SciNet Newsletters

SciNet News September 2019

SUMMARY Announcing SciNet’s 2018-2019 Training and Education Schedule on Scientific Computing, High Performance Computing and Data Science. To acknowlegde the Niagara supercomputer in your publications, please cite our recent PEARC19 paper: M Ponce, R van Zon, S Northrup, D Gruner, J Chen, F Ertinaz, A Fedoseev, L Groer, F Mao, B C Mundim, M Nolta,
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SciNet News June 2019

Summary Increased security of the SciNet data centre Decommissioning of the SOSCIP BlueGene/Q at the end of June. Announcement of several training opportunities. Details can be found below and are also available on the SciNet education website https://courses.scinet.utoronto.ca and the SciNet wiki https://docs.scinet.utoronto.ca. System News The security level of the data centre has been increased
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SciNet News March 2019

Summary Two additional ways to interact with the nearline/archive HPSS system: Globus and a Virtual File System. Compute jobs on Niagara now have access to temporary burst buffer space. Announcement of several techtalks at the SciNet User Group Meetings. Details can be found below and are also available on the SciNet education website courses.scinet.utoronto.ca and
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SciNet News February 2019

Summary Two additional ways to interact with the nearline/archive HPSS system: Globus and a Virtual File System. Announcement of several techtalks at the SciNet User Group Meetings. Details can be found below and are also available on the SciNet education website courses.scinet.utoronto.ca and the SciNet wiki docs.scinet.utoronto.ca. System News The Globus interface to the nearline/archive
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SciNet News January 2019

Summary Full datacentre maintenance shutdown on January 15 and 16, 2019. Winter training and education schedule open for registration. Application for International HPC Summer School in Japan in July are still open until February 4th 2019. Details can be found below and are also available on the SciNet education website courses.scinet.utoronto.ca and the SciNet wiki
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SciNet News December 2018

Summary The full datacentre shutdown that was originally scheduled for December 18, 2018, is postponed to January 15 and 16, 2019, and combined with annual maintenance. While the University of Toronto will be closed from Dec 22 to Jan 6. SciNet support will be on a “best effort” basis. Time limits of jobs on Niagara
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SciNet News September 2018

SUMMARY Niagara takes the number 53 spot in the June 2018 TOP500 list of supercomputers (https://www.top500.org/list/2018/06). Scratch purging policy on Niagara is in effect. Burst buffer available on demand. Various SciNet courses and events to start next week, including a “Intro to Niagara/SciNet” session and a TechTalk on “Machine Learning Cosmic Structure Formation” on Sept
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SciNet News June 2018

SUMMARY Scratch purging policy on Niagara starts July 16. Niagara takes it place at the number 53 spot in the top500. Preliminary fall training and education schedule Details can be found below and are also available on the SciNet education website courses.scinet.utoronto.ca and the SciNet wiki docs.scinet.utoronto.ca. SYSTEM NEWS Scratch purging policy on Niagara starts
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SciNet News August 2016

The SciNet offices have moved to a new home! We are now located in the MaRS West Tower on the eleventh floor (address: 661 University Ave., Suite 1140 Toronto, ON M5G 1M1). As in our old spot, users, students, and friends are still welcome to visit our new abode, however, because we are still getting
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SciNet News April 2015

First of all, we want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who cleaned up their scratch directories last week when /scratch it was 99% full. You saved the file system! Below you will find the salient points of what else happened or changed recently and what will happen in the near future.
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SciNet News February 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS Dear SciNet users, To keep users posted on what’s going on at SciNet, we send monthly emails with the new features, planned courses, events and accomplishments at SciNet. Last month, the SciNet team was augmented with another analyst, Mike Nolta. Welcome, Mike! Below you will find the salient points of what else happened or changed recently and what
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SciNet News April 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS We are pleased to announce that users can now keep track of their progress towards a SciNet certificate through their account on the Courses website. UPCOMING EVENTS Unless stated otherwise, all events take place in the SciNet Boardroom, 2nd floor of 256 McCaul Street, Toronto. Events are free for users but registration is required:
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SciNet News March 2014

To keep users posted on what’s going on at SciNet, we send monthly emails with the new features, planned courses and events and accomplishments at SciNet. Below you will find the salient points of what has happened or changed during the last month and what will happen in the near future. Among these is the
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SciNet News February 2014

