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Uachieve DB move

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THIS IS A SCHEDULED EVENT Mar 12, 17:00 - 22:00 EDT

Mar 12, 14:19 EDT
Scheduled - Moving the Uachieve DB off of old hardware onto new hardware - Uachieve application will be offline as a result

Production Applications Unavailable due to Planned Maintenance

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THIS IS A SCHEDULED EVENT Mar 2, 17:00 EST  -  Mar 3, 21:00 EST

Feb 27, 14:25 EST
Scheduled - On Saturday, March 2nd 5 pm through Sunday, March 3rd 9 pm the UITS Infrastructure team will be conducting scheduled maintenance in the UITS Production Data Center. Document Imaging, Shared Drives, and eTranscript will be unavailable and there may be periods of interruption to all production UMass Shared Services during this event, including the Secure Access Login Page, HR Direct, Finance, Summit, and Student (Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and UMass Medical) applications.

UMSO Email delay to UMass Medical School - Partial Outage

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Mar 1, 12:30 EST
Resolved - This incident has been resolved.

Mar 1, 11:07 EST
Identified - Please be advised that email messages sent to UMass Medical School (umassmed.edu) addresses from the President’s Office and from the PeopleSoft systems in the data center are not being delivered since approximately 5pm on Thursday, 2/28. The undelivered emails will be sent automatically when UMass Medical School resolves the issue.

Summit - Partial Outage

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Feb 28, 12:10 EST
Monitoring - Service now available. We have made a few more fixes and Summit is now operational. We will continue to monitor the application.

Feb 28, 10:39 EST
Investigating - Partial outage. Actively working as an issue. Summit users are again receiving errors when attempting to run reports. We are working this as a critical issue. Until the problem is resolved access to Summit will be intermittent.

Production Applications Unavailable due to Planned Maintenance

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THIS IS A SCHEDULED EVENT Feb 23, 17:00 EST  -  Feb 24, 09:00 EST

Feb 19, 15:14 EST
Scheduled - On Saturday, February 23, 5:00 PM until Sunday, February 24, 9:00 AM, production applications will be unavailable, including the Secure Access Login Page, HR Direct, Finance, BuyWays, Summit, Document Imaging, International Services, and Student and applicant systems for Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and the Medical School. Please plan accordingly.

Please contact your respective application manager if you have any questions.

Student Services Parent Partial Outage

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Feb 23, 15:53 EST
Resolved - Access to student services is restored. We will continue to closely monitor. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Feb 23, 14:46 EST
Investigating - Multiple student systems were intermittently unavailable between 2:15pm - 2:35pm . We are actively working to restore full access to Student Services Parent. An update will be provided as soon as the issue is resolved.

Student Services Outage

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Feb 22, 22:21 EST
Resolved - Student services have been restored. We will continue to closely monitor. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Feb 22, 21:22 EST
Update - We are continuing to investigate this issue.

Feb 22, 20:41 EST
Investigating - Multiple student systems are currently unavailable. We are actively investigating the issue. An update will be provided as soon as the issue is resolved.

Legal Files Partial Outage

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Feb 21, 11:24 EST
Investigating - There are reports that documents saved in the Legal Files application between Feb 11th 5 am to Feb 19th 12 pm are having an issue being retrieved. We are actively investigating this issue and will send an update as soon as we have further information to share. Other than this isolated document retrieval issue, Legal Files is currently stable and available for use.

UMSO Shared Drives Partial Outage

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Feb 11, 09:06 EST
Investigating - There are sporadic reports of a permission issue when trying to access or save to the shared drives. This includes what many commonly refer to as the H, O, P, or S drives. For those impacted, a reboot may help restore connectivity to the shared drives. We are actively troubleshooting.

Viewpoint: High-performance computing center is asset worth recognizing

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President of  Boston University and Chair of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center writing today in the Boston Business Journal.

By Robert Brown

Robert Brown is the president of Boston University and chair of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center.

Massachusetts is known the world over as a hub of scientific discovery and innovation. Each year, the commonwealth’s research enterprise attracts billions of dollars in funding, creating thousands of jobs while spinning out new products and companies. Less known, even within Massachusetts, is the role and importance of research computing — the massive computational infrastructure on which this research relies.

Research computing has become as essential to knowledge discovery as theory or real-world experiment. Today, virtually no breakthrough or advance — from health care to geophysics to urban planning — takes place without trillions of computations. Research computing is now a mainstay of the state’s innovation economy, as important as any single field or industry.

A decade ago, recognizing the importance of high-performance computing to both science and the economy, an unprecedented partnership among academia, state and local government, and the technology sector launched a world-class data center called the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC). In partnership with the commonwealth, the majority funding for construction and ongoing operations has come from the five founding universities — Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts system, along with essential support from industry partners Cisco and EMC, and the federal government.

