Frontera User News

Frontera GPU nodes now available

Posted by Tim Cockerill on Dec 6, 2019 6:35:53 PM

We are pleased to announce that the GPU component of Frontera - 90 nodes each with 4 NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 - is now in production. Users may utilize these nodes via the “rtx” queue for production runs or the “rtx-dev” queue for development efforts.Please submit any questions you may have via the...

We are pleased to announce that the GPU component of Frontera - 90 nodes each with 4 NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 - is now in production. Users may utilize these nodes via the “rtx” queue for production runs or the “rtx-dev” queue for development efforts.Please submit any questions you may have via the TACC User Portal.

TACC Network Maintenance 15 December, 2019

Posted by David Littrell on Dec 3, 2019 4:20:41 PM

Access to all TACC systems will be unavailable on 15 December, 2019 from 8:00 AM CDT until 4:00 PM CDT.  This is to allow for upgrades to the TACC core network hardware. Jobs will continue to run, but users will have no access to TACC services and systems until the upgrade is complete. Please...

Access to all TACC systems will be unavailable on 15 December, 2019 from 8:00 AM CDT until 4:00 PM CDT.  This is to allow for upgrades to the TACC core network hardware. Jobs will continue to run, but users will have no access to TACC services and systems until the upgrade is complete.


Please submit any questions you may have via the TACC User Portal.

https://portal.tacc.utexas.edu/tacc-consulting

Frontera: Initial purge of scratch1 on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Posted by Jason Allison on Nov 26, 2019 3:37:13 PM

The increase in scratch1($SCRATCH) usage necessitates that we begin purging as described in the Frontera User Guide at  https://fronteraweb.tacc.utexas.edu/user-guide/files/  All user files not accessed in 10 days are subject to purge.  Any actions to bypass this purge policy may result in...

The increase in scratch1($SCRATCH) usage necessitates that we begin purging as described in the Frontera User Guide at  https://fronteraweb.tacc.utexas.edu/user-guide/files/ 

All user files not accessed in 10 days are subject to purge. 
Any actions to bypass this purge policy may result in suspension of system access.

This will be the first purge of scratch1 and will occur during the maintenance on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019. 

After this purge, we will purge periodically as required.  We will not send notices before future purges.

Please submit a ticket or contact your HPC liaison with any questions or concerns.

Thank you.

Frontera Maintenance Tuesday, 3 December 2019 8:00AM

Posted by Greg Umbay on Nov 19, 2019 11:20:40 AM

Frontera will not be available from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, 3 December 2019. System maintenance will be performed during this time.

 Resources Affected : Frontera

 Please submit any questions you may have via the TACC User Portal.

https://portal.tacc.utexas.edu/tacc-consulting.

Frontera will not be available from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, 3 December 2019. System maintenance will be performed during this time.

 Resources Affected : Frontera

 Please submit any questions you may have via the TACC User Portal.

https://portal.tacc.utexas.edu/tacc-consulting.

Containers @ TACC - 6 December, 2019 9pm-3pm

Posted by Jason Allison on Nov 14, 2019 3:23:17 PM

We are pleased to announce the Containers @ TACC Training being held on December 6th, 2019 from 9am to 3pm CT. Software containers are an important common currency for portable and reproducible computing.  Learn best practices on building, using, and sharing Docker and Singularity containers in...

We are pleased to announce the Containers @ TACC Training being held on December 6th, 2019 from 9am to 3pm CT.

Software containers are an important common currency for portable and reproducible computing.  Learn best practices on building, using, and sharing Docker and Singularity containers in this hands-on workshop.  Also learn how to run those containers on TACC HPC systems, including MPI and GPU aware containers.

This training is available to both in-person and remote attendees via webcast. Local participants are strongly encouraged to attend in-person.

Registration for this event closes at 5pm CT on December 4th, 2019. To register and for more information please visit:

Please email jasona@tacc.utexas.edu if you have any questions.

