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Rolling reboot of Pitzer, Owens and Ascend, starting at 9am 06/06

A vulnerability, CVE-2024-27322, in the R programming language that affects the serialization and deserialization process in the R programming language prior to version 4.4.0 is discovered. This vulnerability can be exploited through R Data Serialization files or R packages, which are often shared between developers and data scientists. An attacker can create malicious RDS files or R packages containing embedded arbitrary R code that executes on the victim's target device upon interaction. R addresses the vulnerability starting from version 4.4.0.

Vulnerability in R Programming language

A vulnerability, CVE-2024-27322, in the R programming language that affects the serialization and deserialization process in the R programming language prior to version 4.4.0 is discovered. This vulnerability can be exploited through R Data Serialization (RDS) files or R packages, which are often shared between developers and data scientists. R addresses the vulnerability starting from version 4.4.0. We have installed R 4.4.0 on all clusters and recommend using R/4.4.0. Please limit package use to trusted sources.

HOWTO: Use 'rclone' to Upload Data from Google Drive

rclone is a tool that can be used to upload and download files to a cloud storage (like Microsoft OneDrive, BuckeyeBox) from the command line. It's shipped as a standalone binary, but requires some user configuration before using. In this page, we will provide instructions on how to use rclone to upload data from Google Drive. For instructions with other cloud storage, check rclone Online documentation.

System Downtime May 7 2024

A downtime for OSC HPC systems is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 7 2024. The downtime will affect the Pitzer, Owens and Ascend Clusters, web portals, and HPC file servers. The state-wide licenses and MyOSC (the client portal) 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., May 7. 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.

Phishing Alert

OSC has been made aware that our website(www.osc.edu) has been scraped and replicated. As a friendly reminder please pay attention to URL addresses you access and OSC will never reach out asking you directly for username/passwords or to log in on websites outside of my.osc.edu or ondemand.osc.edu. Please reach out to oschelp@osc.edu or security@osc.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

Slurm to be Upgraded to Version 23.11.4

OSC is preparing to update Slurm on its production systems to version 23.11.4 in preparation for the deployment of the new Cardinal cluster. This version of Slurm has a number of improvements, but it also has a known regression in behavior where if a job requests both a total number of tasks (--ntasks=N) and a number of tasks per node (--ntasks-per-node=n), the number of tasks per node takes precedence. OSC users are strongly encouraged to review their job scripts for jobs that request both --ntasks and --ntasks-per-node. Jobs should request either --ntasks or --ntasks-per-node, not both.

Submission deadline for OSC Research Symposium is March 9

We invite you to submit a presentation to the OSC Research Symposium, a new opportunity for members of the research computing community to share and discuss their work. The deadline for submissions is March 9. The event, which will be held on Tuesday, April 9, will feature posters, flash talks, birds of a feather sessions and OSC-facilitated breakout sessions. Please visit https://www.osc.edu/supercomputing/sug to learn more about contributing to the Research Symposium.

Slurm database repair on 01/25/2024

We have scheduled a Slurm database repair, which is planned to start at 8:30 am US/Eastern on Thursday, January 25, 2024. During the repair, Slurm database will be offline; running jobs and OnDemand jobs will not be affected; any jobs using the '--clusters/-M' flag will receive errors; commands including sacct will be unavailable. The anticipated duration of the outage is expected to be up to 2 hours.

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