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The goal of the Resource Allocation (RA) process is to reach an agreement between Customer and Provider concerning the parameters and conditions of use of resources.The RA process is useful for the Customers (VO representatives, individual users) because in a multi-provider EGI environment they have a single point of contact to ask for a share on resources. RA is also beneficial for Providers (Site Manager, NGI Manager) as it allows more effectively plan the use of resources and closer communication with Customers. 

The basic parameters of a RA contact are: duration and the amount of computing and /or storage resources. The EGI offer is expressed in a form of Resource Pools which are declared by Providers using common metrics. The Customers use the same metrics while describing their needs (resource request).


For basic terms used in Resource Allocation process, please go here


  • Customer - scientist involved in a science project requesting storage or computing resources in EGI, person signing SLA with Resource Provider
  • Broker - matchmaker and coordinator of RA process
  • Resource Provider -Site Manager or NGI Manager responsible for resource allocation on sites in their scope

Provider activities

Log in

Log in through GOCDB



After login to e-Grant you are directed to the dashboard. Here you can administrate yours Pools and handle OLAs.

First tab (Home)


arranges all OLAs concerning your site(s)

  • INBOX - contains SLAs awaiting for your action (negotiation, approval, rejection)
  • OUTBOX - contains SLA documents being negotiated and awaiting for Broker's action (negotiation, approval, rejection)
  • AGREED SLAs - documents containing allocations approved by you (Provider)
  • BINDING OLAs - documents with allocation being in place. OLAs change their status automatically from 'Agreed' to 'Binding' after Customers approval of RA Request.
  • DRAFTS - drafts of OLAs
  • STARRED - contains OLAs requiring special attention - starred by Provider.


Second tab (Pools)


allows to administrate Pools offered by Site:

  • creating new Pool
  • editing new Pool
  • capacity management for Pool Providers


Pool creation

1. Click “Create new pool” button. Egrant-create.png

2. Set general Pool properties

Basic information

  • Enabled/Disabled: Provider decides id a Pool is available for the Customer at the moment
  • Pool Type - defines the role of EGI Broker EGI Resource Provider in RA Process for a given resource Pool
    • Free hand: the broker, responsible of matching demand and offer, is free to allocate the resources from one RP Pool according to local criteria which aim to optimize usage of available resources and user demand. The Resource Provider delegates the responsibility of accepting a proposed resource allocation to the Broker.
    • Right to revoke: the broker matches demand and offer and defines a resource allocation proposal. The RP Pool Manager is responsible of accepting or rejecting the resource allocation proposal of the Broker (, in case of no reply to a Broker's proposal after a default time, the resource allocation proposal is considered to be accepted.
    • Negotiated: the broker matches demand and offer and defines a resource allocation proposal. The RP Pool Manager is responsible of accepting or rejecting the resource allocation proposal of the Broker ( and to explicitly accept or reject.
  • Quality of Service - Resource Provider can offer different types of access to resources according to its local policies and the user requirements:
    • Level C1: Opportunistic: Resources are not guaranteed and are subject to local availability.
    • Level C2: Time allocation: Resources are available in fair share-like mode for a fixed time period.
    • Level C3: Reserved allocation: Resources are exclusively reserved to the VO and the job will be executed immediately after submission.
  • Local Polices
  • Select Entity - Site which will deliver resources


When ready, click on "Save" button.

3. Edit pool details ('all relevant metrics should be filled'in)


According to resources offered by a Site, all metrics describing the resources must be specified.
4 different resource types can be offered (with regards to P4U activity):

  • HTC Computing
  • HTC Storage
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Storage

To add a resource type choose "Add resources and metrics" button.


To delete a resource type / non-required metric click on a delete button (cross) next to it.


General metrics

Start Date and End Date - when pool will be available for Customers

HTC Computing metrics

Metric name
'Max job duration'


Maximum execution time for a single job. After this time, the job can be interrupted by site administrator.

Example: For grant with Max Job Duration metric equal to 72h job using four slots will be canceled after 72 real time hours (the number of slots used by the task does NOT affect the task time)

The user can expect (require) that a task with a duration of less than defined in this metric will not be interrupted.

