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[Users] NERSC Weekly Email, Week of May 18, 2020

Author: Rebecca Hartman-Baker <rjhartmanbaker_at_lbl.gov>
Date: 2020-05-18 16:11:29

# NERSC Weekly Email, Week of May 18, 2020 <a name="top"></a> # ## Contents ## - [Summary of Upcoming Events and Key Dates](#dates) ## [NERSC Status](#section1) ## - [Normal NERSC Operations Continue During Shelter-in-Place Period](#curtailment) ## [This Week's Events & Deadlines](#section2) ## - [Monthly Cori Maintenance on Wednesday](#corimaint) - [Register Now for Thursday's Online Hands-On Training on Variable-Time Jobs!](#vtjobstrain) ## [Updates at NERSC ](#section3) ## - [Planned Power Upgrade & Outage of NERSC Resources in Late June](#powerupgrade) - [Congratulations to the Newest NUGEX Members!](#nugex) - [Save the Date: NERSC User Group Annual Meeting Set for August 17](#nugmtg) - [Join the NERSC Users Slack Sponsored by NUG Today!](#slack) - [Share Your Research, Images, Movies, and Journal Covers with NERSC!](#share) ## [Upcoming Training Events ](#section4) ## - [Registration Open for ARM Debugging and Profiling Tools Tutorial on June 25](#armtools) - [Register Now for UPC++ Webinar on May 27](#upcpp) - [Registration Open for New User Training on June 10](#newusertrain) - [OpenACC Training Series Continues May 28](#openacc) - [CUDA Training Series Continues June 18](#cudatrain) ## [NERSC News ](#section5) ## - [No New "NERSC User News" Podcast this Week](#nopodcast) - [Come Work for NERSC!](#careers) - [Upcoming Outages](#outages) - [About this Email](#about) ## Summary of Upcoming Events and Key Dates <a name="dates"/></a> ## May 2020 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 *20**21* 22 23 20 May Cori Monthly Maintenance [1] 21 May Variable-time Jobs Training [2] 24 *25* 26 *27**28* 29 30 25 May Memorial Day [3] 27 May UPC++ Training [4] 28 May OpenACC Training part 2 [5] 31 June 2020 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 *10* 11 12 13 10 Jun New User Training [6] 14 15 16 17 *18* 19 20 20 Jun NVIDIA CUDA Training [7] 21 22 *23* 24 *25* 26 27 23 Jun OpenACC Training part 3 [5] 25 Jun ARM Tools Training [8] 28 29 30 July 2020 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 *3* 4 3 July Independence Day Holiday [9] 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 *15* 16 17 18 15 July Cori Monthly Maintenance [1] 19 20 *21* 22 23 24 25 21 July NVIDIA CUDA Training [7] 26 27 28 29 30 31 1. **May 20, 2020**: [Cori monthly maintenance](#corimaint) 2. **May 21, 2020**: [Variable-time Jobs training](#vtjobstrain) 3. **May 25, 2020**: Memorial Day Holiday (No Consulting or Account Support) 4. **May 27, 2020**: [ECP/ALCF UPC++ Training](#upcpp) 5. **May 28 and June 23, 2020**: [OpenACC Training](#openacc) 6. **June 10, 2020**: [NERSC New User Training](#newusertrain) 7. **June 18 and July 21, 2020**: [NVIDIA CUDA Training Series](#cudatrain) 8. **June 25, 2020**: [ARM Debugging/Profiling Tools Training](#armtools) 9. **July 3, 2020**: Independence Day Holiday (No Consulting or Account Support) 10. All times are **Pacific Time zone** - **Upcoming Planned Outage Dates** (see [Outages section](#outages) for more details) - **May 20, 2020**: Cori - **May 20, 2020**: ProjectA (retirement) - **May 20, 2020**: DTN (dependency on Cori Scratch) - **May 20, 2020**: Spin (brief software upgrade) - **Late June, 2020**: Sitewide Power Outage - **Other Significant Dates** - **Late June, 2020**: [NERSC Facility Power Upgrade/Outage](#powerupgrade) - **July 6-12, 2020**: [SciPy2020](https://www.scipy2020.scipy.org/) Conference - **July 7 & 13-15, 2020**: [GPU Hackathon](#gpuhackathon) - **August 17, 2020**: [NERSC User Group Meeting](#nugmtg) (save the date) - **September 7, 2020**: Labor Day Holiday (No Consulting or Account Support) - **November 26-27, 2020**: Thanksgiving Holiday (No Consulting or Account Support) - **December 24, 2020-January 1, 2021**: Christmas/New Year Holiday (Limited Consulting or Account Support) ([back to top](#top)) --- ## NERSC Status <a name="section1"/></a> ## ### Normal NERSC Operations Continue During Shelter-in-Place Period <a name="curtailment"/></a> Berkeley Lab, where NERSC is housed, is located in a city and county in California that remain under a Public Health Shelter-in-Place Order. Under this Order, only essential businesses may remain open. NERSC is considered an essential business due to its national importance, so we remain in operation, but with the majority of NERSC staff working remotely and only a skeleton crew onsite. During