This spring and summer are shaping up to be an exciting time at MCSR. We’re planning a significant expansion of our computing facilities, simplifying the login and file storage processes, installing new research software, and more. You’ll be hearing more about each of these issues in the weeks to come.
One of these changes is the impending retirement of our Pentium Beowulf cluster, mimosa. Mimosa has now been in service for nearly ten years, and has served the Mississippi research community very well. However, we feel that this system has now aged to the point that it is no longer worth the ongoing investment of resources required to keep it running.
The tentative timeline for this retirement is early to mid summer. In the meantime, we’ll be working with researchers to prepare for the transition to our other servers. If you have software that is installed only on mimosa, for instance, we will help you get that software installed and running on sequoia. Similarly, we will assist with movement of data from mimosa to other servers as needed. Please do not hesitate to ask for any assistance you need.
It’s important to note that the final retirement date for mimosa will be timed to occur AFTER new resources procured this year come on line. Thus, at no time will there be fewer processors available to you to do your work than are available right now.
If you have any questions about this or any other issue, please do not hesitate to contact MCSR at firstname.lastname@example.org.