The HECToR Service is now closed and has been superceded by ARCHER.

HECToR End of Service, RDF Upgrades

HECToR End of Service

As you should all be aware, the HECToR service will end in March 2014. The HECToR service will CLOSE at 1800 Hrs on 21st March.

Any data on HECToR which has not been copied elsewhere (e.g. to the RDF or to your home institution) before that date will be lost.

If you need assistance in copying your data to the RDF, or with transitioning to ARCHER, please do not hesitate to contact the Helpdesk. To assist in your planning for the transition to ARCHER, the timescale of all HECToR, RDF and ARCHER maintenance periods for the coming months is listed below.

For details on ARCHER, the follow on service to HECToR, please see the ARCHER Webpage.

RDF Upgrade

It is important to note that the RDF will be unavailable for two extended periods in late January/February, the first starting on Mon 27th Jan. This is to facilitate the relocation and expansion of the RDF facility (As was discussed at the RDF user meeting back in 2013).

During the first outage, the RDF will be relocated to a different server room. In a second outage, the capacity of the RDF will be increased from 7.8PB to 13.8 PB. The associated network infrastructure will also be upgraded at this time.

Details of all upcoming maintenance sessions on HECToR, ARCHER and the RDF are listed below:

  • 27th Jan 7 Feb : RDF Unavailable (relocation to another server room)
  • 29 Jan 0900-1700 : ARCHER At-risk session (Login nodes 5,6,7,8 unavailable)
  • 5 Feb 1200-1800 : HECToR At-risk session (no changes planned at present)
  • 12 Feb 1200-1800 : ARCHER Full Downtime (rescheduled from 29 Jan)
  • 19 Feb 1200-1800: HECToR At-risk session (no changes planned at present)
  • 24 Feb 3 Mar : RDF Unavailable (increase capacity, upgrade network)
  • 26 Feb 0900-1700 : ARCHER At-Risk session
  • 5 Mar 1200-1800: HECToR At-risk session (no changes planned at present)
  • 12 Mar 1200-1600 : ARCHER Maintenance 1200-1600 ( CLE Upgrade - login nodes will be available but compute down )
  • 21 Mar 1800: **HECToR Service Closes **

Please contact the HECToR Helpdesk if you require any assistance or have any questions.