Week of
Mon, Mar 4

  • Upcoming Tier-3 Changes (Monday 11 March)    3/6/2019
    Wed Mar 6 10:26:31 EST 2019

    This item has been posted to bnl-shared-tier3-l@lists.bnl.gov

    Next Monday there will be some minor user-facing changes to the Tier-3. We will be migrating into the SDCC shared pool, which means your jobs will have access to many more resources (upwards of 25,000 CPU cores). The pool is configured with partitionable slots, which means jobs can request as many CPUs and as much RAM as they need. The default request is 1.5Gb/core (use "request_memory" in your jobs to ask for different).

    Furthermore, accounting groups no longer need to be put in your jobs (in fact if you do they will be ignored). Condor will automatically classify you based on your institution. Running "whatgroup" will still show your institution. If you are new and haven't been assigned yet you will be classified into the "general" group and a warning will be printed.

    The documentation has been updated to reflect this -- see here:

    https://www.racf.bnl.gov/docs/sw/condor/newpolicy

    (some of the above does not apply to the tier-3, but much does)

    On the morning of March 11, we will disable submission for around an hour as these changes are implemented. I will send out one further announcement closer to that date. Any questions please send an RT ticket or a reply to the list if it is a question that may affect other users -- I will try to monitor the list more closely for now.

Week of
Mon, Feb 4

  • IPA Password Registration Deadline 2/15/19    2/7/2019
    Thu Feb 7 16:16:31 EST 2019

    This item has been posted to rhic-rcf-l@lists.bnl.gov, sdcc_users-l@lists.bnl.gov, bnl-shared-tier3-l@lists.bnl.gov

    As previously announced, on December 11, 2019, the SDCC/RACF migrated to a unified authentication system: IPA. Users who have not already registered a password in the IPA authentication system, must do so by February 15, 2019. On that day, the web and command line interfaces for registering an IPA password using your legacy SDCC/RACF K5 password will be disabled. Users who already have an IPA password registered will continue to be able to change it, if desired, using the standard tools (i.e. the "passwd" command on the gateways, or interactive hosts).

    Documentation on registering an IPA password is available here: https://www.racf.bnl.gov/docs/authentication/migration

    SDCC/RACF Staff

Week of
Mon, Jan 14

  • RCF mail server maintainence    1/17/2019
    Thu Jan 17 14:57:05 EST 2019

    This item has been posted to rhic-rcf-l@lists.bnl.gov

    Summary: The RCF mail server will be down for maintenance.

    Duration: 01/18/2019 - 10AM - 10:20AM EST time.

    Group Responsible: General services.

    Affected Area: RCF mail

    Expected User Impact: RCF mail server will be unavailable, users will not be able to retrieve mail.

    Maintenance Type: "Service Interruption" Submitted By: General Services , raot@bnl.gov

    Description: The RCF mail server will be unavailable due to maintenance. This includes IMAP/mail clients and roundcube/webmail.

  • TLS 1.0 & 1.1 support in RCF web & mail server.    1/15/2019
    Tue Jan 15 14:58:19 EST 2019

    This item has been posted to rhic-rcf-l@lists.bnl.gov

    Summary: TLS 1.0 & 1.1 support in all web servers and RCF mail service will be removed.

    Duration: 01/16/2019 - 11AM

    Group Responsible: General Services

    Affected Area: All RCF web servers and RCF mail service.

    Expected User Impact: Users still using Office 2010 will need to update to Office 2016 or use any modern IMAP client like Thunderbird.

    Maintenance Type: Transparent Submitted By: General Services , raot@bnl.gov

    Description: TLS 1.0 & 1.1 support in all web servers and RCF mail service will be removed. Office 2010 users will need to update to Office 2016 or use any modern IMAP client like Thunderbird.

Week of
Mon, Dec 10

  • HPSS is back online    12/11/2018
    Tue Dec 11 17:04:25 EST 2018

    This item has been posted to rhic-rcf-l@lists.bnl.gov

    HPSS is up and running.

  • Authentication Migration Status - rftpexp available    12/11/2018
    Tue Dec 11 16:15:03 EST 2018

    This item has been posted to rhic-rcf-l@lists.bnl.gov, sdcc_users-l@lists.bnl.gov, bnl-shared-tier3-l@lists.bnl.gov

    Following the IPA migration today, there was an authentication issue on the rftpexp servers. This has been resolved. Please report any further issues via RT.

    Earlier today, some of the IPA servers crashed. This affected access to RHIC SSH gateways and the RHIC processor farm between approximately 12:00 noon and 1:30 PM. The cause of the crash was identified, and addressed at 1:30 PM. Please report any issues accessing the SSH gateways or processor farm interactive systems via RT.

    RACF/SDCC Staff

Last Modified March 6, 2019
RACF Staff