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Changelog and Known Issues for OS Upgrade

Module changes

As part of the operating system upgrade, the module naming scheme has been revised so it is no longer necessary to load a "gateway" set of modules before accessing other software. However, this means that nearly every module name has changed to show the dependencies it uses.

To handle this transition, use the module spider command to find the new name of modules you are currently using, e.g.,

module spider Python

However, there are some specific module changes that are not clear from the output of module spider:

  • For Python and R, consider using bundles instead of the plain module names. These include many helpful pre-installed packages (use the module spider <insert-bundle-name> command for specifics):
    • For Python, we recommend either Scipy-Bundle and/or Python-bundle-PyPI
    • For R, we recommend either R-bundle-CRAN and/or R-bundle-Bioconductor
  • The PGI module has been replaced by NVHPC (installation still in progress). This is due to NVIDIA's rebranding of PGI.
  • The LiftOver software is provided by the Kent_tools module.


Known issues

Below are issues that ICER is aware of and is taking steps to resolve. If you find an issue that is not on this page, please contact us with the subject line "OS Upgrade 2024"

  • When logging in to upgraded nodes using SSH keys and proxy jumps, you may receive a message like:

    Someone could be eavesdropping on you right now (man-in-the-middle attack)!
    It is also possible that a host key has just been changed.
    The fingerprint for the RSA key sent by the remote host is
    Please contact your system administrator.
    Add correct host key in <location>/.ssh/known_hosts to get rid of this message.
    Offending RSA key in <location>/.ssh/known_hosts:6
    You can use following command to remove the offending key:
    ssh-keygen -R dev-amd20 -f <location>/.ssh/known_hosts
    Host key for dev-amd20 has changed and you have requested strict checking.
    Host key verification failed.


    The authenticity of host 'dev-amd20 (<no hostip for proxy command>)' can't be established.
    RSA key fingerprint is SHA256:rydhZ58BeXsXgWQisWlbH6E0IFG+2+LSxC9a7OfZBro.
    This key is not known by any other names.
    Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no/[fingerprint])?

    These messages are expected as the keys used to verify the "identity" of the development nodes have changed from what your computer has used before. To fix the first error, first find the value of <location> in the above error message. On Mac computers this is usually User/<username> and on Linux computers, this usually /home/<username>, where <username> is your username on your local computer, not your MSU NetID. Then run the command

    ssh-keygen -R <dev-node-name> -f <location>/.ssh/known_hosts

    Alternatively, you can also delete the file <location>/.ssh/known_hosts to reset all host keys. This will result in receiving the second message anytime you SSH to any other computer (even ones outside of ICER, like GitHub) until you've accepted the connection again.

    To accept the new connection and fix the second error, enter "yes" and hit enter.

  • The module load command is case sensitive, e.g., module load Python works, but module load python does not. Please use module spider to find the correct name, including capitalization, of the modules you would like to load. We are working on bringing case insensitivity back to the module system.

  • When using the OnDemand Desktop, you may receive an error dialog stating "The panel encountered a problem while loading 'IndicatorAppletCompleteFactory::IndicatorAppletComplete'. Do you want to delete the applet from your configuration?" Click the "Delete" option, and this error will not return in the future.
  • Please note that all jobs need to be submitted from a node running on the same operating system as the target node (i.e., only submit a job using the --reservation=ubuntu_compute flag if you are using a development node running Ubuntu).
  • We are noticing problems with the GROMACS MPI tests on older nodes. For this reason, GROMACS is currently available on every cluster except for intel14 and intel16.
  • The quota command is currently non-functional, but is being worked on.
  • The R package Matrix (which is a dependency for many other packages including ggplot2) is incompatible with versions of R earlier than 4.4.0 (i.e., all of the versions installed on the new operating system. We recommend using the R-bundle-CRAN module instead of R which includes a pre-installed version of Matrix. If you need to install it yourself using install.packages, use the command

    install.packages(, repos=NULL, type="source")
  • The powertools module is available, but the tools within have not been checked for compatibility with the new operating system. Many work already, but others will need modifications. If one of the tools you need is not working, please request that we update it using the contact form to help us prioritize our updates.

  • OpenMPI/4.1.5-GCCcore-12.3.0 has issues when allocating at least 15 tasks to one node, and exactly one task to another. Until we can track down the source of this error, we recommend submitting SLURM scripts specifying --ntasks-per-node instead of just --ntasks so that tasks are spread equally between requested nodes.