PLANNED NETWORK OUTAGE: Tuesday, August 26 - (7pm-3am maintenance window)
August 14, 2014
NSIT/ITS will be upgrading the network switches at
Hinds on the 26th. There will be connection
interruptions at that time, but each switch
upgrade is expected to last less than an hour.
Please be prepared to expect NFS connections to
hang, and SSH and IMAP session disconnections.
All services should resume by the end of the
NEW MAIL SERVER!
May 3, 2014
We're up and running on our new JFI email server!
Send us any questions or comments, as sometimes we
will not notice bugs if no one tells us.
ALERT - MAIL SERVER DOWNTIME:
April 14, 2014
On Saturday, May 3rd, the JFI mail server will be
down for an extended period of time in order to
move to a new replacement server. Linux desktops
which mount the JFI mail server over NFS will need
to be rebooted afterward; other machines will
simply need to restart their email programs
(e.g. Thunderbird). No mail will be lost during
this transition, as we have a secondary mail
server that messages will be diverted to during
the downtime. We thank IT Services (NSIT) for
their assistance in this transition.
JIN WANG WINS COMPUTE SERVER NAMING CONTEST:
May 2, 2011
Jin Wang has won our contest to name a new 48-core
JFI/MRSEC computational server, which he has named
superabacus.uchicago.edu. See our winner's page
and preliminary information SGE documentation for
new users here. Sorry
about the time this news page has gone un-updated
-- it has been a very busy year.
NAGEL GROUP ACQUIRES
NEW COMPUTATIONAL SERVER:
August 24, 2010
Prof. Sid Nagel's physics group has recently
acquired a computational server taking advantage
of the recent availability of advanced processor
chips from AMD with 12 cores per chip, having a
total of 24 cores on the system for simulations in
BACKUP SERVICES UPGRADE COMPLETED:
August 24, 2010
After moving many terabytes of archived backup
data around between volumes, our new 43-terabyte
system is finally fully settled into its daily
usage pattern. (Actually, many of the more
important backups have been running daily for some
time now during the upgrades.) Feel free to use
the backups whenever you need them.
DRUPAL WEB PORTALS
May 2, 2010
The JFI web server
now offers Drupal sites to anyone affiliated with
the institute who is interested in hosting one.
Also, we are setting up test/development sites for
helping you to migrate to Drupal, which are
separate from your main current web space. (These
test sites are protected from search engines and
off-campus access.) Let us know if you want
NEW HEAD NODE
FOR FREED GROUP
April 22, 2010
Prof. Karl Freed's
group has just purchased a new head node for
The new system has six terabytes of storage and
will help relieve performance bottlenecks that
have been related to poor NFS performance. It
will also be part of an upcoming migration plan to
move the cluster entirely over to 64-bit. More to
come as we setup and install the new machine...