As I begin my final year as chair of the MGHPCC board of directors, it is my hope that the value of research computing and the MGHPCC continue to be recognized and leveraged by policymakers and the business community as a key asset and partner in the state’s efforts to attract public and private research funding (for which competition is intense) and the economic benefits it brings.

The MGHPCC is used by tens of thousands of researchers who perform millions of virtual experiments every month in every field of scientific endeavor. Some examples:

BU assistant professor Jonathan Appavoo is working with Boston Children’s Hospital radiologist Ellen Grant on a project to deliver high-quality fetal scans to prospective parents in seconds rather than hours.

A team led by Harvard professor Brendan Meade is using neural networks to better predict earthquake aftershock locations and better understand the physics that cause them.

MIT professor Adam Willard is modeling the movement of electrons through organic photovoltaic material in work that could change the future of solar energy.

Northeastern assistant professor Paul Whitford is modeling complex proteins to improve our understanding of biological processes and to enable new nanotechnology applications.

UMass Amherst chemist Scott Auerbach is working on the development of renewable, carbon-neutral fuels from biomass.

In addition to creating national-scale computational capacity, the MGHPCC provides a platform for its members to integrate computer science research, operations expertise, and industry partnerships to advance the state of the art in research computing services and support. The MGHPCC has also fostered regional collaborations such as the Northeast Cyberteam initiative, an NSF-funded partnership between the MGHPCC and other universities in the region to improve support for researchers at small and mid-sized institutions.

Located in Holyoke, the MGHPCC has become an important partner in education and workforce development with public schools in the Pioneer Valley. Programs include internships for local community college students and after-school activities that introduce middle school students to computing concepts.

Research computing is an often-unheralded service performed by an unseen network of hardware, software, and people, but it is core to the modern research infrastructure that undergirds the steady stream of scientific breakthroughs coming out of our laboratories and to the economic transformation of Massachusetts.

Computer Science Teachers Association Western Mass Chapter

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The Computer Science Teachers Association Western Mass chapter hosted a free workshop for teachers on Microsoft MakeCode for Minecraft on December 15 at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center.  The education version of Minecraft lets students participate in and build an open-world game to promote creativity, collaboration, problem-solving and coding skills.  “Microsoft MakeCode for Minecraft” is a block programming platform specially designed for teachers and students to make things happen in the game Minecraft (for example raining chickens!). The workshop, led by John Nguyen, Microsoft Learning Consultant, introduced twelve local Computer Science teachers to this platform.  “Using a hands-on approach to computing education, Microsoft MakeCode brings computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels.”

The education version of Minecraft lets students participate in and build an open-world game to promote creativity, collaboration, problem-solving and coding skills.

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science. CSTA’s mission is to empower, engage and advocate for K-12 CS teachers worldwide.  Membership consists of more than 25,000 members from more than 145 countries.

The Western Massachusetts chapter of the CSTA is run by CS teachers throughout the region and organizes workshops and events to support computer science teachers.  In addition to this workshop, this year CSTA-WMass also presented a Scratch Meetup, a workshop on teaching with micro:bit, a panel discussion on College Computing Programs in the Age of CS for All, and helped teachers prepare for CS Education Week in December.

A  Code.org CS Fundamentals for Elementary School Teachers was also held on January 12.  Planning is underway for a spring meeting on the new Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards and opportunities for licensure featuring representatives from the Department of Education.  Planning meetings are on the third Thursdays of most months at the MGHPCC in Holyoke and online.  All are welcome.

Find out more at https://sites.google.com/site/cstawmass/

Images courtesy: CSTA WMass

Holyoke Codes Cyber Security Workshop with Girls Inc.

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Holyoke Codes ran a Cyber Security Workshop for Girls Inc. on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 for Computer Science Education Week. The workshop was attended by 21 middle school aged girls, members of The Girls Inc. Eureka Program Rookies group. Eureka! Scholars spend time on the UMass Amherst campus and elsewhere, experiencing lab-based activities in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The girls learned about digital forensics and cybersecurity with topics such as cryptography, steganography, passwords, and privacy to solve a mystery in a Capture the Flag (CTF) contest.  The CTF contest was custom created by Prof. Beryl Hoffman and her Elms College Computer Information Technology students for Holyoke Codes. The contest uses a series of challenges involving cybersecurity concepts to solve the mystery of a kidnapped cat (for a demo, login with team name: test, password: test). Three new challenges were added this year, including one on Dr. Azer Bestavros’ research project on Additive Secret Sharing.


Support for the event was provided by the National Science Foundation CISE SaTC Frontier Award #1414119 to Boston University, entitled MACS: A Modular Approach to Cloud Security.

This experience will also be available via Holyoke Codes workshops open to the public at no charge (www.holyokecodes.org).