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  • Next UMD 4.6.0 regular release IN PROGRESS
    • to be included: ARGUS, GFAL, CVMFS, gridsite, VOMS-ADMIN-server
    • also CREAM, ARC, dCache in progress
    • UMD 4.5.1 work to be merged with UMD 4.6.0
  • UMD3 deprecation: WMS to be dismissed by end of year, EGI Operations planning sending a note about end of support for UMD3 in line with WMS deprecation
  • CMD-OS update in preparation (cloudkeeper, cloudkeeper-os, ooi, gridsite, rocci-cli, cloud-bdii-info-provider)
  • CMD-ONE first release to be fixed adding site BDII

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New weights for the NGIs average A/R values, based on Computation Power

We would like to implement a new way for computing the weights for the NGIs average A/R values, introducing the concept of CE's "computation power":

computation power = hep-spec * LogicalCPUs

This is a quantity that can be addable up over the CEs of a site (and over the sites). Until now it has been simply added up the CEs hep-spec values for getting a site global value, but this is not correct, because the hep-spec refers to a particular CE (to the cluster behind that particular CE) and it is not addable up. That is why, first of all, we asked VAPOR to implement the "computation power" as well as the site/NGI "average hep-spec". Have a look for example at the "figures" section:

In the ARGO development instance the new weights have been used for computing the September average A/R values:

We made a comparison between the values and the official ones:

As expected, there were some improvements and some worsening, perhaps more accentuated in the case of NGIs with few sites; with the new way the sites providing more than one CE (either with the same or different hep-spec) weight less than before (in the good and in the evil), because we compute an average hep-spec, not a simple sum over the benchmark values. Moreover several sites are still missing the necessary information for computing the weights in both the methods: check on VAPOR the values published by your sites in order to properly publishing in the GLUE2 schema the number of logical CPUs and the Hep-Spec06 benchmark.

  • Example of ldap query for checking if a site is publishing the HepSpec-06 benchmark:
$ ldapsearch -x -LLL -H ldap:// -b "GLUE2DomainID=pic,GLUE2GroupID=grid,o=glue" '(&(objectClass=GLUE2Benchmark)(GLUE2BenchmarkType=hep-spec06))'

dn: GLUE2BenchmarkID=ce07.pic.es_hep-spec06,,GLUE2ServiceID=ce07.pic.es_ComputingElement,GLUE2GroupID=resource,GLUE2DomainID=pic,GLUE2GroupID=grid,o=glue
GLUE2BenchmarkID: ce07.pic.es_hep-spec06
GLUE2BenchmarkType: hep-spec06
objectClass: GLUE2Entity
objectClass: GLUE2Benchmark
GLUE2BenchmarkValue: 12.1205
GLUE2EntityOtherInfo: InfoProviderName=glite-ce-glue2-benchmark-static
GLUE2EntityOtherInfo: InfoProviderVersion=1.1
GLUE2BenchmarkComputingManagerForeignKey: ce07.pic.es_ComputingElement_Manager
GLUE2EntityName: Benchmark hep-spec06
GLUE2EntityCreationTime: 2017-06-20T16:50:48Z

dn: GLUE2BenchmarkID=ce01.pic.es_hep-spec06,,GLUE2ServiceID=ce01.pic.es_ComputingElement,GLUE2GroupID=resource,GLUE2DomainID=pic,GLUE2GroupID=grid,o=glue
GLUE2BenchmarkID: ce01.pic.es_hep-spec06
GLUE2BenchmarkType: hep-spec06
objectClass: GLUE2Entity
objectClass: GLUE2Benchmark
GLUE2BenchmarkValue: 13.4856
GLUE2EntityOtherInfo: InfoProviderName=glite-ce-glue2-benchmark-static
GLUE2EntityOtherInfo: InfoProviderVersion=1.1
GLUE2BenchmarkComputingManagerForeignKey: ce01.pic.es_ComputingElement_Manager
GLUE2EntityName: Benchmark hep-spec06
GLUE2EntityCreationTime: 2017-09-05T07:34:26Z
  • Example of ldap query for getting the number of LogicalCPUs published by an ARC-CE (due to a bug in te info-provider, CREAM-CE publish the total number under the ExecutionEnvironment class):
$ ldapsearch -x -LLL -H ldap:// -b "GLUE2DomainID=UA_ILTPE_ARC,GLUE2GroupID=grid,o=glue" 'objectClass=GLUE2ComputingManager' GLUE2ComputingManagerTotalLogicalCPUs

