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Quarterly Report Number NGI Name Partner Name Author
QR11 NGI_IT Italy Paolo Veronesi


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Date Location Title Participants Outcome (Short report & Indico URL)
Nov, 29-30, 2012 Rome (Italy) WORKSHOP GARR - CALCOLO E STORAGE DISTRIBUITO 8 National workshop about Grid and Cloud. Agenda (in Italian):


Date Location Title Participants Outcome (Short report & Indico URL)
Nov, 12-15, 2012 Salt Lake City (USA) Supercomputing 2012 2 IGI Research Exibition:
Jan, 28-30, 2013 Amsterdam Evolving EGI Workshop 2 discussions to understand and provide input into the future evolution of EGI


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2.1. Progress Summary

2.1.1. GARR

2.1.2. INFN

Migration activity

  • Core Grid services provided by NGI_IT have been upgraded to EMI-1 or EMI-2.
  • Sites services have been migrate to EMI-1 or EMI-2

Resource centers changes

  • Two Resource center closed (GRISU-COMETA-UNICT-DIIT, GRISU-COMETA-UNIPA)
  • One Resource center under certification (INFN-NAPOLI-ARGO)
  • One new Resource centers certified (RECAS-NAPOLI)

IGI portal

  • We have reviewed the registration mechanism in order to permit the user, who already have a certificate but not a federation membership, to use all the portal functionalities
  • We have installed and configured an Identity Provider connected only to the portal
  • We have developed new interfaces ad-hoc for some specific applications
  • We have developed a new module in order to integrate cloud section in the portal: through the portal is now possible to instance new virtual machines, have a web console and manage them. The portal it will be used by EGI Cloud task force to test the various virtual machine providers.

New National Certification Authority

  • Improvements in the design of the IGI on line CA: examination of hardware and software security aspects and study of a certificate revocation mechanism.
  • Setup and configuration of the new IGI MICS CA, including security assessment, network design and service deployment.
  • Preparation of the final version of the CP/CPS document to be submitted to EuGridPMA for the Certificate Authority accreditation.

Cloud pilot infrastructure

  • A cloud infrastructure, based on the open source software OpenStack, has been set up. The main OpenStack components have been installed and tested: identity service, image repository, cloud controller, compute node, object storage and dashboard. We tested the principal use cases on virtual machine management. A system for high availability of the services is under testing. 


  • Support and monitoring of the glite middleware decommissioning in the production sites.
  • Maintenance of the EGI CSIRT training and dissemination wiki pages and preparation of an abstract and material for a poster at the next EGI community forum 2013.


  • Routine maintenance of the italian ticketing system

Resource allocation working group

  • Participation to the startup phone conferences of the Resource Allocation working group. Presentation and discussion of some initial proposals for the creation and management of a pool of shared resources for new user communities.

2.2. Main Achievements

2.1.1. GARR

2.1.2. INFN

  • All resources migrated to EMI-1 or EMI-2;
  • All site are publishing DN subject to the account repository
  • Helpdesk activity for IGI and TPM has been performed.
  • SR performed during this quarter (according with the plot provided by Mario David):
    • SAM Update 19
    • SAM Update 20
    • emi.cream.sl6.x86_64-1.14.2
    • EMI.glite-mpi.sl6.x86_64-1.4.0
  • Assessment of the 1st/2nd support level activity after the TPM and DMSU merge happened in OCtober 2012
  • Final draft of the Usage Record 2.0 should be published at the end of January

2.3. Issues and mitigation

Issue Description Mitigation Description
WMS 3.4.0 deployed on 4 instances. Open tickets:

The update has been put on hold due to the discovery of a bug.
SAM-Nagios update 19. In case of updating perl-Directory-Queue to latest version failures in org.egee.RecvFromQueue has been observed due to operations not permitted in nagios2metricstore and msg-nagios-bridge dirs. A workaround has been provided that involves removing old data

rm -rf /var/spool/nagios2metricstore/*/* rm -rf /var/spool/msg-nagios-bridge/*/*

Failures on new check

Inflation in records in metricdata_spool due to the following bug

Patch has been provided in the release note (known issues section).