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WP1 (NA1) (Yannick Legre)

Dissamination reports

Milestones & Deliverables

Working on the Table of Content of D4.1 (CANFAR integration) and M4.1 (open data platform requirements and technology). Reviewers and moderators have been contacted, but need to be confirmed.

Task NA1.1 Administrative and Financial Management

  • Collection of Consortium Agreement signature
    • 6 originals missing + 4 on their way
  • Administrative issues
    • 1 bank form still missing
    • 1st amendment delayed due to technical issues in the Participant portal (already submitted 3x)
    • Reporting tool: bankruptcy of the service provider - workaround being investigated with the tool provider - Plan B investigated for another tool.

Task NA1.2 Technical Management

  • Review of the Open Data Platform requirements and organization of the interview process
  • Discussion of the EGI Marketplace business function, and organization of the interview process to collect requirements from users, service providers
  • Review of the service portfolio in preparation to a planning meeting with EUDAT
  • Planned NA2 work for the three deliverables due at M6

Task NA1.3 Quality and Risk Management

WP2 (NA2) (Sergio Andreozzi)

Dissamination reports

Milestones & Deliverables

Task NA2.1 Communication and Dissemination

(since the last meeting)

  • Copyedit and layout of the EGI Strategy 2015-2020 publication
  • Scoping definitions for upcoming officer opening
  • Communications metrics for Q1 (Engage)
  • Responding to media query! (Nature News)
  • First steps towards all e-Infras CF2016: setting up steering committee
  • CF2015: Feedback on guides, setting up plan for review, work on colocations, programme sketch
  • CF2015: preparing for abstract review

Task NA2.2 Strategy, Business Development and Exploitation

  • Pay-for-Use
    • Call held 15 July to progress activities
    • Contributions M1.2 1st Intermediate Report provided by (some) partners
    • Exploring potential use case with Bioinformatics Infrastructure for Life Sciences
  • Service Management
    • SSB kicked-off with several calls and actions carried out
  • Strategy and Policy
    • Contributed to preparation of edited version of new EGI strategy
  • CF2015: submitted several abstracts in the area of strategy, policy and business engagement (e.g. marketplace, Pay-for-Use, FitSM Training)
  • Work on EGI Glossary V2 updating with FitSM-0:2015 terms (definition updates; addition of new terms) and working with policy boards (e.g. security)

Task NA2.3 SME/Industry Engagement and Big Data Value Chain

  • SME Engagement
    • D2.2 Master Model for SME Engagement - ToC produced - Reviewers being requested/confirmed
    • Call held 16 July to progress activities
    • Additional organisations added to the Business Contact DB
  • Contributions to M1.2 1st Intermediate Report outlining partner main achievements and future plans
  • Abstract submited for EGI Community Forum - Bari

WP3 (JRA1) (Diego Scardaci)

Dissamination reports

Milestones & Deliverables

Task JRA1.1 Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructure

Task JRA1.2 Service Registry and Marketplace

Task JRA1.3 Accounting

Task JRA1.4 Operations Tools

Task JRA1.5 Resource Allocation – e-GRANT

  • development of improvements in resource negotiation in PfU process
  • analysys of the requirements from BILS

WP4 (JRA2) (Tiziana Ferrari)

Dissamination reports

Milestones & Deliverables

Task JRA2.1 Federated Open Data

Gathering of requirements for open data platform by integrating expectations from various communities. Preparation of the milestone report due to by the end August.

Task JRA2.2 Federated Cloud

  • OCCI for OpenStack testing phase.
  • Initial contact with some PTs for UMD integration.

Task JRA2.3 e-Infrastructures Integration

Progressing integration activities with:

  • NeCTAR (Australian research cloud: genomics, astronomy, brain research)
  • Compute Canada (genomics)
  • OSG US (brain research)
  • Overview of ELIXIR use case for EGI/EUDAT integration in collaboration with the virtual team
  • Initial integration discussions with Brazil for cloud activities
  • Cloud integration activities in progress with Korea (KISTI) and initial discussions with China (IHEP)

Task JRA2.4 Accelerated Computing

  • Attributes "GPUNumber" e "GPUMode" have been added to the command BLAH_JOB_SUBMIT. This required modifications and server.c. The first implementation of the two new attributes have been successfully tested at CIRMMP cluster with the PBS/Torque LRMS. This required modifications to
  • The next planned steps are:
    • installing slurm LRMS on CIRMMP cluster
    • add new JDL attributes in CREAM core
  • After a review of the available technologies, GPGPU virtualisation in KVM/QEMU has been analysed and performance tests of passthrough technology have been carried out in a IBM dx360 M4 server with two NVIDIA Tesla K20 accelerators. The STMV test example of NAMD molecular dynamics simulation (CUDA version) has been used as testing application. The results shown that the application run 2-3% slower in a virtual machine compared to direct run on the tested server. To avoid potential performance problems, hyperthreading should be switched off.
  • Recently a cloud site with GPGPU support has been set up with one master node and two compute nodes, using OpenStack Kilo as CMF and KVM as hypervisor, all on top of Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS sysop.
  • The next planned steps are:
    • Testing the Openstack scheduler
    • Start the integration with EGI-Engage Fedcloud

WP5 (SA1) (Peter Solagna)

Dissamination reports

Milestones & Deliverables

Task SA1.1 Operations Coordination

  • Launch of new bid for core activities
  • Review of the operations service catalogue, need of a repository of virtual appliances (endorsed ones)

Task SA1.2 Development of Security Operations

  • Update in progress with the aim of moving the policies to the wiki space

Task SA1.3 Integration, Deployment of Grid and Cloud Platforms

  • long tail of science in progress (agenda point on this)
    • science gateway Catania is integrated
    • the user management portal is delayed, due to the holiday period (CYFRONET is responsible), mock up portal needs to be fixed. Allows users to register with a EGI sso account
    • action on Gergely to define the user engagement workflow through an on-line platform
    • action on Gergely and UCST to define the services of the long tail of science
  • D4SCIENCE meeting to check progress of activities
  • ESA TerraDue: on hold as on line CA (not IGTF trusted) is in use at the moment
  • Need of an on-line CA:
    • CERN one is a IOTA profile compliant
    • A discussion with NIKHEF is needed to understand the timing, with a policy which satisfies the sites. Meeting planned to discuss (operational + policy activities + planning)

WP6 (SA2) (Gergely Sipos)

Dissemination reports

Milestones & Deliverables

Task SA2.1 Training

Preparation of training material for training courses - focused on cloud. Preparation of a more generic training package. The future training should be more on high level tools to use the cloud

Task SA2.2 Technical User Support


Testing on GOCDB started - a bug in the EBI IdP to be fixed so that the GOCDB testing can continue

Task SA2.4 BBMRI

Task SA2.5 MoBrain

Neugrid portal needs to be ported to adopt cloud


Task SA2.7 LifeWatch

Task SA2.8 EISCAT_3D

Task SA2.9 EPOS

Task SA2.10 Disaster Mitigation