Release of the new NIRD Toolkit

Dear NIRD Toolkit user,

We have the pleasure to announce that the new version of the NIRD Toolkit will be released on 08 December 2022 at 19:00.

What is new?

In the new version all NIRD Toolkit users will be able to authenticate with Feide without any cumbersome detours or procedures.

Furthermore, the front end of the NIRD Toolkit has been redesigned to be more user-friendly with a modern look and a universal design, allowing NIRD Toolkit users to log in and submit jobs from any portable device.

Finally, the code of the NIRD Toolkit has been rewritten to increase the security and code manageability, including significant, under the hood code refreshing, security fixes, and framework modernization. 

What happens during and after the release?

Existing open sessions should continue to work uninterrupted until next login. Should you however experience issue with login to the updated NIRD Toolkit, we advise you to logout, reload your browser and delete cookies.

If the planned release affect heavily your workflow, please get in contact with us by sending an email to contact@sigma2.no.

NIRD Toolkit Upgrade

Dear NIRD Toolkit and NIRD Service Platform user,

We have the pleasure to announce out-rolling of new authentication system for enhanced user experience, as well an upgraded and clean look front-end for the NIRD Toolkit this upcoming Friday.

The upgrade process will start at 09:00 on the 26th of August. Please note that the upgrade process might lead to service interruption.

Thank you for your understanding!

NIRD Toolkit: maintenance 03.02

Dear NIRD Toolkit users and principal investigators,

The authentication to NIRD Toolkit has been improved to become more flexible. The new solution will be put in production on the 3rd of February, 2022. The maintenance will be done in the evening, starting at 20:00.

For NIRD Toolkit users the change will be minimal, but it will require that you re-authenticate your session (log out and log in). 

Thank you for your understanding!

Maintenance postponed due to technical issues. More info to come.

NIRD Toolkit: maintenance 27.01

Dear NIRD Toolkit users and principal investigators,

Feide has planned maintenance on the 27th of January, 2022.

This might impact logging in to services running on the NIRD Service Platform using Dataporten/Feide, such as NIRD Toolkit.

However, we do not expect stoppage or cancellation for any of the already running services and applications.

Upload to the archive stopped

Due to shortage of the storage capacity, the upload in the NIRD Research Data Archive has been temporarily closed.

We plan to increase the capacity of the NIRD Research Data Archive during spring/summer 2022. In the meantime, if you need to have DOI attached to datasets for publication, please contact us at archive.manager@nris.no . The DOI will be created immediately, while the dataset will be uploaded at a later stage.

For any question, please contact us at archive.manager@nris.no.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

[RESOLVED] NIRD Toolkit packages are unavailable

Update 10:49: Issue is now resolved and NIRD Toolkit packages are again available for deployment.

Dear NIRD Toolkit Users,

Due to ongoing configuration changes, the NIRD Toolkit packages are currently unavailable. However, the problem is not affecting the currently running services.

We are working on completing a repository migration.

Apologies for the inconvenience. We will keep you updated.

Betzy pre-production

Dear HPC User,

We are pleased to announce that Betzy is opened for pre-production Friday 20 November.

Being close to the weekend, Betzy is opened stepwise. First to prior pilot projects and then for general access Tuesday 24 November.

It has been a long journey, but we are happy to see good performance and stability on the system.

Please note, that during the coming days, changes will be made to the queue system setup, which could necessitate the cancelling of running jobs.

Finally, support will be also offered only from 24 November.

Thank you for your patience and we wish you happy computing!

Best regards,

Lorand Szentannai, on behalf of the preparations team

Updated information about Betzy production

Dear HPC User,

As mentioned previous week, the validation benchmarks have been stable, and we were ready to run and evaluate the site acceptance test. Unfortunately, the interconnect stability issues reoccured once again. 

We and the vendor have been running extensive tests since. The R&D department from the vendor of the interconnect released a new firmware yesterday afternoon, which was applied already yesterday evening and stress-tests immediately started. In order to be sure that the problem is resolved, several days of testing is needed.

Therefore, we have to postpone the production yet again with a week. Current production estimate is end of week 47.

We can assure you that we are very eager to have the system 100% stabilized and in production and everybody involved in the project (be it from Sigma2, the Metacenter, or vendor) is working intensively with this.

Thank you for your understanding!

Best regards,

Lorand Szentannai, on behalf of the preparations team

Information regarding Betzy production

Dear HPC User,

Our previous estimate of production on Betzy has proved to be somewhat optimistic. 

With the help of the vendor, we believe we have identified and fixed the cause of the interconnect stability problem on Betzy. The most recent validation benchmarks have been stable, and we will begin the site acceptance test (SAT) within Friday, 6 November. If the machine passes the SAT, it will be handed over to the operations and opened for production. 

The final preparations usually take 1-3 days. We therefore estimate that production will begin on Betzy within next week, week 46.

Best regards,

Lorand Szentannai, on behalf of the preparations team

Estimated production date for Betzy

Dear HPC user,

Our newest supercomputer – Betzy – is unfortunately delayed entering production due to circumstances outside of our control. 

We have had significant delays in getting all the components in place due to slack in logistics caused by the Covid pandemic. However, approximately 94% of the system capacity is now ready installed and configured. Work is ongoing to prepare the outstanding system capacity in the upcoming weeks. 

Benchmarks and pilot testing on Betzy have revealed an intermittent stability problem with the node interconnect. The vendor has been investigating the issue in the past two weeks in order to identify the source of the issue. Our new best estimate is that Betzy go into production in week 45

This has consequences for the decommissioning of Vilje and Stallo because we rely on Betzy to free up computational load from the other machines. Thus, the new decommissioning date for Vilje and Stallo is 1. DecemberWe would like the machines to be fully utilized until they are decommissioned, and therefore encourage you to continue using Vilje and Stallo if you still have the opportunity.

Thank you for your understanding!

Best regards,
Lorand Szentannai, on behalf of the preparations team