Monthly Maintenance, July 6th, 2020 7am-11am

Monday July 6, 2020 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Monthly maintenance will occur on Monday, July 6th from 7am to 11am.


  • IMPORTANT! - Home directories will be physically moved on July 20th. This will require the stoppage of ALL jobs and cluster logins as accounts cannot operate without a home directory. We are targeting a full day (allotting 8-10 hrs).  To compensate for this interruption, we will perform any pending maintenance tasks during this window and cancel August maintenance.
    More details and a list of affected services can be found at: https://www.rc.fas.harvard.edu/rsvpmaker/home-directory-move-july-2020/

  • As a part of the Markley-Boston datacenter downsizing project, FASRC will be combining physical space with HMS.  From June-August, we will be moving 18 racks worth of servers to a new location. The above home directory move is a required part of this.
  • Globus endpoints update: We now have “Harvard FASRC Holyoke” and “Harvard FASRC Boston” endpoints. Storage for each will be mounted based on data center locations. We will be retiring the #fasrc endpoint during this maintenance. 

  • Please note that our office hours (Wednesdays 12pm -3pm) are still online.
    Details: https://www.rc.fas.harvard.edu/training/office-hours/

  • The annual June power downtime at MGHPCC has been postponed until October 20-21 (shutdown begins at 6PM on 10/19).
    More details here: https://www.rc.fas.harvard.edu/mghpcc-yearly-shutdown


  • Slurm (20.02.3) and PMIx upgrade- * Jobs will be paused *
    • Audience: Users running cluster jobs of any kind
    • Impact: Runnning jobs will be paused while the scheduler is upgraded
    • Impact: Pending jobs will remain pending
    • Impact: New jobs cannot be scheduled until complete
  • Generic Globus endpoint decommission, Boston and Holyoke endpoints active
    • Audience: Globus users using original endpoint
    • Impact: See Globus docs for new endpoint details - https://docs.rc.fas.harvard.edu/kb/globus-file-transfer/
    • New endpoint allows direct use of lab storage
  • VDI/OpenOnDemand upgrade
    • Audience: All VDI/OOD users
    • Impact: VDI/OpenOnDemand aka OOD unavailable during maintenance
    • Impact: VDI nodes will also be rebooted
  • Login node firmware upgrades
    • Audience: Users of cluster login nodes
    • Impact: Login nodes will be unavailable for short periods while updating
    • Impact: Login nodes will also be rebooted
  • Login and VDI nodes will be rebooted
    • Audience: Cluster users on login and VDI nodes
    • Impact: Reboots will follow work on login and VDI nodes as noted above
  • Scratch cleanup ( https://docs.rc.fas.harvard.edu/kb/policy-scratch/ )
    • Audience: Cluster users
    • Impact: Files older than 90 days will be removed.
    • Reminder: Scratch 90-day file retention purging runs occur regularly not just during maintenance periods.

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Reminder: Scratch 90-day file retention purging runs occur regularly not just during maintenance periods.

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