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HiPerGator OS Upgrade: RHEL-7 to RHEL-8

📅 August 11, 2023

HiPerGator OS Upgrade: RHEL-7 → RHEL-8

HiPerGator is beginning a rolling upgrade from Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 7 (RHEL-7) to version 8 (RHEL-8). The upgraded software environment will include updates to important components including NVIDIA GPU drivers, CUDA, communication libraries, and compilers.

Many programs/workflows will run in the updated software environment without any modification, but some will require recompilation or adaptation.

Please check our website for additional information and updates.


  • Wednesday, August 16, 2023:
    • A subset of HiPerGator compute resources will go online with the updated software environment.
    • A new login node pool will be introduced as that runs the updated software environment.
    • If you need to rebuild your application, you can do it here.
  • August 16 - September 20:
    • Additional compute resources will be upgraded at a steady rate until they are all upgraded.

Once more than half of the compute resources are upgraded, the new login nodes will become default as

We recommend moving to RHEL-8 at your earliest convenience.

Choosing RHEL-7 or RHEL-8

Using SLURM directives, it is possible to submit jobs targeting:

  • Only RHEL-7
  • Only RHEL-8
  • Or by default, whichever is available first (i.e., operating system doesn’t matter, take first available)

To target a specific OS in your job scripts, use the SBATCH options: --constraint=el7 or --constraint=el8. If neither are specified, the scheduler will not consider operating system in placing your jobs. These constraints can be entered in the “Additional SLURM Options” field of Open onDemand forms.

Questions or concerns?

If you have concerns about access to RHEL-7 systems on HiPerGator after September 20, 2023, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss. Additional information regarding the rolling upgrade can be found on the HiPerGator Help site.