HPC Application Tutorial: VASP on Frontera and Stampede2 - 5 December, 2019 1pm-4pm CT

Posted by Jason Allison on Nov 12, 2019 9:21:53 AM

We are pleased to announce the HPC Application Tutorial: VASP on Frontera and Stampede2 Training being held on December 5th, 2019 from 1pm to 4pm CT. This new training module helps beginner and intermediate users of the VASP software package to carry out calculations with desirable performance and...

We are pleased to announce the HPC Application Tutorial: VASP on Frontera and Stampede2 Training being held on December 5th, 2019 from 1pm to 4pm CT. This new training module helps beginner and intermediate users of the VASP software package to carry out calculations with desirable performance and efficient usage of resources on TACC systems. It covers basic procedures for running VASP on TACC systems like Frontera and Stampede2, including:

- how to use a TACC supercomputer,
- how to gain access to the TACC installed VASP software environment,
- how to build VASP in licensed user's accounts for debugging, and
- how to build VASP in licensed user’s accounts with 3rd-party extensions.

The training also introduces the general steps for determining the task topology for optimal performance and scaling of VASP jobs under the TACC computing environment. Furthermore, we present and explain some of the most common issues and solutions to help users save effort in troubleshooting VASP related errors.

This training focuses on the system and computing environment aspects and how to run VASP efficiently on TACC systems. It is not a tutorial for researchers on how to use VASP to solve science problems. Users need to refer VASP manual and forum for that purpose.

Registration for this event closes at 1pm CT on December 4th, 2019. To register and for more information please visit:
https://learn.tacc.utexas.edu/

Please contact me at jasona@tacc.utexas.edu if you have any questions.

$WORK FILE SYSTEM STATUS

Posted by Garland Whiteside on Oct 26, 2019 9:10:52 AM

The /work filesystem experienced a hardware problem with one of the storage controllers that began around 7:30 Central this morning and impacted a portion of the filesystem.   The problem was resolved at 9:00AM and the filesystem has resumed normal operation.   User processes may have experienced...

The /work filesystem experienced a hardware problem with one of the storage controllers that began around 7:30 Central this morning and impacted a portion of the filesystem.   The problem was resolved at 9:00AM and the filesystem has resumed normal operation.   User processes may have experienced hangs or pauses trying to access files in /work during this time.

Please submit any questions you may have via the TACC User Portal.

https://portal.tacc.utexas.edu/tacc-consulting

Frontera large system run period extended

Posted by Tim Cockerill on Oct 25, 2019 11:36:30 AM

The large system run period has been extended until Wednesday.  We are working with several PRAC groups to run and debug large system jobs. We will be opportunistically running smaller/shorter jobs from the queue as we are able through Wednesday, and then normal queueing will resume.

The large system run period has been extended until Wednesday.  We are working with several PRAC groups to run and debug large system jobs. We will be opportunistically running smaller/shorter jobs from the queue as we are able through Wednesday, and then normal queueing will resume.

Frontera Maintenance 5 November 2019 8:00 AM

Posted by Matthew Edeker on Oct 22, 2019 12:17:25 PM

Frontera will not be available from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, 5 November 2019. System maintenance will be performed during this time.

Resources Affected: Frontera 

Please submit any questions you have via the TACC User Portal.

https://portal.tacc.utexas.edu/tacc-consulting

Frontera will not be available from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, 5 November 2019. System maintenance will be performed during this time.

Resources Affected: Frontera 

Please submit any questions you have via the TACC User Portal.

https://portal.tacc.utexas.edu/tacc-consulting

XSEDE HPC Workshop OpenMP - November 5, 2019

Posted by Jason Allison on Oct 18, 2019 4:49:16 PM

We are pleased to announce that TACC will be participating as a satellite site for the XSEDE HPC Workshop OpenMP - November 5, 2019. This workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to OpenMP programming. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to...

We are pleased to announce that TACC will be participating as a satellite site for the XSEDE HPC Workshop OpenMP - November 5, 2019. This workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to OpenMP programming. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using OpenMP.