To keep users posted on what’s going on at SciNet, we send monthly emails with the new features, planned courses and events and accomplishments at SciNet (Want to share a testimonial? Email it to support@scinet.utoronto.ca). Below you will find the salient points of what has happened or changed during the last month and what will
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SciNet News January 2014

To keep users posted on what’s going on at SciNet, we send monthly emails with the new features, planned courses and events and accomplishments at SciNet. Taking of accomplishments, we are compiling user success stories and testimonials (http://www.scinethpc.ca/testimonials). If you want to share your SciNet-powered success stories, please let us know by emailing to support@scinet.utoronto.ca.
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SciNet News December 2013

To keep users posted on what’s going on at SciNet, every month, we compile the new features, planned courses and events and accomplishments at SciNet. Speaking of accomplishments, we are compiling user success stories and testimonials. If you want to share your SciNet-powered success stories, please let us know by emailing to support AT scinet
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SciNet News November 2013

EVENTS COMING UP Unless stated otherwise, all events take place at the SciNet Headquarters, Rm 235 of 256 McCaul Street, Toronto. All events below are free for users but we ask that you sign up (“enroll”) on the education website. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon November 5 – 28 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH
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SciNet News October 2013

EVENTS COMING UP Unless stated otherwise, all events take place at the SciNet Headquarters, Rm 235 of 256 McCaul Street, Toronto. All events below are free for users but we ask that you sign up (“enroll”) on the education website: https://support.scinet.utoronto.ca/education. Compute Canada Research-Needs Survey Compute Canada (CC) is seeking input from the research community
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SciNet News December 2012

EVENTS COMING UP December 5, 2012 SCINET CERTIFICATE PROGRAM STARTED SciNet has been teaching courses on scientific technical computing and high performance computing for the Toronto-area research community for several years, and now offers recognition to attendees in the form of SciNet Certificates in Scientific Computing or High Performance Computing. Courses offered by SciNet will, effective  immediately, count towards these certificates.
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SciNet News November 2012

EVENTS COMING UP Wednesday November 7, 10:00 am – 11:30 am INTRO TO SCINET Learn what SciNet resources are available, how to compile your code and how to use the batch system, in approximately 90 minutes. Intended for new users, but experienced users may still pick up some valuable pointers. Sign up at https://support.scinet.utoronto.ca/courses/?q=node/80 Friday
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SciNet News October 2012

Events Coming Up Monday October 1 MAINTENANCE DOWNTIME OF ALL SCINET SYSTEMS At 7:50AM, all systems were shutdown for annual cooling tower maintenance. We expect to come back up in the evening of today. Check the wiki in the late afternoon for status updates. Tuesdays, bi-weekly, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm COAST-TO-COAST SEMINAR SERIES The
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SciNet News September 2012

EVENTS COMING UP September 5-6, 10:00 pm – 2:00 am: NO CONNECTION TO SCINET For router maintenance, users will not be able to log into SciNet during this window. Running jobs will not be affected. Wednesday September 12, 10:00 am – 11:30 am INTRO TO SCINET Learn what SciNet resources are available, how to compile
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SciNet News July 2012

EVENTS COMING UP Mon July 9, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm: INTRO TO SCINET Learn what SciNet resources are available, how to compile your code and how to use the batch system, in approximately 90 minutes. Intended for new users, but experienced users may still pick up some valuable pointers. Sign up at https://support.scinet.utoronto.ca/courses/?q=node/68 Mon July 9,
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SciNet News June 2012

EVENTS COMING UP Thu Jun 7: SCHEDULED SHUTDOWN OF ALL SCINET SYSTEMS There will be a full SciNet shutdown on June 7th from 6AM to at least 10PM. This is the final scheduled shutdown in preparation for the installation of the IBM Blue Gene/Q system. A new machine room has been built (walls, raised floor,
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SciNet News May 2012

SYSTEM CHANGES GPC: The GPC has been upgraded to a low-latency, high-bandwidth Infiniband network throughout the cluster. Several significant benefits over the old ethernet/infiniband mixed setup are expected, including: better I/O performance for all jobs better job performance for what used to be multi-node ethernet jobs (as they will now make use of Infiniband), for
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The Portal: Volume 2

