A downtime for all HPC systems is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019. The downtime will affect the Pitzer, Ruby and Owens Clusters, web portals and HPC file servers. Login services, including, and access to storage will not be available during this time. In preparation for the downtime, the batch scheduler will begin holding jobs that cannot be completed before 7 a.m., Feb. 5, 2019.


XFdtd is an electromagnetic simulation solver. Its features analyze problems in antenna design and placement, biomedical and SAR, EMI/EMC, microwave devices, radar and scattering, automotive radar, and more.

Availability and Restrictions


The following versions of XFdtd are available on OSC clusters:

Pitzer Production Deployment December 4

Pitzer, OSC's latest cluster, will be deployed to full production status on Tuesday, December 4. All users will have access to the cluster and will be able to submit jobs. For details on how to modify your jobs to run on Pitzer, please see For general information about the new cluster, please visit and see our Cluster Computing pages. If you have any questions, please contact OSC help

Services have been restored after switch failure

At about 1:50 am on November 14th, 4:05 am on November 17th, and 5:00 am on November 18th, OSC experienced three separate major switch failures. We restored all the services after each outage, and have completed the update to the NetApp appliance that provides the home directory service to address a separate bug triggered by the outage. We are still working with the vendor for the network switches on a permanent resolution to the bug that has caused these interruptions. We will continue to keep you informed.

Switch failure on Nov 17 2018

At about 4:05 am on November 17th, OSC experienced a major switch failure which resulted in the home directory service and GPFS file systems being disrupted. Most services were back up around 10 am, but some users may still be seeing stale file handles on GPFS. We are still working on recovering GPFS clients. For more updates, see:

Reboot of NetApp as part of an upgrade on November 19

We will have a reboot of the NetApp as part of an upgrade, starting from 9:30 AM on Monday, November 19, 2018, to address a bug that causes NetApp issues caused by the network switch outage we had on Nov 14, 2018. Any cluster nodes, OnDemand service, and all filesystems won't be impacted by the reboot. We also do not expect any disruptions to users' jobs due to this reboot.

Major network switch outage on November 14, 2018

At about 1:50 AM on November 14th, OSC experienced a major switch failure which resulted in the home directory service being disrupted. As a result, the home directories were offline and all logins were failing to all clusters. All user-facing issues have been resolved and the services are back. Running jobs may recover, but please look at job output to verify correctness. Some jobs experienced failures and will need to be resubmitted. For more information, see:

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Client portal password and username options

As always, Visit the OSC Client Portal website

Change password while already logged in

Click ‘Change Password’ from the dropdown menu of in the upper-right corner where the full name of the user is shown.

A successful password change redirects back to the dashboard page. There is also a message displayed confirming the change and providing other information.

Reset an expired or forgotten password

From the Login page, click the ‘Forgot your password?’ link.