Tentative Agenda

Tuesday, November 5
10:00 AM CT Welcome
10:15 AM CT Computing Environment
10:30 AM CT It’s a Multi-core World
11:00 PM CT Intro to OpenMP
12:00 PM CT Lunch break
1:00 PM CT Intro Cont.
3:15 PM CT OpenMP 4.0 and Beyond
4:00 PM CT Adjourn

If you are in the Austin area and are able to attend the event here at TACC, please visit the following address for more information and to register:
https://portal.xsede.org/course-calendar/-/training-user/class/1903/session/3346 


You will need to sign in with your XSEDE account to register. If you do not have an XSEDE account you can create one by visiting the following address:
https://portal.xsede.org/my-xsede#/guest 

For directions to TACC, please visit the following address:
https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/about/contact

Stockyard Status 16 October 2019

Posted by Greg Umbay on Oct 16, 2019 9:50:00 AM

The Stockyard meta data server is down now.
We are working to restore the MDS.

Updated on Oct 16, 2019 10:38:32 AM

Stockyard MDS is back in service as of 10:30 AM CST.

Original Posting

The Stockyard meta data server is down now.
We are working to restore the MDS.

High Performance Computing on Frontera - 31 October, 2019 and 7 November, 2019

Posted by Jason Allison on Oct 10, 2019 11:10:01 AM

TACC is offering this training on High Performance Computing (HPC) and parallel programming for Frontera and other TACC resources (Stampede2) on two separate days. During the first day (10/31) we focus on parallel programming with OpenMP. We provide an introduction to OpenMP in the morning and...

TACC is offering this training on High Performance Computing (HPC) and parallel programming for Frontera and other TACC resources (Stampede2) on two separate days. During the first day (10/31) we focus on parallel programming with OpenMP. We provide an introduction to OpenMP in the morning and delve into advanced topics in the afternoon. On the second day (11/7) the focus shifts to MPI, again covering an introduction and some advanced topics. We also discuss hybrid computing and the interplay between OpenMP and MPI within a single code. The day ends with a session on parallel I/O. 

Most of the training segments have a hands-on component (lab) that will be conducted on Frontera (or Stampede2).  

This training is available to both in-person and remote attendees via webcast. Local participants are strongly encouraged to attend in-person.

For more information and to register for each day of the event, please visit: https://learn.tacc.utexas.edu/

Please email jasona@tacc.utexas.edu if you have any questions.


Introduction To Parallel Programming Using The Interactive Parallelization Tool (IPT) 18 October, 2019 1:30pm-4:30pm CT

Posted by Jason Allison on Oct 4, 2019 9:08:04 AM

We are pleased to announce the Introduction To Parallel Programming Using The Interactive Parallelization Tool (IPT) Training being held on October 18th, 2019 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm CT. Parallel programming is critical for efficiently using not only the current and future generation large-scale...

We are pleased to announce the Introduction To Parallel Programming Using The Interactive Parallelization Tool (IPT) Training being held on October 18th, 2019 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm CT.

Parallel programming is critical for efficiently using not only the current and future generation large-scale supercomputing platforms but also the now ubiquitous many-core and multi-core processors found in commodity hardware. In this 3-hour, beginner-level tutorial on parallel programming, we will introduce you to the parallel programming concepts, OpenMP, and MPI using the Interactive Parallelization Tool (IPT). 

This training will be available to both in-person and remote attendees via webcast. Local participants are strongly encouraged to attend in-person. 

To register for each session and for more information please visit: https://learn.tacc.utexas.edu/

Please contact me at jasona@tacc.utexas.edu if you have any questions.

Frontera Maintenance 1 October 2019

Posted by David Littrell on Sep 17, 2019 4:04:20 PM

Frontera will not be available from 8 a.m. to 7:30p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, 1 October 2019. System maintenance will be performed during this time.

Updated on Oct 1, 2019 8:37:42 PM

Maintenance has ended. 

Original Posting

Frontera will not be available from 8 a.m. to 7:30p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, 1 October 2019. System maintenance will be performed during this time.