SciNet’s newsletter for 2012. Download a PDF copy

SciNet News April 2012

SYSTEM CHANGES SciNet is pleased to announce that it will host and run a new Blue Gene/Q system for the newly-announced Southern Ontario Smart Computing and Innovation Partnership (SOSCIP). The system will consist of at least 40,000 cores with a peak theoretical speed exceeding 500 TFlops and should be operational in the fall of this
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SciNet News March 2012

EVENTS COMING UP Wed Mar 12, 12:00 noon: SCINET USER GROUP (SNUG) MEETING The SciNet Users Group (SNUG) meetings are every month on the second Wednesday, and involve pizza, user discussion, feedback, and one or two short talks on topics or technologies of interest to the SciNet community. This time, we will have TechTalk by
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SciNet News February 2012

EVENTS COMING UP Thu Feb 9, 9:00 am: SCHEDULED DOWNTIME OF THE SCINET CLUSTERS To mitigate some of the file system problems, there will be a relatively short downtime of all SciNet systems on Thursday to perform a reconfiguration. The downtime is expected to last approximately two hours. Check the wiki for updates. Wed Feb
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SciNet News January 2012

SYSTEM CHANGES The new Resource Allocations will take effect on January 9, for groups who were awarded an allocation. There will be a scheduled down-time on January 17/18. We will take that opportunity to update the OS of the login nodes to CentOS 6. On January 30th, CentOS 5 will be phased out. If you
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The Portal: Volume 1

SciNet’s newsletter for 2011. Download a PDF copy

SciNet News December 2011

EVENTS COMING UP Wed Dec 14, 2011: SciNet User Group (SNUG) Meeting The SciNet Users Group (SNUG) meetings are every month on the second Wednesday, and involve pizza, user discussion, feedback, and a one or two short talks on topics or technologies of interest to the SciNet community. This time, we will have Updates on
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SciNet News November 2011

EVENTS COMING UP Tue Nov 8, 9:00 am: MAINTENANCE SHUTDOWN FOR FILE SYSTEM This is the first of two shutdowns intended to improve certain aspects of system performance and data centre stability. File systems are the focus of this first downtime. The most visible change for users is that their home and scratch directories will
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SciNet News October 2011

EVENTS COMING UP Tue Oct 4, 2:00 pm: MAINTENANCE SHUTDOWN FOR DATA CENTRE TRANSFORMERS All logins and jobs will be killed at that time. Power may not be restored until midnight. Thu Oct 6, 1:00-3:00 pm: INFORMATION SESSION FOR NRAC APPLICATIONS Meet with SciNet analysts to discuss your application for the yearly round of national
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SciNet News September 2011

EVENTS COMING UP Fri Sept 9, 12:00 noon: INTRO TO SCINET Learn what SciNet resources are available and how to use them, in approximately 90 minutes. Extremely useful for new users, but experienced users may still pick up some valuable pointers. This is a repeat of the Aug 26 session. Sign up at https://support.scinet.utoronto.ca/courses/?q=node/32. Wed
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SciNet News August 2011

EVENTS COMING UP Mon Aug 22: INTRODUCTION TO GPGPU WITH CUDA The goal of this one-day course is for incoming students, new to GPGPU but familiar with scientific programming in C, to leave being able to start writing simple kernels for their own problems, and understand the tools, techniques and libraries that will be needed
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SciNet News July 2011

COMING UP Jul 11-13: HPCVL / Compute Canada Workshop July 2011 Practical Parallel Programming With OpenMP and MPI HPCVL Training Room, 115-993 Princess St., Kingston, Ontario Schedule: Mon July 11, 2011: OpenMP Tue July 12, 2011: MPI Wed July 13, 2011: Hybrid Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (EST) Lecturers: Hartmut Schmider and Gang Liu
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SciNet News June 2011

COMING UP Wed Jun 8, 12:00 noon: SNUG (SCINET USERS GROUP) MEETING TechTalk by Pierre de Buyl (Chemical Physics Theory Group) on “f2py” (a Fortran-Python interface). User discussion Pizza! This event takes place at the SciNet Headquarters, Rm 235 of 256 McCaul Street, Toronto. Sign up if you are planning to come (so we won’t
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SciNet News May 2011