GLUE2ComputingManagerTotalLogicalCPUs: 168
  • Example of ldap query for getting the number of LogicalCPUs published by a CREAM-CE:
$ ldapsearch -x -LLL -H ldap:// -b "GLUE2DomainID=UKI-SOUTHGRID-SUSX,GLUE2GroupID=grid,o=glue" 'objectClass=GLUE2ExecutionEnvironment' GLUE2ExecutionEnvironmentLogicalCPUs 
GLUE2ExecutionEnvironmentPhysicalCPUs GLUE2ExecutionEnvironmentTotalInstances

GLUE2ExecutionEnvironmentTotalInstances: 71
GLUE2ExecutionEnvironmentLogicalCPUs: 568
GLUE2ExecutionEnvironmentPhysicalCPUs: 71

In December the new way will be moved in production, so if during October many sites fix the information, the new NGIs A/R average values will improve.

Decommissioning EMI WMS

As discussed at the February and April/May OMBs, we are making plans for decommissioning the WMS and moving to DIRAC.

NGIs provided WMS usage statistics, and in general the usage is relatively low, mainly for local testing

Moderate usage by few VOs:

  • NGI_CZ:
  • NGI_GRNET: see
  • NGI_IT:, compchem, theophys, virgo
  • NGI_PL: gaussian,, vo.nedm.cyfronet
  • NGI_UK: mice,

EGI contacted these VOs to agree a smooth migration of their activities to DIRAC, only some of them replied till now:

  • compchem is already testing DIRAC4EGI
  • discussing with the users the migration to DIRAC. Interested in a webinar on DIRAC.
  • mice: enabled on the GridPP DIRAC server
  • enabled on DIRAC4EGI for performing tests

We need the VOs feedback for better defining technical details and timeline:

  • NGIs with VOs using WMS (not necessarily limited to the VOs above), please contact them to ensure that these VOs have a back-up plan.

The plan

WMS servers can be decommissioned as soon as the supported VOs do not need them any more: Please follow the procedure PROC13. The proposal is:

  • Starting from January 2018, put the WMS servers in draining: this will block the submission of new jobs and will allow the jobs previously submitted to finish
    • inform in advance your users that you are going to put in draining and then dismiss the WMS servers (as per PROC13)
    • there might be several VOs enabled on your WMS servers: in case only few of them need to use the service for few weeks more, you might disable the other VOs
  • EGI Operations will send a new broadcast to the VOs reminding the users the forthcoming WMS decommission
  • After the end of February, EGI Operations will open a ticket to the sites that haven't started the decommission process yet

VOs have about 1 months to find alternatives or migrate to DIRAC:

  • the HOWTO22 explains how a VO can request the access to DIRAC4EGI and how interact with it by CLI

IPv6 readiness plans

Decommissioning of dCache 2.10 and 2.13

webdav probes in production

The webdav probes have been deployed in production. Several sites publish the webdav protocol in the BDII: they have been asked to register the endpoint on GOC-DB and to enable the monitoring, if it wasn't already done.

List of sites ant tickets:

For registering on GOC-DB the webdav service endpoint, follow the HOWTO21 in order to filling in the proper information. In particular:

Storage accounting deployment

During the September meeting, OMB has approved the full-scale deployment of storage accounting. The APEL team has tested it with a group of early adopters sites, and the results prove that storage accounting is now production-ready.

Storage accounting is currently supported only for the DPM and dCache storage elements therefore only the resource centres deploying these kind of storage elements are requested to publish storage accounting data.

In order to properly install and configure the storage accounting scripts, please follow the instructions reported in the wiki:

IMPORTANT: be sure to have installed the script v1.0.4 (

After setting up a daily cron job and running the accounting software, look for your data in the Accounting Portal: If it does not appear within 24 hours, or there are other errors, please open a GGUS ticket to APEL who will help debug the process.

List of sites already publishing and of tickets opened is reported here.

PROBLEM: several (DPM) sites are using an old version of the script. This leads to records having an EndTime 30 days in the future. The script version to use is v1.0.4 (

The APEL team opened tickets for this issue:


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