Project updates


MSI February 4, 2015 Maintenance

posted Feb 2, 2015, 11:25 AM by Thomas McGowan   [ updated Feb 2, 2015, 11:25 AM ]

On Wednesday, February 4, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems.

During this maintenance period, we will be performing the following updates:
• Network upgrades (4:00 am - 5:30 am)
• Upgrades to the Citrix system
• Cascade system software upgrades and moab/torque upgrades
• MSI-wide system reboot for new system kernel patches

Systems status is always available on our Status page.

If you have any questions, please email help@msi.umn.edu.

MSI December 3 2014 Maintenance

posted Dec 1, 2014, 1:31 PM by Thomas McGowan

Apologies for the late announcement due to the holidays.   

On Wednesday 3 December 2014, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI Staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. 

During this maintenance period, MSI will be performing the following updates:

   * Lab Queue and Workstation Panasas Client Updates (briefly affecting login nodes most DB hosting machines, galaxy and login nodes) 
   * Lab Queue Moab and Torque Updates
   * Launch of MSI's global scratch system via Panasas  (28 days deletion policy and existing scratch systems will be seamlessly replaced except the lustre scratch system on itasca)
   * Network Media Changes (briefly affecting connectivity)

Systems status is always available on our Status page:


If you have any questions, please email help@msi.umn.edu.

MSI November 5 Maintenance

posted Nov 4, 2014, 7:27 AM by Thomas McGowan

On Wednesday 5 November 2014, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI Staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. 

During this maintenance period, we will merge our new Panasas Acquisition with the existing Panasas System which will add an additional 1 PB to the storage system and we will launch a global scratch with 400 TB of space and a 30-day purge policy.   The merging will include a software upgrade to the existing system and will result in a system-wide outage lasting several hours.    

MSI will be performing the following updates:

   * Network updates and reconfiguration (briefly affecting external connectivity) 
   * Panasas filesystem software will be updated
   * New Panasas storage will be merged with existing
   * Itasca IB core switches to be reset
   * XenServer updates and reboot
   * TINT and IDBS servers to be migrated

Please note that in addition to the maintenance work the SDVL labs (575 and 585 Walter) will be shutdown Wednesday for electrical work and will re-open on Thursday with limited capacity. 

Systems status is always available on our Status page:


If you have any questions, please email help@msi.umn.edu.

MSI October 1 Maintenance

posted Sep 29, 2014, 6:59 AM by Thomas McGowan   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 7:00 AM ]

On Wednesday 1 October 2014, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI Staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. 

During this maintenance period, we will be performing the following updates:

   * Itasca will undergo extensive updates and reconfiguration--we expect the work to last into the afternoon of 1 October 
   * Network testing and reconfiguration (affecting external connectivity) 
   * Panasas filesystem software will be updated 
   * Remote Xen desktops will be unavailable 
   * CEPH S3 storage system will be unavailable for relocation 
   * Elmod system will be updated and rebooted 

 Systems status is always available on our Status page:

MSI August 20 Maintenance

posted Aug 19, 2014, 7:41 AM by Thomas McGowan

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, from 4:00am to 5:00pm, MSI systems will be part of a construction downtime and MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. The construction will be simultaneously mechanical and electrical work. The electrical work will require all MSI systems to be powered-off and unavailable during this period. Some key systems will remain online during the process but user (ssh) access to key systems will not be allowed until the electrical work is complete. The mechanical work will affect only the Itasca system and is expected to last until 5:00pm on August 20 and may be extended should any issues arise.

In addition to the site-wide outage, we will be performing the following updates:
• New resource manager versions for lab queue and Galaxy systems
• All infrastructure Linux systems will be updated and rebooted
• NICE drivers will be upgraded
• Network hardware will be replaced affecting all external network connections

Due to this late August downtime, we will skip the September downtime and our next scheduled maintenance will be on October 1.

MSI August Maintenance

posted Aug 6, 2014, 7:31 AM by Thomas McGowan

Due to utility construction in the MSI data center, the monthly maintenance day for August will be held on August 20. Because of this late date, there will be no downtime for September. After the August maintenance day, the next scheduled downtime will be on October 1.

Details about the August maintenance downtime will be sent out on August 15.

MSI July Maintenance

posted Jul 1, 2014, 7:11 AM by Thomas McGowan   [ updated Jul 1, 2014, 7:13 AM ]

On Wednesday 2 June 2014, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI Staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. 

During this maintenance period, we will be performing the following updates:

   * The MSI central filesystem, Panasas, will be upgraded to the latest software version.  Clients may experience long IO waits during the upgrade and most MSI resources will be unavailable during this period.
   * MSI will be moving and patching our SU accounting server (a pause in scheduling will be in place on all MSI SU accounted systems)
   * NX, the no-machine server, will be upgraded to the latest version.
   * The Calhoun system will be retired to comply with the B40 construction schedule which will prepare the space for a new HPC system.
   * Portions of the MSI lab queue will be unavailable for several days following the downtime as the physical systems are moved to a new space.

 Systems status is always available on our Status page:

Galaxy update to release 2014.06.02

posted Jun 9, 2014, 2:30 PM by James Johnson

Galaxy was updated to release 2014.06.02 this morning.   
Details are documented at:

Jobs execution being suspended for system maintenance

posted May 6, 2014, 1:02 PM by James Johnson

The batch queues that galaxy uses to submit jobs will be updated on the Wednesday, May 7.   Any job that could run into the maintenance time are being held until the maintenance is completed.

Galaxy updated to release_2014.04.14

posted Apr 21, 2014, 10:23 AM by James Johnson

The MSI Galaxy server was updated to Galaxy release_2014.04.14  

Details are available at:  https://wiki.galaxyproject.org/DevNewsBriefs/2014_04_14

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