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ESIF-HPC-3 Project Update

November 03, 2020

The ESIF-HPC-3 project has begun! The effort to acquire Eagle’s successor involves ongoing engagement with stakeholders (EERE, Lab Program Management, and the HPC user community), tracking industry trends, analysis of Eagle’s workload over its life to date, external design review, and a carefully managed Request for Proposals targeted for release later this year. We are currently in the process of completing the draft technical specifications for the ESIF-HPC-3 system, and are targeting the start of FY23 for general production access.

If you would like to weigh in on how your work would benefit from existing or new features you could envision, please feel free to send a note to hpc-help@nrel.gov. We will open a discussion on the draft design in its current form if there is sufficient interest.

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Lustre Quotas

November 03, 2020

Effective with the new Fiscal Year 2021 Project allocations for Eagle, quotas for approved storage allocations' capacities have been implemented on /projects and MSS on Eagle. This was to encourage users to manage their /projects data usage and usage of /scratch for jobs. HPC Operations is developing reporting capabilities of usage, but in the mean time, users may request help from the HPC Help Desk, or utilize these procedures from an Eagle Login node: Continue reading

Changes to Eagle Mass Storage System (MSS)

November 03, 2020

What: NREL HPC Operations is in the process of retiring the on-premise MSS capability and has started using cloud-based data storage capability. Continue reading

Eagle Year In Review

October 09, 2020

We hope and expect that FY20 was anomalous.  Most years HPC systems at NREL deliver more than 95% availability and many fewer interruptions.  We have fixed hardware issues, patched and upgraded OS and software, and increased focus on communications.  We do our very best to decrease the number and duration of both planned and unplanned outages that do occur... Continue reading

ESIF-HPC-3 Project Update

October 09, 2020

The ESIF-HPC-3 project has begun! The effort to acquire Eagle’s successor involves ongoing engagement with stakeholders (EERE, Lab Program Management, and the HPC user community), tracking industry trends, analysis of Eagle’s workload over its life to date, external design review, and a carefully managed Request for Proposals targeted for release later this year. We are currently in the process of completing the draft technical specifications for the ESIF-HPC-3 system, and are targeting the start of FY23 for general production access.

If you would like to weigh in on how your work would benefit from existing or new features you could envision, please feel free to send a note to hpc-help@nrel.gov. We will open a discussion on the draft design in its current form if there is sufficient interest.

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Allocation Process Update

October 09, 2020

The allocation process resulted in the allocation of 72M AUs on Eagle to start the Fiscal Year 21 Allocation Cycle. Continue reading

Enforcing Quotas in /projects

October 09, 2020

Effective for FY21 allocated projects, quotas will be implemented in Eagle's /projects to match the approved storage allocations.  Users are strongly encouraged to utilize /scratch for their jobs, and move results to /projects. Continue reading

Expired projects have 90 days to copy or move their Eagle /projects Data

October 09, 2020

Reminder Expired FY20 Project Allocations have 90 days to copy or move their Eagle /projects Data.  Per NREL HPC Data Retention policies, users with projects not continuing into the next allocation cycle have 90 days to move or copy their data in Eagle /projects before it is removed to make space for current storage allocations. Continue reading

Eagle FY 21 HPC Allocation Call and Process Webinar

June 05, 2020

NREL’s Annual allocation cycle is open to run on Eagle for FY21.  Users are encouraged to submit requests for currently funded projects, proposed research, and projects where a proposal is pending.   This includes EERE, non-EERE DOE projects such as ARPA-E and Office of Science, other federal work, and SPP projects.  Allocation requests are due July 1.  For more information about allocations, please see https://www.nrel.gov/hpc/resource-allocation-requests.html

To help users, the NREL allocations team will be hosting a webinar at 1:30 p.m. MST on Thursday, June 11th.   NREL HPC staff will go through the process, and answer questions.

FY21 NREL HPC Allocation Process Webinar June 11th

Thursday, June 11, 2020 1:30 pm | 1 hour 30 minutes | (UTC-06:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)

https://meetingsamer7.webex.com/meetingsamer7/j.php?MTID=mf2b66669ba77b5c0ddf3192965a63289

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Intro to HPC - Summer Series

June 05, 2020

HPC User Operations will be hosting an Intro to HPC workshop series for new HPC users. We will be covering introductory command line navigation, connecting to NREL HPC systems, job submission strategies, Eagle file systems, and more! Note: NREL HPC user account is required.

Sessions:

HPC Linux Basics:

Thursday, June 18th - 1:00PM - 2:30PM

-Set up your system to use HPC
-Cover the basics of using the Linux command line
-Basics of remote system access (SSH) and Linux permissions

Introduction to NREL HPC Systems

Thursday, June 25th - 10:30AM - 12:00PM

-Explore HPC File Systems
-Software environments and modules
-Introduction to Slurm
-Getting productive with Eagle

Interactive Workshop

Wednesday, July 1st - 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Bring your questions! Where do you need help? If we don't have topics, we may demo:

  • Installing applications on Eagle / conda environments
  • Maintaining your own environment modules
  • Bash tips and tricks
  • Version control - Git

Please RSVP to any or all sessions by sending an email to Jennifer.Southerland@nrel.gov. Please visit the HPC Training Calendar for updates.

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