How do we pick system time?
HPC Operations staff try to schedule downtimes no more than quarterly. Whenever possible we coordinate building outages (cooling and electrical), hardware outages (major repairs and upgrades) and Software changes so all can be accomplished during a single downtime.
You will see the planned dates for the next scheduled downtime included each Monday with the weekly announcement. If you have a deadline coming up that could conflict with the scheduled system time, please contact us as early as you can. If we have flexibility we'll gladly shift dates.
We received feedback that the timing of the week-long downtime in September was problematic for projects needing to finish deliverables. We will avoid September system times in the future if at all possible.