System Downtime March 14 2023

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 7:00am to 9:00pm

Ohio Supercomputer Center

A downtime for OSC HPC systems is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 14 2023. The downtime will affect the Pitzer, Owens and Ascend Clusters, web portals, and HPC file servers. MyOSC (the client portal) and state-wide licenses will be available during the downtime.

In preparation for the downtime, the batch scheduler will not start jobs that cannot be completed before 7 a.m., March 14 2023. Jobs that are not started on clusters will be held until after the downtime and then started once the system is returned to production status. 

Highlights of the downtime activities include:

  • Replacement of a cooling distribution unit in Pitzer
  • Regular systems maintenance
  • Fireware and OS updates on critical servers

Beginning Monday, March 13, 2023, at 7 a.m., OSC will be taking the 40-core Pitzer nodes offline to replace the liquid cooling unit. We anticipate this work may take until Thursday, March 16 to complete. Given uncertainties about the time necessary to complete this work, OSC engineers opted to begin this work before the March 14 downtime to increase the likelihood of the nodes returning online before the following weekend and to minimize the total outage. We are working with our vendors to reduce the outage duration as much as possible.  

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