this period, you can expect regular online consulting and account support but no telephone support. Trainings will continue to be held online, or postponed if online is infeasible. Regular maintenances on the systems will continue to be performed while minimizing onsite staff presence, which could result in longer downtimes than would occur under normal circumstances. Because onsite staffing is so minimal, we request that you refrain from calling NERSC Operations except to report urgent system issues. ([back to top](#top)) --- ## This Week's Events & Deadlines <a name="section2"/></a> ## ### Monthly Cori Maintenance on Wednesday <a name="corimaint"/></a> NERSC generally performs a maintenance on the Cori system on the third Wednesday of each month. The May maintenance will occur this Wednesday, May 20. The May monthly maintenance includes a file system check on the Cori scratch file system and minor upgrades to drivers. Because of the file system check, we will begin the maintenance at 5 am Pacific time. A reservation is in place to prevent any jobs that would run past the beginning of the maintenance from starting. At that time, users will be logged out of the system and unable to access Cori or the Cori scratch file system for the duration of the maintenance. We expect to return the machines to users before 7 pm Pacific time. ### Register Now for Thursday's Online Hands-On Training on Variable-Time Jobs! <a name="vtjobstrain"/></a> NERSC will host a two-hour, online hands-on user training on variable-time jobs this Thursday, May 21, from 10:00 am to noon (Pacific time). The training begins with a 30-minute presentation, followed by a 90-minute hands-on session. Variable-time jobs can greatly improve queue turnaround by automatically exploiting opportunities for backfill in Slurm, allowing the job to start sooner than it would otherwise. Applications need to be capable of checkpoint/restart, either through application-level checkpointing or via external checkpointing tools (e.g., DMTCP). For more information and to register, please see: <https://www.nersc.gov/users/training/events/online-hands-on-user-training-on-variable-time-jobs-on-thursday-may-21-2020/>. ([back to top](#top)) --- ## Updates at NERSC <a name="section3"/></a> ## ### Planned Power Upgrade & Outage of NERSC Resources in Late June <a name="powerupgrade"/></a> To make the improvements required for Perlmutter, NERSC will take two machine room power outages this year. The first one, a full-weekend outage, is being scheduled for late June (the dates are being finalized this week). An additional, shorter, outage will be scheduled for September. These two outages are necessary prerequisites for the installation of Perlmutter, the first stage of which is expected to arrive at the end of the year. ### Congratulations to the Newest NUGEX Members! <a name="nugex"/></a> NUGEX (NERSC User Group Executive Committee) is the voice of the user community to NERSC and DOE, shaping and guiding important NERSC user policies. We'd like to welcome six new members to the NUGEX committee: - Sayan Ghosh, PNNL (ASCR) - Sarat Sreepathi, ORNL (ASCR) - Koichi Sakaguchi, PNNL (BER) - Matthew Horton, Berkeley Lab (BES) - Ramesh Balakrishnan, Argonne (BES) - John Wright, MIT (FES) Congratulations to these winners and thanks to all the candidates who participated. ### Save the Date: NERSC User Group Annual Meeting Set for August 17 <a name="nugmtg"/></a> Mark your calendars for the annual meeting of the NERSC User Group (NUG), which will be held online on Monday, August 17. More details on the schedule of events are forthcoming. ### Join the NERSC Users Slack Sponsored by NUG Today! <a name="slack"/></a> Are you interested in discussing NERSC happenings and issues with your fellow NERSC users? Do you want to get or give some advice from a user perspective about something in your workflow? If so, please join the NERSC Users Slack workspace. For more information and a link to join, please see <https://www.nersc.gov/users/NUG/nersc-users-slack/> (login required). **Please note that this Slack workspace is not an official NERSC staff-supported platform.