Caliburn and ELF are Available Again + Shift to Open-Access
Caliburn and ELF are accessible again. The cooling system in the data center has been returned to service and it’s keeping the environment there stable.
As noted earlier, the JAN-JUN 2021 allocation period for Caliburn ended on June 30. There will not be another allocation period because support agreements for Caliburn’s and ELF’s infrastructure have ended, continuation funding is not available, and the hardware vendors have declined to further extend their support or warranty coverage. Valuable data should be removed from the Caliburn/ELF environment immediately because data stored there are not backed-up.
We want to researchers make the most of any compute resources we have to offer, so Caliburn and ELF will remain available for open-access use as long as we can keep those systems operational without support. With an open-access configuration, any NJ-based researchers may gain access and there will be no dedicated compute or storage allocations. Ongoing use of Caliburn and ELF must be done “at your own risk” because the storage systems are not backed-up, the infrastructure and software are no longer supported, and a hardware failure could end access to those systems at any time. We hope to keep these systems operational for a few months.
Again, I strongly recommend exploring alternative compute and storage resources for your research. For Rutgers researchers, Amarel may be a good alternative. For both Rutgers and non-Rutgers researchers, the scale and diversity of XSEDE compute resources or commercial cloud resources may be good alternatives. The support team at OARC can help with assessment of, and access to, all of those systems.
Please let me know if you have questions.
Galen Collier, PhD
Director, Research Support
Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC)