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The Advanced Resource Connector (ARC) middleware is an Open Source software solution to enable distributed computing infrastructures with the emphasis on processing large volumes of data. ARC provides an abstraction layer over computational resources, complete with input and output data movement functionalities. The security model of ARC is identical to that of Grid solutions, relying on delegation of user credentials and the concept of Virtual Organisations. ARC also provides client tools, as well as API in C++, Python and Java.
This release comes with quite a large set of enhancements and improvements.
Bug 3841 (jobs piling up in FINISHING state) which one known site suffers with, is proving resilient. We believe that a busy file system hosting the job's session directory had strong negative impact on the data staging. This needs more investigation and future development to optimize the load on session directories.
However bug 3890 related to xrootd transfers, which had to be reverted in release 6.4.1, is now solved.
Future Support of ARC 5-series
Now that ARC 6 is released, we will only provide security updates of ARC 5.
- No new feature development is planned or going on for ARC5 and no bug-fixing development will happen on ARC5 code base in the future except for security issues.
- Security fixes for ARC5 will be provided till end of June 2020.
- Production Sites already running ARC 5 will be able to get deployment and configuration troubleshooting help via GGUS till end June 2021. This we call "operational site support".
- ARC5 is available in EPEL7 and will stay there. EPEL8 will only contain ARC 6.
The CernVM File System provides a scalable, reliable and low-maintenance software distribution service. It was developed to assist High Energy Physics (HEP) collaborations to deploy software on the worldwide-distributed computing infrastructure used to run data processing applications. CernVM-FS is implemented as a POSIX read-only file system in user space (a FUSE module). Files and directories are hosted on standard web servers and mounted in the universal namespace /cvmfs.
CernVM-FS 2.4 is a feature release that comes with performance improvements, new functionality, and bugfixes. Please find detailed release notes in the technical documentation.
dCache provides a system for storing and retrieving huge amounts of data, distributed among a large number of heterogeneous server nodes, under a single virtual filesystem tree with a variety of standard access methods.
Detailed release notes on the official product site: https://www.dcache.org/downloads/1.9/release-notes-5.2.shtml
GFAL (Grid File Access Library ) is a C library providing an abstraction layer of the grid storage system complexity. The version 2 of GFAL tries to simplify at the maximum the file operations in a distributed environment. The complexity of the grid is hidden from the client side behind a simple common POSIX API.
Detailed release notes at http://dmc.web.cern.ch/release/gfal2-2.17.1
The StoRM Product Team is pleased to announce the release of StoRM 1.11.17 that includes the following updated components:
This release introduces the support on CentOS 7 for StoRM WebDAV and StoRM GridFTP. Please, follow the upgrade instructions.
Read the release notes for more details.
XRootD software framework is a fully generic suite for fast, low latency and scalable data access, which can serve natively any kind of data, organized as a hierarchical filesystem-like namespace, based on the concept of directory. As a general rule, particular emphasis has been put in the quality of the core software parts.
Detailled release notes at https://github.com/xrootd/xrootd/blob/v4.11.1/docs/ReleaseNotes.txt