[Ncep.nhc.nco_contacts] TSB Morning Rounds - Thu Jan 26, 2017

TSB Admin nhc.tsbadmin at noaa.gov
Thu Jan 26 17:10:25 UTC 2017

Here is today's summary of NHC computer operations:
--- Craig Mattocks


1. GFE/NCP issues: 1) No recent problems with AWIPS Alert Visualization  
(AlertViz) banners freezing on-screen, 2) Problems with GFE minimizing or  
closing spontaneously were likely due to operator error, 3) Transmission  
delays continue to occur when text products are transmitted from the GFE  
formatter launcher (Trouble Ticket still open with NCF).

2. Forecasters at the Surface Analysis Desk are advised to use the Crappie  
N-AWIPS workstation instead of the Cumulus workstation to prepare products  
that are graphics intensive. Eventually, the two poor-performing graphics  
cards in Cumulus will be replaced with new NVIDIA K620 cards per NCO's  
recommendations as part of the migration to RHEL6.

3. TSB AWIPS Sysadmin Chris Mello increased the ingest/display frequency of  
the RAP32 (Rapid Refresh, 32 km resolution) model from 3-hourly to hourly.
1. The upgrade of the Tuna N-AWIPS workstation at the Pacific desk from the  
RHEL5 to RHEL6 Linux operating systems is underway; waiting for NCO to fix  
issues with the window manager.
Other items:
1. Tuning of the GPFS parallel filesystem on the WCOSS Luna Cray  
supercomputing cluster was completed yesterday. The clusters in Orlando, FL  
(Gyre and Surge) are the current production systems.

2. The AWIPS NCF (Network Control Facility - Help Desk) received many  
reports yesterday of ECMWF and GFS model data arriving late in AWIPS. The  
problem was traced to a missing symbolic link on a server at the back-up  
NCF (BNCF), which wasn't set up correctly when the server was stood up.

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