COMING UP: Wed May 4, 12:00 noon: SNUG (SCINET USERS GROUP) MEETING TechTalk by Peter Colberg (Chemical Physics Theory Group) “Scripting HALMD with Lua and Luabind” Lua is a lightweight, embeddable scripting language. Luabind is a library that exposes C++ classes and functions to Lua. HALMD, a highly accelerated large-scale molecular dynamics package for GPUs,
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SciNet News April 2011

COMING UP: Wed Apr 13, 12:00 noon: SNUG (SCINET USERS GROUP) MEETING TechTalk by Peter Colberg (Chemical Physics Theory Group) “Scripting HALMD with Lua and Luabind” Lua is a lightweight, embeddable scripting language. Luabind is a library that exposes C++ classes and functions to Lua. HALMD, a highly accelerated large-scale molecular dynamics packqage for GPUs,
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SciNet News March 2011

COMING UP: Wed Mar 9, 12:00 noon: SNUG (SCINET USERS GROUP) MEETING Two TechTalks Abdul Mroue: “Numerical Simulations of Precessing Binary Black Holes” Joachim Harnois-Deraps: “Uncertainty in Weak Gravitational Lensing with N-Body Simulations” User discussion Pizza! Sign up if you are planning to come, at https://support.scinet.utoronto.ca/courses/?q=node/17 Tue Mar 15: INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC C++ This is
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SciNet News February 2011

COMING UP: (Unless stated otherwise, all events take place at the SciNet Headquarters, Rm 235 of 256 McCaul St., Toronto) Wed Feb 9, 12:00 noon: SNUG (SciNet Users Group) meeting Two TechTalks: Seth Dworkin will talk about: “Computational Combustion: Toward the use of Sustainable and Alternative Fuels.” SciNet will talk about “How to Monitor Your
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SciNet News January 2011

COMING UP: (All events take place at the SciNet Headquarters at 256 McCaul St., Rm 235) Fri Jan 7: Target date for 2011 resource allocations (RAC) award announcements. Sat Jan 15: RACs for 2011 will be implemented. Jan 19-20 (Wed-Thu): Scheduled maintenance. All SciNet machines will be unavailable for users, including the login, development, and
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SciNet News December 2010

COMING UP (All events take place at the SciNet Headquarters at 256 McCaul St., Rm 235) Dec 8, 2010, 12:00 noon: SNUG (SciNet Users Group) meeting 1/2 hour TechTalk “Performance & profiling” User discussion Pizza! Free registration at https://support.scinet.utoronto.ca/courses. Dec 8, 2010, 3:10 pm: Talk “Fault Tolerant Scientific Computing with Erlang” Qiyu Zhu and Colin
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SciNet News November 2010

Coming up: (Unless otherwise stated, all events take place at the SciNet Headquarters at 256 McCaul St., Rm 235) Nov 8, 3pm: NRAC Call for Proposals DEADLINE More info at https://ccdb.computecanada.org. Note: This is the only call for allocations this year! Nov 10, 12 noon: SNUG (SciNet Users Group) meeting 1/2 hour TechTalk “Debuggers &
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SciNet News October 2010

Added to the wiki in September: Link to the SciNet courses website, https://support.scinet.utoronto.ca/courses. How to use the enhanced diskUsage command to get information on quotas and how much your usage has changed over a certain period. TechTalk “Parallel File System and IO” slides. “Intro to SciNet” slides. Slides and source code from 1-day “Intro to
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SciNet News September 2010

Added to the wiki in August: SSH keys and SciNet How to find out how much disk space you’re using and how much you have left Hyper-threading with Gromacs Updates and improved SciNet User Tutorial Updated module list SciNet classes announced System changes: File system: Stricter /scratch quotas (on both space and number of files)
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SciNet News August 2010

Added to the wiki (https://support.scinet.utoronto.ca/wiki) in July: (All new wiki content below is listed and linked on the main page: https://support.scinet.utoronto.ca/wiki/index.php/SciNet_User_Support_Library#What.27s_New_On_The_Wiki) A side-menu, and a rearranged wiki, for easier wiki navigation. pdfs of the presentations given at the first SciNet GPU workshop. An Intel whitepaper on floating point consistency in the Manual section. Tips for
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