** While NERSC staff may sometimes join the NERSC Users Slack, the best way to reach NERSC is still through the online help desk at <https://help.nersc.gov>. ### Share Your Research, Images, Movies, and Journal Covers with NERSC! <a name="share"/></a> NERSC is always looking for stories, images, movies, and journal cover stories related to research conducted at NERSC. Please tell us about your research using the [NERSC Science Highlights Submission Form](https://www.nersc.gov/science/science-highlight-submit/) and we could feature your work in our [news stories](https://www.nersc.gov/news-publications/nersc-news/science-news/), [science highlight presentations](https://www.nersc.gov/science/science-highlights-presentations/), and/or other NERSC presentations and reports. ([back to top](#top)) --- ## Upcoming Training Events <a name="section4"/></a> ## ### Registration Open for ARM Debugging and Profiling Tools Tutorial on June 25 <a name="armtools"/></a> Registration is now open for the ARM Debugging and Profiling Tools (DDT, MAP and Performance Reports) Tutorial that will be held on Thursday, June 25. Attendees will learn how to efficiently use these popular GUI parallel debugging and profiling tools on Cori to analyze and improve the functionality and performance of their codes. The training will be presented online only, using Zoom technology. The agenda has now been announced. Please see <https://www.nersc.gov/users/training/events/arm-debugging-and-profiling-tools-tutorial-june-25-2020/> for the agenda and to register. ### Register Now for UPC++ Webinar on May 27 <a name="upcpp"/></a> UPC++ is a C++11 library providing classes and functions that support Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) programming. UPC++ provides mechanisms for low-overhead one-sided communication, moving computation to data through remote-procedure calls, and expressing dependencies between asynchronous computations and data movement. It is particularly well-suited for implementing elaborate distributed data structures where communication is irregular or fine-grained. The UPC++ interfaces are designed to be composable and similar to those used in conventional C++. The UPC++ programmer can expect communication to run at close to hardware speeds. In this webinar, hosted by DOE's Exascale Computing Project and the ALCF, we will introduce basic concepts and advanced optimization techniques of UPC++. We will discuss the UPC++ memory and execution models and walk through basic algorithm implementations. We will also look at irregular applications and show how they can take advantage of UPC++ features to optimize their performance. This training will be held on May 27 from 9 am to noon Pacific. The training is free but registration is required. For more information and to register, please see <https://www.exascaleproject.org/event/alcf-ecp-upc-webinar/>. ### Registration Open for New User Training on June 10 <a name="newusertrain"/></a> Registration is now open for the NERSC New User Training that will be held online on Wednesday, June 10. The purpose of the training is to provide users new to NERSC with the basics on our computational systems; accounts and allocations; programming environment, tools, and best practices; and data ecosystem. **The training will be presented online only**, using Zoom technology. Please see <https://www.nersc.gov/users/training/events/new-user-training-june-10-2020/> for the agenda and to register. ### OpenACC Training Series Continues May 28 <a name="openacc"/></a> OpenACC is a directive-based approach to parallel programming for heterogeneous architectures, where developers specify regions of code (written in C, C++, or Fortran) to be offloaded from a host CPU to a GPU. This approach is meant to reduce the amount of programming effort required of developers relative to low-level models, such as CUDA. NVIDIA will present a [3-part OpenACC training series](https://www.olcf.ornl.gov/openacc-training-series/) intended to help new and existing GPU programmers learn to use the OpenACC API. Each part will include a one-hour presentation and example exercises. The exercises are meant to reinforce the material from the presentation and can be completed during a one-hour hands-on session following each lecture (via teleconference) or on your own. **All training sessions will be online only.** The May training covers data management in OpenACC. For more information and to register, please see <https://www.nersc.gov/users/training/events/openacc-data-management-part-2-of-3-openacc-training-series-may-28-2020/>. Remaining in the series: - [Loop Optimizations with OpenACC (June 23)](https://www.nersc.gov/users/training/events/loop-optimizations-with-openacc-part-3-of-3-openacc-training-series-june-23-2020/) Previously held sessions: - [Introduction to OpenACC (April 17)](https://www.nersc.gov/users/training/events/introduction-to-openacc-part-1-of-3-openacc-training-series-april-17-2020/) ### CUDA Training Series Continues June 18 <a name="cudatrain"/></a> NVIDIA is presenting a 9-part CUDA training series intended to help new and existing GPU programmers understand the main concepts of the CUDA platform and its programming model. Each part will include a 1-hour presentation and example exercises. The exercises are meant to reinforce the material from the presentation and can be completed during a 1-hour hands-on session following each lecture via teleconference or on your own. **These events are being held exclusively online.