First, after years of service to the University and the Department of Biostatistics, Andrea Kapitan has fled to a warmer climate. Please send questions and requests about the departmental web site to firstname.lastname@example.org rather than to her email address.
The default Python, /s/bin/python, has been updated to 2.7.9. All the usual scientific libraries have been upgraded along with it.
The print server is currently refusing to boot. We're looking into this now (10:30am).
Printing is back (11:04am).
In June, DoIT will start their big push to move remaining email users (mostly faculty and staff) from the old email system to Office 365.
Though we are not yet ready to move the department to Office 365, we would like to let everyone know where we are in the process and to give you some things to think about in anticipation of this change.
The goal of campus is to have everyone consolidate their various email addresses into one. Though it will still be possible to have more than one email address, at the moment consolidation is the simplest option.
One of our file servers is exhibiting very odd network behavior, which makes some machines unable to talk to it.
Mostly this has affected /z/Comp and computational disk space. But the slow-down has caused some other services to slow down as a result, too. In particular the departmental web server may be a bit sluggish.
We have a workaround in place which may result in generally slower access to that server. We will leave that slower configuration in place until we can identify the cause of the more severe networking problem.
Version 13 of Stata, regular and special edition, are now available on the Linux machines.
- stata - command line basic Stata
- xstata - basic Stata with a graphical interface
- stata-se - command line "special edition" Stata
- xstata-se - "special edition" Stata with a graphical interface
The /s/bin/python version 2.7.6 has recently been upgraded with some libraries:
- iPython - an interactive notebook interface to Python; using ipython notebook will open a browser window, giving enhanced graphical capabilities. The most important note: use SHIFT-RETURN to send a python command to the interpreter.
- PyFST, an interface to the OpenFST weighted finite-state transducers library.
Campus electricians have scheduled a 3 hour electrical power outage of
the SMI and 420 N. Charter addresses, for Tuesday, October 21st, 2014,
from 4:00 am to 7:00 am. The transformers and switchgear will be taken
offline for cleaning. This outage has the potential to affect any
network switches at MSC during the outage window. If the outage takes
less time than the allotted 3 hours, the building(s) will be energized
The hospital physical plant has scheduled a power outage in CSC H6/5 this weekend. First, there will be a 1-minute outage at 10:00PM Saturday night (10/11), then another 1-minute outage sometime between 5:00AM and 6:00AM Sunday morning (10/12).
If you do not have a UPS battery backup for your computer, it will go down. Before you leave today, it would be good to shut down your computer. It's better for a computer to be shut down nicely by you than to suddenly lose power and go down the hard way.
What: All Biostat compute, file serving, and BCG condor resources
When: Sunday Oct 4, from 9pm to 10pm
Summary: The BCG requires an outage to all biostat file servers in order to apply patches to improve stability. Home directories and project/computational spaces will all be affected. The file servers for biostat will be unavailable Sunday Oct 4th starting at 9pm for a period of one hour.
If critical compute jobs need to be running during this outage please contact us ASAP.