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NGI International Task Review MS109 Ireland

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This page contains the assessment of the NGI International Task at year 1 of the EGI-InSPIRE project (one page per NGI). The NGI representatives are required to fill the tables according to the required information. The content will be integral part of the EGI-InSPIRE milestone MS109 "NGI International Task Review"

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User Services

Human Services (Table 1)

Table 1: NGI Assessment: User Services >> Human Services
EGI-InSPIRE EGI_DS Name Assessment Score How to Improve
NA3.3N U-N-3 U-N-13 Requirements Gathering NGI does not have a specific requirements-gathering task/service. When required, the NGI provides input, e.g. to USCT. 3 Training on requirements gathering for user support.
NA3.3N U-N-14 U-N-15 Application Database NGI use's EGI application database. No effort or plans to contribute to its development. 3 -
NA3.3N U-N-16 U-N-17 Training NGI provides some online training. Very little funding/effort available (4PM over 4 years, shared with other user services). 2 NGI could leverage Training Marketplace.
NA3.3N U-N-12 U-N-18 U-N-19 Consultancy NGI provides informal consultancy to assist NGI users get involved. 3 Develop internal procedure for consultancy.

Operations Services

Human Services (Table 2)

Table 2: NGI Assessment: Operations Services >> Human Services
EGI-InSPIRE EGI_DS Name Assessment Score How to Improve
SA1.4N O-N-9 Requirements Gathering NGI does not have a specific requirements-gathering task/service. When required, the NGI provides input, e.g. to OMB. 3 Training on requirements gathering for operations.
SA1.1N O-N-9 Operations Coordination NGI participates in the OMB and coordinates national NGI operations (largely centrally managed). Funding appears to be adequate for coordination. 4 -
SA1.2N O-N-9 Security Good participation from NGI participants in CSIRT (including IRTF as Duty Contact), SPG and national improvements. Effort is moderate (18PM over 4 years), but ideally could be increased to the level of one full-time person for local and NGI security. Effort is being put into work to improve and simplify security-related items for operators and users. 4 -

Infrastructure Services (Table 3)

Table 3: NGI Assessment: Operations Services >> Infrastructure Services
EGI-InSPIRE EGI_DS Name Assessment Score How to Improve
SA1.3N O-N-9 Software Rollout NGI_IE participates as early adopter for MPI utilities. We aim to expand involvement in this role. Our ability to roll out new software is related to progress within the Quattor community. 3 Additional support that could be given to Quattor-using NGIs would be appreciated.
SA1.4N O-N-3 Monitoring NGI_IE runs local monitoring instances and engages with our UK colleagues who operate a regional instance for the UK and Ireland. The service is sustainable. 4 -
SA1.5N O-N-2 Accounting NGI_IE has migrated EGI-connected sites to Active MQ. 4 -
SA1.4N O-N-1 O-N-4 Configuration Repository and Operations Portal NGI_IE makes use of GOCDB: some information is still to be transitioned from previous ROC structure. There are no plans for a regional GOCDB. 4 Separation of "read" and "write" portions of GOCDB appears unnecessary from a user's perspective. There appear to be some data validation/quality issues (e.g. old data can contain apostrophes but new personal name entries may not contain apostrophes (despite it being a common character in names))
SA1.6N SA1.7N O-N-6 O-N-7 Helpdesk NGI_IE makes use of GGUS directly and also a national RT system (currently the two are not integrated). 4 -
SA1.8N O-N-5 O-N-8 Core Services NGI_IE operates a VOMS service and other "central" grid services (WMS, BDII) serving projects with an Irish connection. 4 -

Other (Table 4)

Table 4: NGI Assessment: Other
EGI-InSPIRE EGI_DS Name Assessment Score How to Improve
NA2.3N Policy Development NGI participants are contributing to SPG, other EGI policy (D2.6) and other bodies (IGTF). Funding is constrained (3pm over 4 years of EGI-InSPIRE): sufficient for Ireland's current effort, but it limits plans for further policy development. It will be necessary to allocate effort for policy in future funding. 3 Policy task leaders could solicit input from NGIs.
NA2.2N E-N-2 Dissemination NGI participants have made some progress, updating web sites and highlighting EGI in relevant national presentations. Electronic and real-world dissemination could be improved but effort is constrained (3pm over 4 years of EGI-InSPIRE) and there is no additional funding for real-world dissemination materials. This activity should have greater priority (and hence effort) nationally. 2 Task leaders could remind NGIs of available resources and approaches, and encourage effort in this area.