computing

WHAT ARE WE DOING? Computing will be upgrading the operating system of the ClearPass authentication servers to improve security and features. These servers are used to authenticate VPN and Eduroam users. WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? Wednesday, May 22; 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? This upgrade is expected to be transparent to users, since there are multiple ClearPass authentication servers and they will be upgraded one at a time. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?… More »

Important information for all Zoom users: • Instructions on how to use the Zoom video conferencing service https://fermi.service-now.com/wp?id=kb_article&sys_id=KB0012309 • Instructions on how to use Fermilab’s video conferencing equipment https://fermi.service-now.com/wp?id=kb_article&sys_id=KB0011106 • Requesting Support/Training – Submit a Service Desk Ticket o For room training prior to the meeting. In-room support for the entire meeting duration is not available. o For issues during your meeting. Immediate response may not be possible due to other Service Desk obligations. If you have any questions, please… More »

WHAT ARE WE DOING? Modifying most ES&H and Quality web pages on www-esh.fnal.gov (iTrack, TRAIN, CAIRS, etc.) to require a Services username and password. There are some exceptions such as online training. WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? Friday, May 17; 10 a.m. Central Time WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? If you attempt to access a web page that is not on the exceptions list, your browser will automatically redirect to a page requiring a Services username/password. WHAT DO YOU NEED… More »

WHAT ARE WE DOING? Computing will be upgrading one of the five on-site Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers, namely NSNTP2. WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? Thursday, May 23; 10 a.m. to noon WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? There should be no impact to computers properly configured for multiple NTP servers, since they will automatically use one of the other four NTP servers (NSNTP1, NSNTP3, NSNTP4 and NSNTP5) to retrieve time information. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? You do not… More »

WHAT ARE WE DOING? In order to perform electrical maintenance, a power outage has been scheduled for the Grid Computing Center (GCC) on Tuesday, May 21. This power outage will affect GCC Computer Room B, Computer Room C, and Network Room B. WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? Tuesday, May 21; 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central Time WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? • During the maintenance window stated above, there will be no power in GCC Computer Room B, Computer Room… More »

WHAT ARE WE DOING? Computing will be enabling security updates for Mac computers running macOS Mojave v10.14, High Sierra v10.13 and Sierra v10.12. For additional information about macOS updates, please see https://fermi.service-now.com/kb_view_customer.do?sysparm_article=KB0011722 WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? Monday, May 20 WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? Alerts announcing the availability of the security updates for manual installation will appear on your screen. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? • Proceed with the installation when the alert appears on your screen. •… More »

WHAT ARE WE DOING? Computing will be upgrading the SAM station application used by the MINERvA, Mu2e, LArIAT, Muon g-2 and NOvA experiments. The SAM station is used by batch jobs to access their input data. WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? Wednesday, May 15; 9 a.m. – noon Central Time WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? Batch jobs for MINERvA, Mu2e, LArIAT, Muon g-2 and NOvA that are running prior to the upgrade may not work correctly afterwards and will need… More »

WHAT ARE WE DOING? There is a planned downtime scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, which will affect a large number of systems. We will perform kernel updates and reboot many of these systems, primarily interactive systems and some database servers. The full list of affected systems is included at the end of this notification. WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? Wednesday, May 15; between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? During this time, all systems receiving kernel… More »

From HPCWire, May 7, 2019: Fermilab scientist Andreas Kronfeld is quoted in this article that follows up on Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s announcement of plans to build the $600 million, 1.5 exaflops Frontier supercomputer.

The OSG certificate authority (CA) stopped providing services last May. If you are still using your OSG CA personal certificate, please remember that all certificates will expire by May 31, 2019. In this case, you can obtain a personal certificate from the CILogon Basic CA by following the instructions in this article.