Upgrades at CARC support UNM research
Following a week of downtime in late May, the UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing is back online with a number of improvements to its systems. The changes included upgrades to CARC’s data center power facilities, storage systems, network infrastructure, and software services.
First, the Center completed critical maintenance on one of the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units that
CARC staff also deployed Chama, a new NetApp enterprise storage system that replaces the old Serrano home directory fileserver. “Compared to the previous system, Chama adds many new features to help UNM researchers, including data compression, encryption, user and group quotas, snapshots, off-site disaster recovery backups, and ease of management,” said Network and Storage Specialist Hussein Al-Azzawi. Users requiring additional space beyond the space that CARC provides free of charge can also now purchase dedicated storage space for their projects.
In addition, the Center finished upgrading its core network infrastructure to 10Gb Ethernet, including making 10Gb Ethernet the default connection to all CARC HPC and storage systems. This will provide UNM
CARC staff also switched to a new help ticket system called Vivantio. Compared to the previous AIRS ticket system, Vivantio provides a modern web interface
Finally, the Galles general use supercomputer was retired during the maintenance period. Galles was built from over 200 used Dell desktop computers acquired from all over campus, in collaboration with IT and University Libraries. Galles was an important resource for supporting campus research computing needs for many