Advice: Flashlite disruptions: 2016-05-24 from 08:00 to 18:00


The software for the FlashLite GPFS file systems will be upgraded on Tuesday 24 May in the time window between 8am and 6pm. This has the potential to cause jobs running during this window to crash.

The purpose of this upgrade is to bring the file system software is at the latest supported release. This will also enable additional GPFS (Spectrum Scale) functionality to support enhanced staging of research data between FlashLite and QRISdata research storage and other research computing and instrument platforms in the future.

Flashlite queues will be monitored and turned off (jobs are not starting) closer to the start of the window until after the GPFS work has been completed.

( Note : 2016-05-20 - We received this clarification from the vendor engineer: "The outage will require a unmount of the GPFS file system on each client [i.e. each Flashlite compute node ]. Because of that every job on Flashlight will be killed.")

QRIScloud Support will send a notification confirming the work has been completed.

If you have any specific questions, please contact QRIScloud Support.

UPDATE: 2016-05-25 08:50 - The upgrade work was supposedly completed at 17:30 yesterday, but Flashlite login nodes are not reachable this morning.

UPDATE: 2016-05-25 11:00 - The Flashlite login nodes are now working.

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