New Grid 2.5

August 11, 2018
Based on both research computing trends and recommendations from the HBS research computing environment assessment, Research Computing Services (RCS) has been working closely with HBS IT to make improvements to our local compute grid. We are happy to announce that we are planning to officially open the new, improved compute grid in the fall. Be on the lookout for more information as the opening transition approaches.
Presently we will begin deeper testing, and we welcome researchers who would like to help participate and meet certain usage criteria. ... Read more about New Grid 2.5

Grid Maintenance - July 2018

June 26, 2018

Dear Compute Grid User,

This is a reminder that the next monthly Compute Grid maintenance is scheduled for Monday, July 2nd, from 8am until 12pm.

How will this affect you?

· All sessions to the login nodes will be terminated, including terminal and NoMachine sessions

... Read more about Grid Maintenance - July 2018

Summer 2018 Software Renewals

June 11, 2018
Later this month you should receive emails from RCS regarding software renewal update instructions if you are an HBS/Harvard licensed user of MATLAB, Mathematica, and SAS. Please note that you may start to receive expiration notices when launching the software, which you can ignore; or you may be required to sign into your account with the software vendor to refresh or reactivate your license. We are working very closely with the vendors to expedite this update process as best as possible.

MATLAB users should be aware of exciting new features available in the latest R2018a release,... Read more about Summer 2018 Software Renewals

Graduation Offboarding Checklist

June 5, 2018

RCS would like to congratulate class of 2018 graduates! In preparation to leave HBS, we'd like to bring to your attention the following RCS-related departure checklist that may require action on your part before losing network access on June 30th.

  • HBS licenses – Have you removed HBS-issued research software?
... Read more about Graduation Offboarding Checklist

MariaDB Maintenance

May 30, 2018

Research Computing Services will be performing maintenance on the database server beginning Monday, June 18th. We expect to complete the work and have the server back on line by June 20th. We will contact you when the server is ready.

During the maintenance window, you will not be able to log on to the server or have access to your database(s).

In preparation for the maintenance, we will have all databases backed up by June 11th. Backup operations should not affect use of your database unless you are actively loading data. Please...

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Grid Maintenance - May 2018

May 3, 2018

Dear Research Grid User,

This is a reminder that the next monthly Grid maintenance is scheduled for Monday, May 7th, from 8am until 12pm. In addition to our usual maintenance routines, Maria DB will be shut down during this time.

How will this affect you?

· All sessions to the login...

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New Git LFS feature on the Grid

April 18, 2018
Large Files Support (LFS) is now available for Git on the Compute Grid
For those who use the version control tool Git, we are happy to announce the that Git LFS plugin (Large File System) is now available for use. This plugin allows you to store large files in your repo AND push them to remote hosts that supports LFS, like On, without LFS, warnings are given when pushing files larger than 50 MB, and blocked if larger than 100 MB. Pushed files are limited to 2 GB max.
For more information on Git LFS see... Read more about New Git LFS feature on the Grid

New password protocol for grid guest account users

March 29, 2018

Every year, HBS IT requires that users change their passwords for security protocol. As a guest of HBS, you will be getting the following email below once you hit the one year mark of using HBS resources. Please note that the procedure for changing your password is different from the instructions outlined below because you do not have access to the “myHBS” portal.

Instead, please follow this link to change your password:...

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