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Rice cluster retirement

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To give research teams more time for migration, we are pushing Rice's retirement date to January 29th, 2021.


The Rice cluster has reached the end of its life cycle and is being retired on Friday, January 15th, 2021. Researchers owning nodes on Rice should start archiving any data they may have there to the Fortress Archive now, or move it to other clusters or Data Depot for any ongoing work. Please note that after the cluster is retired, you will not be able to retrieve any data left in the Rice scratch filesystem.

Shares in our latest community cluster, Bell, are available for purchase. Bell will have considerable advantages over Rice in many respects -- the nodes contain many more processing cores that can be scheduled for jobs, and will provide more ability to take advantage of standby scheduling. Each Bell node contains 256 GB of RAM. In addition, Bell has faster networking, and a newer technology for its scratch filesystem that will improve your processing efficiency.

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