCsF6g8euLyCA
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Research IT | Summer Updates : Cluster rebuild complete, new data storage project, seeking collaborators for CI proposal

August 11, 2016

***Cluster Rebuild***

The LHB-NGS and LHB-PS clusters have been rebulit and combined into one larger cluster, now known as clusterone.las.iastate.edu. The cluster is running CentOS7, using the RISA software repository (/research-it-software-archive), and has 48 nodes available.  


You can find more details about the hardware here: /clusterone Read more about Research IT | Summer Updates : Cluster rebuild complete, new data storage project, seeking collaborators for CI proposal

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Research IT | May Updates : Cluster rebuild, Big Data storage, Bio databases, New Website

May 24, 2016

***Cluster Rebuild***

We are targeting May 31st to begin rebuilding the LHB-NGS cluster (aka las-ngs.las.iastate.edu). We will be updating the operating system, installing a new job scheduler, and installing scientific computing software using our RISA repository.

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March Maintenance and Lightning3 Data Transfer Node

March 29, 2016

We will be taking down the BIT machines (biocrunch, bigram, speedy, speedy2) on Thursday night for updates. Please ensure any jobs you're running are stopped, and results saved to the Isilon before then.

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We now have a mount for the Isilon research storage on the Lightning3 cluster.

To access:

login to lightning3.its.iastate.edu as usual

ssh to lightning3dtn, login with your email password

navigate to /myfiles/las/research/your-lab

copy to/from the local storage to the Isilon

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Electrical Maintenance and Server Upgrades

December 22, 2015

Electrical Maintenance


FPM will be doing some electrical maintenance in the Durham datacenter on Jan 3rd starting at 7AM.  


This maintenance will result in an outage for Condo, and all of the Biology-IT machines (BigRAM, Biocrunch, speedy, speedy2, laswin01).


Condo: Please do not submit any jobs which will be unable to finish before Jan 3rd.


We plan to take advantage of the outage to make some improvements to our Biology-IT machines: Read more about Electrical Maintenance and Server Upgrades

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