Newsletter - NVIDIA Melbourne conference, M3 and outage

Welcome to this newsletter of the MASSIVE project.

GPU Technology Conference (GTCx) Melbourne

GPU Technology Conference (GTCx) Australia 2016 will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday 4th to Wednesday 5th October 2016. "Presented by NVIDIA, the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) is the world's most important event series for GPU developers. GTCx Australia is a regional extension of GTC".

"The first day includes a mixture of keynotes and speakers across a range of topics, from deep learning and AI to virtual reality, and high-performance computing. The second day focuses on hands-on lab training".

Early Bird registrations close on Monday 29th August 2016, for either the Conference (only) or Conference with Hands-on Labs. Register with the following code to receive a 30% discount on your ticket: SGTCXMON. Research poster submissions close on Friday 9th September 2016. See for further information.

M1 Scheduled Upgrade and Outage

We have a one week scheduled outage for M1 (Australian Synchrotron) next week: 8am Monday 29th August to 5pm Monday 5th September 2016.

The outage is to implement an important file system upgrade in both firmware and software. This requires the file system /gpfs/M1Home and /gpfs/M1Scratch to be unmounted for a few days.

The upgrade will achieve greater stability and performance in the following ways:

  • Far greater stability through configuration changes (e.g. by removing cross mounts between M1 and M2 clusters);
  • Fixes to many known issues;
  • Improved performance, especially related to managing large and small files;
  • The ability for the MASSIVE HPC team to continually monitor system performance in more detail; and
  • The ability for the MASSIVE HPC team to undertake more maintenance tasks without impacting running jobs.

Please see our website for more information or email us at if you have any questions or concerns.

M3 Update

We are pleased to advise that the new M3 system is now operational. We are moving users across in a staged manner by invitation for the time being as we stabilise the system and install a comprehensive application stack.


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