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08/17/2016

Facilities Service Request Process Changes August 29

Starting August 29, 2016, there will be a new website for submitting routine service requests to the Facilities Department at Caltech.

The AiM Customer Portal is a self-service, flexible, customer access point for submitting service requests, checking work order status, and reviewing cost information.

The AiM Customer Portal will be available via access.caltech.edu starting Monday, August 29th. You may use this portal for submitting requests for facilities maintenance, event support, chauffeur trips, Graphic Resources print jobs, Security building access and other Facilities services.

For more information regarding the AiM Implementation, please see the presentation that was given at recent AiM Town Hall meetings or download the AiM brochure.

06/23/2016

Flex Alerts? What Are They and How Can I Help?

Summer heat waves combined with natural gas curtailments may cause rolling blackouts in Pasadena and the surrounding areas. Caltech and Pasadena Water and Power are working together to help minimize the impact to the Caltech community this summer.

Over the summer Flex Alerts may be declared as a call to conserve. If a Flex Alert is declared, please do your part to help by turning off unnecessary lights, appliances and other devices that consume electricity. Voluntary reductions during a Flex Alert can help us avoid blackouts.

For more tips on how to reduce energy usage and how to prepare for a rolling blackout, visit http://PWPweb.com/rollingblackouts.

04/29/2016

Techstock 2.0 Coming May 28th!

Announcing Techstock 2016, the latest and greatest edition of Caltech/JPL's very own Battle of the Bands!

This May 28th, come compete against your professors, Mars rover drivers, and future tech billionaires for ultimate glory, $1000 in prize money, and a year of bragging rights as Caltech/JPL's finest musical talent.

Rules:

  1. Bands must consist of at least two people, at least one of whom must be Caltech- or JPL-affiliated
  2. One person can at most be in two bands.
  3. Two bands can have at most one person in common.
  4. The winner will be decided by a panel of judges.

Sign your band online by April 30.

No band? No problem! Come and enjoy the music.

RSVP on Facebook

04/19/2016

Important Changes to the Unix Interactive Cluster

The Unix interactive cluster (its.caltech.edu) will soon be retired. These long-running Solaris systems will be replaced by new Linux systems, which will run concurrently for a brief transition period. Starting May 2, 2016, IMSS will make changes to users' dot files to minimize compatibility issues with the new Linux systems. Changes will be completed over a period of approximately one week and are detailed at http://imss.caltech.edu/content/unix-cluster-transition

For questions about this transition or assistance with modifying your dot files, please contact the Help Desk (x3500, help@caltech.eduhttps://help.caltech.edu.)

04/05/2016

Don't let ransomware disrupt or destroy your work

Ransomware is a category of malicious software that is becoming increasingly widespread.  It differs from other kinds of malicious software in that its primary purpose is to render the victim's data files unusable (typically by encrypting them) until a "ransom" in difficult-to-trace virtual currency such as Bitcoin is paid. Organizations all over the world, including hospitals, police departments, and universities, have fallen victim to ransomware attacks. Affected systems to date have included Windows workstations and servers, Macs, linux workstations and servers, unpatched wiki or blog software, Android phones, and any data volumes these devices are able to access (e.g., external hard drives, network drives or file servers).

For advice on how to protect yourself from ransomware, please visit http://imss.caltech.edu.

03/22/2016

Amazon Web Services event on April 13th

Save the date for an Amazon Web Services (AWS) event on Wednesday, April 13th from 9:30AM to 11:30 AM in Beckman Institute Auditorium. IMSS will be hosting representatives from AWS to speak about how to cost effectively add more compute resources. RSVP HERE

AWS SPOT: Cost Effectively Add More Compute Resources 

With Amazon Web Services (AWS), you can spin up EC2 compute capacity on demand with no upfront commitments. You can do this even more cost effectively by using Amazon EC2 Spot Instances to bid on spare Amazon EC2 computing capacity. This allows users to get 90% off on demand prices (often as little as 1c per core hour) and has helped them run very large scale workloads cost effectively. For example, at USC a computational chemist spun up 156,000 core in three days. Also, with the recent release of the Spot fleet API, a researcher or scientist can easily have access to some of the most cost effective compute capacity at a very large scale. Learn how to effectively use these tools for your research needs.

When: April 13, 9:30-11:30am.  (Option to schedule office hours afterwards to discuss your particular workload.)
Where: Beckman Institute Auditorium
 
Speaking:
John Lilley, IMSS Lead System Administrator, will talk about how he uses the Spot market for Caltech research workloads
Dmitry Pushkarev, CTO of EC2 Spot for AWS
Boyd McGeachie, EC2 Spot Business Development Manager
 
RSVP HERE

02/03/2016

Parking Lot #7 Closed until May 31

Beginning February 1, parking lot #7 (behind the Center for Student Services) will be closed to commuter and carpool parking through May 31.  

This closure is necessary to accommodate the installation of a large chilled water line under the parking lot. The Holliston parking garage will not be affected.

During the closure, additional parking will be available at the following locations:

  • Parking structure #1 (341 Wilson Ave)
  • Parking structure #3 (1248 California)

For questions regarding the closure, please contact Todd Swart at x5989, or Ben Smith at x 4190

01/27/2016

February 1: Credit Cards Accepted for Dining and Store Purchases

Beginnning February 1 Chandler Café and the convenience store will be accepting credit cards. Café at Broad and the Red Door will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

The following cards will be accepted:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Discover
  • American Express

International cards will also be accepted, so long as they are Visa or Mastercard.

Charges under $25 will not require a signature.

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