Storage Upgrade 19th - 20th June 2019

Posted on Wed 12 June 2019 in news by Peter Childs

Apocrita Research Data Storage: Notice of "at risk" period

Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th June 2019.

We will be performing essential firmware updates and patching to the storage system on the Apocrita HPC Cluster. This is to finalise the upgrade work we have been caring out over recent months.

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New high performance storage for scratch data

Posted on Wed 20 March 2019 in news by Peter Childs

We are pleased to announce a new scratch storage array that is based on fast NvME based hardware. This will hopefully make I/O related tasks much faster.

Scratch space is the recommended location for temporarily storing data produced by cluster jobs. We often see jobs failing on the cluster …


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Performance testing with NVMe storage and Spectrum Scale 5

Posted on Wed 19 December 2018 in article by Peter Childs

We have recently procured 120TB of NVMe based SSD storage from E8 Storage for the Apocrita HPC Cluster. The plan is to deploy this to replace our oldest and slowest provision of scratch storage.

We are still in the final stages of deployment and we hope to make it available …


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autoScratch storage

Posted on Sat 15 September 2018 in news by Peter Childs

Scratch space is the recommended location for temporarily storing data produced by cluster jobs. We often see jobs failing on the cluster due to users filling their home directory quota with data from job outputs. We are phasing out the old /data/scratch in favour of auto-purging scratch space called …


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Home and Group Directories

Posted on Sat 15 September 2018 in news by Peter Childs

During the summer, home directories were migrated to the new storage platform, This means that quotas have grown slightly as the underlying block size has increased.

The qmquota command will tell you how much space you are using, and that quotas are applied on size as well as the number …


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GPFS Upgrade 2018

Posted on Thu 05 July 2018 in news by Peter Childs

Notice          : Storage Maintenance
Date            : 28th June 2018 15:00 - 29th June 2018 15:00 (estimated)
Affected        : All Apocrita services (HPC Scheduler and Storage)
Users affected  : All Apocrita users

This will affect the whole Apocrita system, including:

  • Access to Research storage
  • Login to frontend nodes
  • No compute nodes will be available …

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GPFS Upgrade 2017

Posted on Tue 19 December 2017 in news by Peter Childs

Notice          : Storage Maintenance
Date            : 9:00 2 January 2018 - 9:00 4th January
Affected        : All Apocrita services (HPC Scheduler and Storage)
Users affected  : All Apocrita users

We are performing some essential maintenance on the storage system of Apocrita. This will require shutting down the whole storage system and as a …


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