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When accessing from off-site or LBNL-Visitor wireless you might encounter an error page or apache test page.

Please be advised that issue will be resolved by Monday, 10/24/2016 in the meantime please access the page using VPN connection.

If you have questions or need assistance please contact the Help Desk at 510-486-4357

Biologists and neuroscientists at Stanford have standardized on Singularity for deploying and executing their BIDS  (Brain Imaging Data Structure) stack and bridging their development environments (desktops, workstations, and local servers) to traditional HPC. The workflows can now be distributed, archived and leveraged as well as run on any HPC resources that have Singularity installed. Stanford (among other sites) is now running these Singularity containers in production on their local HPC system (Sherlock) as well as on XSEDE resources like Comet at the San Diego Supercomputing Center and Stampede at the Texas Advanced Computing Center.

Developed by the IT Division HPC Services architect Gregory Kurtzer, Singularity facilitates application and workflow portability across different environments including HPC by allowing the user to package their applications, libraries, and operating environment into an image or container that can be run elsewhere. In HPC environments, Singularity containers have access to local and shared filesystems as well as having support for MPI. Users who develop their applications on their laptop or desktop now have a way to run their personal environment and applications on a HPC cluster.

Next week, there will be a presentation on Singularity at the IT Division’s LabTech 2016 event on Tuesday Oct 11 and also at the DOE Lab conference on Weds Oct 12.

Routine fire protection work led to an unscheduled major data center outage at approximately 11:45AM today Wed Oct 5.  It will take a substantial amount of time to recover HPC systems.   Return to service time not currently known.

Google experienced an issue where some users are unable to login to their Google Accounts.  Google's product engineering team investigated and resolved this situation as of 9/15. For status of this issue from Google click here.

Google is currently experiencing issues with Google Slides.

For status on this issue from Google visit the Google Apps Status Dashboard.

If you are having an issue with Excel not opening downloads in Windows 10, you may need to change your protected view setting.

In Excel go to File > Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Protected View, and then uncheck "Enabled Protected View" for files originating from the Internet.

If you are still having any issues opening files, please contact the Help Desk at (510) 486-4357. (xHELP)

First Use of Tape Recorder in Radio

August 26, 1938

Radio station WQXR in New York City broadcasts a program using a tape recorder for the first time. The tape recorder used was the Phillips-Miller recording system, also known as Millertape, invented by James Arthur Miller.



The Birth of Linux

August 25, 1991

Linus Torvalds posts a message to the Internet newsgroup comp.os.minix with the subject line “What would you like to see most in minix?” This is the first announcement that he is working on an operating system that will one day become Linux.



If you notice a strange calendar event which appears to be spam, our Commons instructions page will help you learn the steps to report the event to Google.

If these steps do not resolve the spam issue, please contact Help Desk at (510) 486-4357 (xHELP).

Good Morning LBL. Our Help Desk is short staffed today, 8/22/2016, please be advised that hold times could be lengthy. Remember you can submit your HELP request via email to 

We will try to assist every caller, email and Ticket submitted as best we can . Thank you. 

Google’s IPO

August 19, 2004

Google holds its Initial Public Offering (IPO) selling over 22 millions shares at a starting price of $85. Google shares closed that day at $100.34 and the IPO created many instant millionaires and a few billionaires.



HP Incorporated

August 18, 1947

Hewlett-Packard is incorporated by William Hewlett and David Packard, nine years after they sold their first products from their garage in Palo Alto. Hewlett and Packard got their start in 1938 by producing oscillators used to test audio equipment. Since selling eight of their first oscillators to Disney for use in preparing movie theaters for the movie Fantasia, HP has grown to one of the largest technology companies in the world.



As of 11:00AM August 18, 2016, there have been no outages reported.

Files on the browser are not displaying and Google is reporting encountering issues with their servers

LBL Help Desk is monitoring the situation and will update when we have more information.




Smartsheet will be offline for 180 minutes on August 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM PDT for system improvements

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