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As part of Computer Science Education Week, several Fermilab employees participated in Hour of Code, a global initiative to bring coding activities and role models to local schools to demystify computer programming and science. The lab partnered once again with Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago to send its staff to visit elementary, middle and high schools. Participants spoke about their careers and assisted students with coding exercises led by their teachers.

From HostingAdvice.com, Dec. 14, 2018: Fermilab scientist Marc Paterno is quoted in this article on how Fermilab raising the bar on innovative and cost-effective computing solutions that help researchers explore high-energy physics. As a repository for massive sets of scientific data, Fermilab is at the forefront of new computing approaches, including HEPCloud, a paradigm for provisioning computing resources.

Due to an upcoming experiment review, this work will need to be postponed. We will update this message once a new date and time for the maintenance has been determined. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The original message is included below for your reference. ==================== WHAT ARE WE DOING? To perform a FermiPoint maintenance, an extended FermiPoint downtime will be required.  This downtime will occur from 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 to noon on Sunday, Dec…. More »

On Dec. 2, 1988, a brand-new building was added to the Fermilab campus: the Feynman Computing Center. Its dedication coincided with the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the National Accelerator Laboratory, which was celebrated with a full slate of activities, including speeches, visits from consul generals, politicians and other officials, and a celebration in the atrium.

WHAT ARE WE DOING? To perform a FermiPoint maintenance, an extended FermiPoint downtime will be required.  This downtime will occur from 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 to noon on Sunday, Dec. 16 (note the extended end time). WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? During this time, all FermiPoint sites will be unavailable. This includes the following applications, which are hosted in FermiPoint: Conference Travel Database Fermilab Library Catalogue (Libcat) Fermilab Travel System Indico Meetings Application License Assignment Application TSW… More »

Everyone who uses a computer, especially a laptop, should periodically check the safety, integrity and charge rate of their computer batteries. Please take a moment today to examine the battery in your computer for the following: Safety and integrity Charge level Here are the steps you can take for each: Safety and integrity This is by far the most important thing to check with regards to your computer batteries. Looking at the underside of your device, examine the outside casing… More »

Multifactor authentication has been in use at Fermilab for more than two years for a very limited group of employees. However, due to increased cybersecurity risks to our lab data, this will soon change. Currently, individuals who need access to our sensitive financial, HR and security systems use MFA. Over the next several months, we will be taking steps to expand MFA, most notably, to include VPN access.

WHAT ARE WE DOING? To perform a FermiPoint maintenance, a 24-hour FermiPoint downtime will be required. This downtime will occur from 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? During this time, all FermiPoint sites will be unavailable. This includes the following applications, which are hosted in FermiPoint: Conference Travel Database Fermilab Library Catalogue (Libcat) Fermilab Travel System Indico Meetings Application License Assignment Application TSW ORC Tool WHAT DO… More »

Computing has released macOS Mojave v10.14 after a thorough evaluation. This upgrade is not mandatory. It may take 30 minutes or more to upgrade your machine depending on hardware and network conditions. If you wish to upgrade to macOS Mojave 10.14, please do either of the following: Submit a Service Desk request at https://fermi.service-now.com/fsc to have support staff evaluate your computer to determine whether the hardware will support the upgrade and, if so, to perform the upgrade. Perform the upgrade yourself… More »

The site VPN system will be migrated to use multi-factor authentication, which will require using RSA or YubiKey tokens. The migration is tentatively scheduled to begin by January 2019. WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? The first step for the migration is for VPN users to load the Fermilab Root CAcertificate and configure it to be trusted for SSL connections.  This step will not affect the way you are using the current VPN system. You can continue using the current VPN system as… More »