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Light PM on Minerva/Orga Chimera/Hydra, from August 20th 8am to August 21st 8pm
A light PM from 8am August 20th to 8pm August 21st is scheduled for Minerva/Orga and Chimera/Hydra. During these 2 days we will work with IBM to add one of the Orga Flash storage building blocks to Hydra to increase the speed for processing metadata and small files.

During the light PM, all queues will be paused. The queues will continue to accept job submissions but new jobs will not be dispatched until after the PM. Running jobs will continue to run. Login nodes and file systems will remain accessible.

We’re happy to announce that we received a $2M award for the Big Omics Data Engine Supercomputer 2 (BODE2)!!

The final machine will consist of:
-3,840 24-core 2.9 GHz Cascade Lake 8268 processors in 80 nodes
-192 GB of memory per node
-240 GB of SSDs per node
-15 TB memory (collectively)
-11 petabytes of usable storage (14 PB raw, 1,008 total drives)

We are ordering the machine now, with installation expected in early October and production in November.

In preparation for BODE2, we will be decommissioning BODE on September 1.

Reduction in cost of Minerva Storage
As part of the Mount Sinai research community, one of our goals is to provide maximal value for our computational and data resources. As a result of our continuing efforts, we are happy to announce that we can pass along a 45% savings for Minerva storage in 2019.

Effective 1 January 2019, the cost of Minerva storage will be $107/TB/Yr ($8.92/TB/Mo). This has been approved by Compliance and Finance. Charges for Minerva storage for 2019 will be recalculated to reflect this change and we will be issuing invoices for 2019 shortly.

External user account renewal is required quarterly by PI
From this year, all external user account has to be renewed quarterly by the respective PI. This policy is enforced in order to be compliant with IT's security rules. The first renewal will be on May 6, 2019.
External accounts will be locked unless a renewal request is sent to by external users' PI. If you have an active external account, please contact your Sinai PI for the renewal.

Chimera is open to all user
The Chimera compute partition is open to all users on April 1, 2019.
Town Hall Slides:
Slides for training class “Introduction to Chimera”:
Minerva old partition will be retired on July 1st.

Chimera queue adjustments
Several minor changes are being made to the Chimera queues:
Normal queue has been expanded to 270 nodes and set as the default queue.
User-project association is now enforced on all queues and you will need a valid project (-p acc_xxx) for your job to run. Gold server is not being actively queried on Chimera to reduce job failures.
A default memory of 3G per processor core is enforced if no memory requirement is specified.

GPU node in Chimera partition
The interactive GPU node is accessible by:
$ bsub -q interactive -W 01:00 -n 1 -R v100 -R rusage[ngpus_excl_p=1] -Is /bin/bash
The GPU compute node is accessible by:
$ bsub -q gpu -n 1 -R rusage[ngpus_excl_p=1] -W 00:10 echo “Hello World”
$ bsub -q gpu -n 1 -R v100 -R rusage[ngpus_excl_p=1] -W 00:10 echo “Hello World”

TSM files expire in 2019
The TSM files that were archived in 2013 will expire in 2019. A reminder email will be sent to users 3 months ahead. There is no simple command to extend the file expiration date. If you would like to keep these files, you will need to retrieve them to disk and archive again. If you would like to query other users’ archived files, please send in a ticket.

Amazon AWS transfers from Minerva
If you are copying large amounts of data to or from Amazon AWS, then please keep an upper limit of 100MB/s via your AWS CLI configuration. Minerva is a shared environment and aggressive uploads from some processes is bound to throttle performance for everyone else.

We do not backup user data. It is the users' responsibility to ensure data is backed up in accordance with their funding agency or private organization requirements. Refer to "Preserving Data: Who’s Got Your Back(up)?" for helpful hints in developing your individual backup strategy.

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