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POSTPONED: Eagle System Outage and Expansion May 19th

May 11, 2020

Planned activity has been postponed; however, \there may be intermittent network connectivity issues 18:00-22:00, Tuesday, May 19th.

On May 19th we will be having a system time in order to start integrating more compute and storage hardware into Eagle. The hardware was purchased by specific project funds in order to increase the total pool of nodes available on Eagle. Continue reading

Advanced Computing Operations

May 11, 2020

HPC Systems and Operations is now Advanced Computing Operations. The ACO team supports operation of the ESIF HPC User Facility and NREL projects using Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. Continue reading

Intended Use of /projects and /scratch

May 11, 2020

/projects and /scratch are shared resource for Eagle. We encourage users to review the published Shared Storage Usage Policy.

/projects is intended to be used by approved Eagle allocated projects to contain only critical information and programs necessary for the project to succeed, up to the capacity approved by the allocation request in Lex (<Lex project number>/award/).  It is recommended that critical information in /projects be regularly copied to the Mass Storage System (MSS). We anticipate that quotas matching approved allocations for /projects will be implemented in the near future.

To see a project's usage on Eaglefs, you can run the following command substituting your project name for csc000:

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VASP fix for implicit solvation package

May 11, 2020

The HPC installations of VASP 5.4.4 (accessible from the vasp/5.4.4 module) will be updated on May 8th to address an issue with the VASPsol implicit solvation model. As part of this update, the software dependencies will be updated to Intel MPI and MKL 2019 and GCC 8.2.0. These changes should be transparent, and will not require changes to your workflow.

The existing binaries will continue to be accessible with a file extension of “1”, e.g., vasp_gam.1

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FY21 NREL HPC Annual Call for Allocation Requests

April 24, 2020

The HPC Systems and Operations Group is working closely with DOE to develop a timeline for this year's allocation cycle. We anticipate the process to work similarly to last year with the call for allocation requests going out mid-May and the deadline will be mid-June, 5 weeks later. The call will be announced with more details in the May NREL HPC Update. Continue reading

Appropriate Use of /scratch and /projects

April 24, 2020

NREL HPC allocations include storage space in the /projects filesystems. This is a shared resource, and project leads should periodically monitor usage. Currently there is a lot of metadata use on /scratch and /projects. There are a lot of empty directories in /scratch and /projects using space and metadata space in particular, and we could use your help cleaning those up. Please contact if you need help assessing your data or deleting empty directories. Please visit our website to review the shared storage usage policy. Continue reading

Don't Hold Software Licenses!

April 24, 2020

Network floating licenses are a shared resource. Whenever you open an application window, a license is pulled from the pool and becomes unavailable to other Eagle users. Please do NOT keep idle windows open—if you are not actively using the application, close it and return the associated licenses to the pool.

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Allocation Reduction Policy

April 24, 2020

Allocation reduction policy will be applied April 10th. As a reminder, quarterly reductions to the annual allocation, in FY 2020, shortly after Quarter 1, Quarter 2, and Quarter 3 end, allocations will be automatically adjusted to account for low utilization against planned usage. Instead of "use or lose", there will be some percentage of the initial allocation amount removed from the remaining balance. Changes to the spend plan should be communicated to us as early as possible. For more information, please go to our website page Allocation Reductions. Continue reading

Remote access to Eagle/HPC alternatives

April 24, 2020

For users who wish to connect to the Eagle system resources, particularly where we are all working remotely, some reminders of connection options may be of assistance. Continue reading

Applications and Frameworks available for testing

March 03, 2020

The following applications and frameworks are installed on Eagle, and can be accessed from the test modules collection. They can be made visible with the command

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