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PACE Operations Update — COVID-19

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[UPDATE – 03/19/2020]

Dear Researchers,

This is brief update on our prior communication about COVID-19 situation that we are carefully monitoring.  In the light of recent communication from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research regarding the research ramp down plan, please rest assured that PACE will continue normal operations of our resources.   We will continue to provide support during this period.  

Regarding PACE training classes, we made modifications to our classes to offer them virtually via BlueJeans, and this week we had our first two classes, Linux 101 and Optimization 101, hosted virtually.  Please visit our training site for upcoming classes that you may register for, and our Research Scientists will be in touch regarding the instructions in accessing the classes virtually.   Additionally, our consulting sessions will be offered virtually as scheduled.  You may check our “Upcoming Events” section for the virtual coordinates for upcoming consulting session.

Also, as a clarification point about the new campus VPN (Global Protect), this is a new service that is in early deployment/testing phase, and the new VPN is NOT replacing the current campus VPN (i.e., Cisco’s AnyConnect). At this time, they are operating in parallel, and you may use either of the VPN services to connect to PACE resources.

Overall, given the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, we want to reassure our community that we are here for you to support your computational research, and please do not hesitate to contact us at pace-support@oit.gatech.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

Warm regards, and stay safe.

The PACE Team

[UPDATE – 03/13/2020].  As a brief update to yesterday’s message, the new VPN (GlobalProtect) is a new service (and going through much of the testing).  This new VPN is intended to help with the anticipated increase in demand, but it is NOT replacing the current campus VPN (i.e., Cisco’s AnyConnect you’ve been using).  At this time, they are operating in parallel, and you may use either of the VPN services to connect to PACE resources.

[Original Message – 03/12/2020]

Dear Researchers,

PACE is carefully monitoring developments with the COVID-19 situation including the recent message from President Cabrera announcing that GT is moving to online/distance instruction after spring break.  We want to reassure the community that PACE will continue normal operations.

Given the anticipated increase in demand of our VPN infrastructure, please follow the instructions on accessing OIT’s recently deployed Next Generation Campus VPN that will help you access PACE resources.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may reach us via pace-support@oit.gatech.edu

Best,

The PACE Team

 

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