Matlab Server Maintenance 3 October 2019

Posted by Matthew Edeker on Oct 1, 2019 11:18:22 AM

The Matlab license server serving TACC systems will be under maintenance this Thursday (Oct 3rd, 2019) from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

The license service will be intermittently unavailable during the maintenance.

The Matlab license server serving TACC systems will be under maintenance this Thursday (Oct 3rd, 2019) from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

The license service will be intermittently unavailable during the maintenance.

XSEDE HPC Workshop Big Data - October 1-2, 2019

Posted by Jason Allison on Sep 17, 2019 10:20:14 AM

We are please to announce that TACC will be participating as a satellite site for the the XSEDE HPC Workshop, Big Data on October 1st and 2nd, 2019. Agenda Tuesday, October 1 10:00 AM CT Welcome 10:25 AM CT Intro to Big Data 11:00 AM CT Hadoop 11:30 AM CT Intro to Spark 12:00 PM CT Lunch break 1:00...

We are please to announce that TACC will be participating as a satellite site for the the XSEDE HPC Workshop, Big Data on October 1st and 2nd, 2019.

Agenda

Tuesday, October 1
10:00 AM CT Welcome
10:25 AM CT Intro to Big Data
11:00 AM CT Hadoop
11:30 AM CT Intro to Spark
12:00 PM CT Lunch break
1:00 PM CT Spark
3:45 PM CT Bridges: A Big Data Platform
4:00 PM CT Adjourn

Wednesday, October 2
10:00 AM CT Machine Learning: Recommender System with Spark
12:00 PM CT Lunch break
1:00 PM CT Deep Learning with Tensorflow
4:00 PM CT Adjourn

If you are in the Austin area and are able to attend one or both days of the event here at TACC, please visit the following address for more information and to register:

https://portal.xsede.org/course-calendar/-/training-user/class/1672/session/3041

You will need to sign in with your XSEDE account to register. If you do not have an XSEDE account you can create one by visiting the following address: 

For directions to TACC, please visit the following address:


Frontera Maintenance 10 September 2019

Posted by Mitchell Collins-Bailey on Aug 29, 2019 12:11:11 PM

Frontera will be unavailable from 8:00am - 9:00pm (CST) on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. System maintenance will be performed during this time.

Updated on Sep 11, 2019 1:51:32 AM

The Frontera system maintenance has ended.  Frontera is back in production.

Updated on Sep 10, 2019 10:01:49 PM

The Frontera system maintenance has been extended.

Original Posting

Frontera will be unavailable from 8:00am - 9:00pm (CST) on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. System maintenance will be performed during this time.

C++ for C Programmers - 13 September, 2019 9am-5pm CT

Posted by Jason Allison on Aug 28, 2019 10:41:27 AM

We are pleased to announce the C++ for C Programmers Training being held on September 13th, 2019 from 9am to 5pm CT. C++ can be considered as a superset of C, but this view often leads to un-idiomatic C++ programming. In this short course we both show the new mechanisms of C++, and we explain what...

We are pleased to announce the C++ for C Programmers Training being held on September 13th, 2019 from 9am to 5pm CT.

C++ can be considered as a superset of C, but this view often leads to un-idiomatic C++ programming. In this short course we both show the new mechanisms of C++, and we explain what C mechanisms, while available, should no longer be used.

The first half of this course covers mostly object-oriented programming and parameter passing with references; the second half covers advanced topics such as smart pointers, exceptions, iterators, lambdas, templates. It will be pointed which features are specific to the C++14 and C++17 standards.

This training will be available to both in-person and remote attendees via webcast. Local participants are strongly encouraged to attend in-person.

To register and for more information please visit: https://learn.tacc.utexas.edu/

Please contact me at jasona@tacc.utexas.edu if you have any questions.

Last Chance: TACC Symposium for Texas Researchers 26-27 September, 2019

Posted by Jason Allison on Aug 15, 2019 4:10:30 PM

Last chance to register (deadline Aug 30) and submit an abstract for presentation (deadline Aug 16) at the TACC Symposium for Texas Researchers (TACCSTER) being held on September 26-27, 2019 at the Texas Advanced Computing Center in Austin, Texas. TACCSTER is a meeting of scientists, engineers and...



