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Quarterly Report Number NGI Name Partner Name Author
QR 8 NGI_DE Germany Jie Tao



Date Location Title Participants Outcome (Short report & Indico URL)
April 12, 2012 Juelich, Germany workshop on certification process for UNICORE sites, KIT and FZJ KIT and FZJ staff identified and tested options for site monitoring according to EGI rules, preparation of NGI-DE Jahrestagung "sustainable Operations Procedures for NGI-DE and D-Grid"
April 18-19,2012 Karlsruhe,Germany NGI-DE annual meeting represents of Grid sites in Germany preparing common and sustainable Grid operation procedures for NGI-DE and D-Grid valid for 2012 and beyond.
April 17-19,2012 Zeuthen(DESY), Germany The 6th International dCache workshop about 60 participants from several countries, including NGI-DE sites presentation of latest/future work, report on system setup, experience exchange between dCache system administrators and dCache developers.


Date Location Title Participants Outcome (Short report & Indico URL)
Feb. 15-17, 2012 Garching, Germany EuropMicro, PDP2012 Staff of LRZ and KIT participation in international conference for discussion
Feb. 26-March 02, 2012 Taipei, Taiwan International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) DESY-HH staff report was given for the investigation how SSD may boost the performance of storage solution used now in grid (CMS billing statistics was used to show that significant boost can be expected)
March 01, 2012 Goettingen, Germany DPG spring conference all NGI-DE staff of the site Wuppertal scientific talks in the field of physics
March 19-21, 2012 Bonn, Germany D-Grid results conference Staff of NGI-DE sites participants of diverse workshops.
March 20, 2012 Hamburg, Germany DESY/KEK Meeting, Super-KEKB/BELLE2 session DESY staff workshop was devoted for the establishment of the connection between DESY and KEK for the new BELLE2 experiment at KEK. DESY will contributed among others activity the CPU capacity via the Grid.
March 21-23 Copenhagen, Denmark ICRI 2012 LRZ staff participation in international conference for discussion
March 26, 2012 Garching, Germany Belle2 Grid Site Meeting DESY-HH staff DESY Grid center was presented on the BELLE2 Grid Site meeting.
March 26-30, 2012 Munich, Germany EGI Community Forum, the 2nd EMI Technical Conference NGI-DE staff talks, discussions, NGI-DE booth, GGUS reporting feature discussions, news from Technology Provider, Sustainability.
April 23-24, 2012 Bologna EGI-CSIRT-F2f-Meeting KIT staff preparing a security training course for GridKa-school 2012
April 23-27, 2012 Prague, Czech Republic HEPIX Spring 2012 Workshop Staff of several NGI-DE sites discussion among the system administrators from largest computing centers about the current status of scientific high-performance and data-intensive computing disciplines.


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2.1. Progress Summary

A great success in the reported period is that NGI_DE (mainly the KIT site) largely increased the tap capacity. In addition, all Grid services ran smoothly. The ROD team worked well. New hardware was installed and service software was upgraded. Stage rollout was performed.

2.2. Main Achievements

The following are concrete achievements of the NGI-DE sites:

  • FZJ contributed to UNICORE Integration Task Force; perpared the certification process for pure UNICORE sites; and participated ROD shifts for NGI-DE. This site is palnning to solve site certification and OLA issues in the next projrct quarter.
  • KIT updated gLexec on WNs and organized the Usage and future maintenance of deployed software Operations/Platform Deployment Survey
  • SCAI applied a gLite WMS from EMI to replace the old gLite 3.1 WMS instance and participated in the ROD shifts
  • DESY-HH made smooth running on EMI release (not wn's, cream). More space was added to dcache SE's, forming now 4.3PB in total, which is distributed over 3 production dcache instances. New pledges for the WLCG (from 01.04.2012) were fulfilled both in CPU and storage.
  • Wuppertal did migration to CREAM (in parallel, old CE still in use for a limited period of time) and migration from PBS to SGE; installed new hardware (ATLAS pledge fulfilled in time). This site is now included in the HEPPI/LHCone network.
  • MPPMU upgraded CREAM2 (glite-CREAM was moved from 3.2.13-1 to 3.2.14-1.sl5, glite-SGE_utils.x86_64 3.2.3-1.sl5) and performed security fix on Apel service.
  • LRZ participated the ROD shifts and the staged rollout.

2.3. Issues and mitigation

Issue Description Mitigation Description
TU-Dresden had problem with high load in file system vendor is trying to find a workaround
FZJ reported: Resource Centre Certification and Resource Centre Operational Level Agreement procedures and requirements as currently established do not match the reality of sites offering UNICORE services. Discussions in the UNICORE Integration Task Force are ongoing.
DESY-HH encountered slow response from emi on the problems raised (as example, to use UI) we need tarball distribution and ticket about this is more than 6 months old
Wuppertal reported problem with HEPPI/LHCone: still open questions about routing, it is unclear which sites are included and where this is decided. LBL was included after we complained, but still SARA/NIKHEF is not routed through that network. As your remaining DFN line is thin, this is causing trouble.
MPPMU encountered LFC failures due to "Bad magic number": hanging gpfs connections causing lfc timeouts. The work around was to change CREAM config to decrease gpfs load.