KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory Newsletter 21st April

In this newsletter:

  • Data Centre Downtime
  • Shaheen Maintenance: May 24, 2022
  • RCAC meeting
  • Sending of Account and Project documents
  • Follow us on Twitter and YouTube
  • Previous Announcements
  • Previous Tips


Data Centre Downtime

As previously announced, in preparation for the arrival of Shaheen III, which is scheduled for 2023, the four power substations that supply Building 1 Data Centre will be replaced, a process that is scheduled to take six weeks. During that time, power available in the data centre will be substantially reduced. This outage will require a shutdown of a significant number of HPC services by KSL - Shaheen compute capability will not be available, Ibex and Neser will be operating at approximately half of their compute capacity. KSL will try to maintain the following Shaheen services -  Shaheen login nodes Shaheen filesystems (project, scratch and home) .

After consulting with the PIs, the Research Computing Allocation Committee (RCAC) has recommended a single continuous downtime of 6 weeks - from 17 June to 28 July. Users and PIs are encouraged to identify the critical workloads that need to be supported during the above outage period and get in touch with us at help@hpc.kaust.edu.sa.


Shaheen Maintenance : May 24, 2022

The regular one day Shaheen maintenance session is scheduled on the 24th of May. This is to allow essential patches and software updates installation. 


RCAC meeting

The project submission deadline for the next RCAC meeting is 30th April 2022. Please note that the RCAC meetings are held once per month. Projects received on or before the submission deadline will be included in the agenda for the subsequent RCAC meeting.The detailed procedures, updated templates and forms are available here: https://www.hpc.kaust.edu.sa/account-applications.


Sending of Account and Project documents

Our ticketing system has a maximum file attachment limit of 10MB. Any files sent via email to help@hpc.kaust.edu.sa, projects@hpc.kaust.edu.sa, ibex@hpc.kaust.edu.sa etc will be subject to this file attachment limit, and any mails sent to these addresses will be rejected if the total size of attachments exceeds 10MB. Another way of sending us files, which is both more secure and is not subject to the same file size limits, is to upload them to https://www.hpc.kaust.edu.sa/contact-us. The only limit here is a 12MB per file limit.


Follow us on Twitter and YouTube

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