The Neon HPC system will be five years old in October 2018 and was purchased with a five year warranty. The system will be shutdown on January 7, 2019. Functioning nodes from the system will be brought back up as a part of the Argon cluster on January 21, 2019. Further details of this transition can be found here: https://hpc.uiowa.edu/system-news/change-hpc-model
What does this mean? - The Neon cluster will be shut down and the existing software stack will go away as of January 7, 2019. Home and scratch data will remain accessible for a period of time after the shutdown to allow migration to other resources. No new accounts or central software requests will be done after November 1, 2018.
Will there be a system built to replace Neon? - Yes, in our new HPC model described here we will have more ongoing opportunity to buy new nodes in the Argon HPC system. The nodes currently available for purchase are listed here.
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