** The sixth training in the series covers CUDA managed memory. The system can automatically migrate data between the host and device as necessary. Learn how to allocate managed memory, as well as how to use it to store data structures that might otherwise be difficult to manage manually in a heterogeneous system. Following the presentation will be a hands-on session where participants can complete example exercises meant to reinforce the presented concepts. For more information please see <https://www.nersc.gov/users/training/events/managed-memory-part-6-of-9-cuda-training-series-june-18-2020/> Other scheduled dates in the series: - July 21: 7. [CUDA Concurrency](https://www.nersc.gov/users/training/events/cuda-concurrency-part-7-of-9-cuda-training-series-july-21-2020/) ([back to top](#top)) --- ## NERSC News <a name="section5"/></a> ## ### No New "NERSC User News" Podcast this Week <a name="nopodcast"/></a> There will be no new episode of the "NERSC User News" podcast this week due to the new fortnightly production schedule. We encourage you to instead enjoy some of our most recent episodes and greatest hits: - [RAPIDS](https://anchor.fm/nersc-news/episodes/The-RAPIDS-Library-Nick-Becker-Interview-eb0h5a) In this interview with NVIDIA RAPIDS senior engineer Nick Becker, learn about the RAPIDS library, how it can accelerate your data science, and how to use it. - [IO Middleware](https://anchor.fm/nersc-news/episodes/IO-Middleware-Quincey-Koziol-Interview-eaf5r3/a-a1c7plt) NERSC Principal Data Architect Quincey Koziol talks about IO Middleware: what it is, how you can benefit from using it in your code, and how it is evolving to support data-intensive computing and future supercomputing architectures. - [NERSC 2019 in Review and Looking Forward](https://anchor.fm/nersc-news/episodes/NERSC-2019-in-Review-and-Looking-Forward--Sudip-Dosanjh-Interview-ea5d5t/a-a1a6cpd) NERSC director Sudip Dosanjh reflects upon the accomplishments of NERSC and its users in 2019, and what he's looking forward to in 2020 at NERSC. - [Community File System](https://anchor.fm/nersc-news/episodes/Community-File-System-Kristy-Kallback-Rose--Greg-Butler--and-Ravi-Cheema-Interview-e9d88q/a-a149hf5) NERSC Storage System Group staff Kristy Kallback-Rose, Greg Butler, and Ravi Cheema talk about the new Community File System and the migration timeline. - [Monitoring System Performance](https://anchor.fm/nersc-news/episodes/Monitoring-System-Performance-Eric-Roman-Interview-e5g20m/a-aobd6p) NERSC Computational Systems Group's Eric Roman discusses how NERSC monitors system performance, what we're doing with the data right now, and how we plan to use it in the future. - [The Superfacility Concept](https://anchor.fm/nersc-news/episodes/The-Superfacility-Concept-Debbie-Bard-Interview-e5a5th/a-amoglk): Join NERSC Data Science Engagement Group Lead Debbie Bard in a discussion about the concept of the superfacility: what it means, how facilities interact, and what NERSC and partner experimental facilities are doing to prepare for the future of data-intensive science. - [Optimizing I/O in Applications](https://anchor.fm/nersc-news/episodes/Optimizing-IO-in-Applications-Jialin-Liu-Interview-e50nvm): Listen to an I/O optimization success story in this interview with NERSC Data and Analytics Services Group's Jialin Liu. - [NESAP Postdocs](https://anchor.fm/nersc-news/episodes/NESAP-Postdocs--Laurie-Stephey-Interview-e2lsg0): Learn from NESAP postdoc Laurie Stephey what it's like working as a postdoc in the NESAP program at NERSC. The NERSC User News podcast, produced by the NERSC User Engagement Group, is available at <https://anchor.fm/nersc-news> and syndicated through iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and more. Please give it a listen and let us know what you think, via a ticket at <https://help.nersc.gov>. ### Come Work for NERSC! <a name="careers"/></a> NERSC currently has several openings for postdocs, system administrators, and more! If you are