Last chance to register (deadline Aug 30) and submit an abstract for presentation (deadline Aug 16) at the TACC Symposium for Texas Researchers (TACCSTER) being held on September 26-27, 2019 at the Texas Advanced Computing Center in Austin, Texas.

TACCSTER is a meeting of scientists, engineers and scholars from across the state of Texas who use, and would like to use, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to advance their research goals. This meeting will be an opportunity for you to:

     * Showcase your ongoing research involving TACC resources
     * Attend and participate in Birds-of-a-Feather panel discussions
     * Learn new and useful computing skills from a variety of tutorials
     * Network with other Texas-based researchers
     * Hear information about the latest TACC systems and services

To register and for more information please visit: https://learn.tacc.utexas.edu/

Please contact taccster@tacc.utexas.edu if you have any questions.

Frontera Maintenance 30 July 2019

Posted by Tim Cockerill on Jul 25, 2019 5:47:48 PM

Frontera will be unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance from 8:00am - 7:30pm (CST) on Tuesday, 30 July 2019.

Frontera will be unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance from 8:00am - 7:30pm (CST) on Tuesday, 30 July 2019.

TACC Symposium for Texas Researchers 26-27 September, 2019

Posted by Jason Allison on Jul 25, 2019 10:29:54 AM

We are pleased to announce the second TACC Symposium for Texas Researchers (TACCSTER) being held on September 26-27, 2019. TACCSTER is a meeting of scientists, engineers and scholars from across the state of Texas who use, and would like to use, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to advance...

We are pleased to announce the second TACC Symposium for Texas Researchers (TACCSTER) being held on September 26-27, 2019.

TACCSTER is a meeting of scientists, engineers and scholars from across the state of Texas who use, and would like to use, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to advance their research goals. This meeting will be an opportunity for you to showcase your ongoing research involving TACC resources, attend and participate in Birds-of-a-Feather panel discussions, learn new and useful computing skills from a variety of tutorials, network with other Texas-based researchers, and hear information about the latest TACC systems and services.

The meeting will be held on September 26-27, 2019 at the Texas Advanced Computing Center in Austin, Texas.

To register and for more information please visit: https://learn.tacc.utexas.edu/

Please contact taccster@tacc.utexas.edu if you have any questions.

Getting Ready for Frontera - 8.22.19 9am to 5pm CT

Posted by Jason Allison on Jul 24, 2019 2:09:42 PM

Are you in need of highly parallel computing at an unprecedented scale? TACC is currently deploying NSF’s new flagship system Frontera, which will serve the ever growing needs of the scientific community. We invite you to join us at TACC for a full day of presentations and discussions focused on...

Are you in need of highly parallel computing at an unprecedented scale? TACC is currently deploying NSF’s new flagship system Frontera, which will serve the ever growing needs of the scientific community. We invite you to join us at TACC for a full day of presentations and discussions focused on Frontera’s outstanding capabilities. We will introduce the system and its new and innovative components, and will discuss how to optimally compile, launch, and execute scientific applications at large scale. Much emphasis will be put on the description of available MPI stacks and on tuning MPI and hybrid (MPI+OpenMP) applications via environment variables. The schedule will allow for many opportunities to interact with TACC staff and to discuss general and/or user specific topics. This event is open to the large early-user community that is already using Frontera, and to any current or future user of TACC resources.

This training will be available to both in-person and remote attendees via webcast. Local participants are strongly encouraged to attend in-person.

To register and for more information please visit:
https://learn.tacc.utexas.edu/

If you have any questions please contact me at jasona@tacc.utexas.edu

Frontera Website Goes Live

Posted by Tim Cockerill on Jun 25, 2019 9:47:16 AM

The Frontera website is now available. 

Check out the latest information about Frontera at https://fronteraweb.tacc.utexas.edu/

The Frontera website is now available. 

Check out the latest information about Frontera at https://fronteraweb.tacc.utexas.edu/