looking for new opportunities, please consider the following openings: - **NEW** [HPC Systems Cloud Engineer](https://jobs.lbl.gov/jobs/hpc-systems-cloud-engineer-2717): help architect, deploy, configure, maintain, and operate large-scale, leading-edge HPC systems of high complexity, to provide computational resources for scientists around the world, including COVID-19 researchers. - [HPC Storage Infrastructure Engineer](https://jobs.lbl.gov/jobs/hpc-storage-infrastructure-engineer-2697): Support and optimize hundreds of petabytes of parallel storage that is served to thousands of clients at terabytes per second. - [Software/DevOps/API Engineer](https://jobs.lbl.gov/jobs/software-devops-api-engineer-2611): Work on the system that tracks and manages resource usage and help build an API to automate the use of supercomputing resources. - [Storage Systems Group Leader](https://jobs.lbl.gov/jobs/storage-systems-group-leader-2596): Lead the group responsible for supporting NERSC's large-scale parallel file systems and archival storage systems with an eye towards balancing performance, stability, and usability for NERSC's over 7000 users. - [HPC Network Engineer](https://jobs.lbl.gov/jobs/hpc-network-engineer-2580): Be part of the team who shares in the design, implementation and on-going maintenance of NERSC's high performance networks. - [NESAP Engineer](https://jobs.lbl.gov/jobs/nesap-engineer-2476): Work as part of a multidisciplinary team composed of computational and domain scientists working together to produce mission-relevant science that pushes the limits of HPC in simulation, data, or learning. - [HPC Architecture and Performance Engineer](https://jobs.lbl.gov/jobs/hpc-architecture-and-performance-engineer-2427): Evaluate global technology trends and combine them with the needs of NERSC users with the goal of architecting the supercomputing ecosystem of the future. - [Application Performance Specialists (for ECP)](https://jobs.lbl.gov/jobs/application-performance-specialist-1010): Help prepare large-scale scientific codes for next-generation high performance computing (HPC) systems. - [NESAP for Simulations Postdoctoral Fellow](https://jobs.lbl.gov/jobs/nesap-for-simulations-postdoctoral-fellow-2004): work in multidisciplinary teams to transition simulation codes to NERSC's new Perlmutter supercomputer and produce mission-relevant science that truly pushes the limits of high-end computing. - [NESAP for Data Postdoctoral Fellow](https://jobs.lbl.gov/jobs/nesap-for-data-postdoctoral-fellow-2412) work in multidisciplinary teams to transition data-analysis codes to NERSC's new Perlmutter supercomputer and produce mission-relevant science that truly pushes the limits of high-end computing. - [NESAP for Learning Postdoctoral Fellow](https://jobs.lbl.gov/jobs/nesap-for-learning-postdoctoral-fellow-1964): work in multidisciplinary teams to develop and implement cutting-edge machine learning/deep learning solutions in codes that will run on NERSC's new Perlmutter supercomputer and produce mission-relevant science that truly pushes the limits of high-end computing. (**Note:** We have received reports that the URLs for the jobs change without notice, so if you encounter a page indicating that a job is closed or not found, please check by navigating to <https://jobs.lbl.gov/>, scrolling down to the 9th picture that says "All Jobs" and clicking on that. Then, under "Business," select "View More" and scroll down until you find the checkbox for "NE-NERSC" and select it.) We know that NERSC users can make great NERSC employees! We look forward to seeing your application. ### Upcoming Outages <a name="outages"/></a> - **Cori** - 05/20/20 5:00-19:00 PDT, Scheduled Maintenance *ExVivo and CGPU resources will also be unavailable during this maintenance.* - **ProjectA** - 05/20/20 5:00-5:00 PDT, Retired *ProjectA has been retired all data has been copied to CFS* - **DTN** - 05/20/20 5:00-19:00 PDT, Scheduled Maintenance */global/cscratch1 will not be available until cori maintenance is completed.* - **Spin** - 05/20/20 9:00-13:00 PDT, Scheduled Maintenance *Services will be down briefly (1-2 min) within the window for upgrades to system software.* Visit <http://my.nersc.gov/> for latest status and outage information. ### About this Email <a name="about"/></a> You are receiving this email because you are the owner of an active account at NERSC. This mailing list is automatically populated with the email addresses associated with active NERSC accounts. 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