Min local storage


The minimum scratch space used in the calculations for each slot involved in job execution.
The User can expect that the amount of scratch space specified in this metric will be the minimum available for each slot allocated for the job. The usage of more scratch space than specified may not be possible.

Min physical memory per core


 The minimum RAM that can take a user application (job) on a single slot. The user can expect that if a job submitted uses no more RAM per slot than declared in the metric, it will be executed.

Opportunistic computing time


Computing time offered on opportunistic basis. Time specified in this metric is a subset of time specified in main metric Total computing time.
Supported middlewares  Middlewares supported in Site

Total computing time


Total computing time offered. This metric is obligatory for computing. By default time offered in this metric is guaranteed. In case metric Opportunistic computing time is specified, the amount of guaranteed time allocated is lowered by the amount of opportunistic time.

HTC Storage metrics

Metric name

'Opportunistic storage capacity'


The target limit of capacity intended to long-term storage of data, on the basis of guarantees.

'Total storage capacity'


By default capacity allocated in this metric is guaranteed. In case metric Opportunistic storage capacity is specified, the amount of guaranteed storage capacity is lowered by the amount of opportunistic capacity.

Cloud Computing metrics

Metric name

'Total number of virtual cores'


Total amount of computing capacity available for allocation measured in <i>virtual cores</i>. EGI virtual core is equal to EC2 virtual core (

'Virtual Machines (maximum)'


Maximum number of each type of resource template that may be hosted within your service.  This may take into account the physical characteristics of your facilities.
Small Virtual Machines

- Number of virtual cores < 2

- RAM [GB] < 2

- Scratch/ephemeral storage [GB] < 20

'Medium Virtual Machines'

- Number of virtual cores  < 4 (AND)

- RAM [GB] < 4 (AND)

- Scratch/ephemeral storage [GB] < 40

Large Virtual Machines

- Number of virtual cores < 8 (AND)

- RAM [GB] < 32 (AND)

- Scratch/ephemeral storage [GB] < 80

Extra Large Virtual Machines

- Number of virtual cores >= 8 (OR)

- RAM [GB] >= 32 (OR)

- Scratch/ephemeral storage [GB] >= 80

Allowed level of oversubscription

(0% - 50%)

What is the state level of over provisioning that you are utilising in CPU and possibly memory.

Cloud Storage metrics

Metric name



Total available storage volume made available to the user community, this should also note any over provisioning that is made of storage capability

High availability levels


Facilities or capabilities to provide high availability quality of service to user communities

Connectivity resilience


Does the underlying facility have multiple network routes of entry (another form but more specific of high availability).

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There is a lot of information marks next to the metrics inbox. When you point with mouse cursor on the mark the hint will show you like on example below: Engrant help3.jpg

When ready, choose "Save pool" button.

See youtube video

Editing Pools

1. Click "Edit" button. Egrant-edit.png

2. Change chosen metric values.


When ready, click "Save Pool" button.

See youtube video

OLA (re)negotiation and confirmation/rejection

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Provider can negotiate metrics in OLA.

PARTY is the actor who operates the procedure; OTHER PARTY means: P in case B runs the actions, or B in case P runs the actions;


  • OLA are IN-NEGOTIATION and proposal was received from OTHER PARTY


  • PARTY can agree on the proposal; then the OLA is set AGREED
  • PARTY can reject the proposal; then the OLA is set to CANCELLED
  • PARTY can send a new proposal (offer changes); then the OLA remains in IN-NEGOTIATION, the new proposal is sent to OTHER PARTY


Work instruction.

Activity handling in E-grant:

1. Choose one of the following actions:

  • Negotiate proposal - allows Provider to make a counter offer. Provider has 7 days from recieving OLA Proposal to conduct this action.
  • Accept proposal - finishes negotiation with resource allocation proposed by Broker (confirmation).
  • Reject - finishes negotiation with no resources allocated for Customer's SLA (rejection)


OLA life cycle

Provider edits OLA document. In the Figure there is a schema presenting OLA document flow between parties (P - provider, B - broker) and available states.


Capacity management

1. Click on "View Pool" button Egrant-viewpool.png

2. Check information about your Pool (resource metrics) along with resources allocated in your Site.


Help and Support

To avoid problems with using e-Grant remember about using HINTS:

HELP! Button with help is on the left side. It shows hints oriented on the each options like on the example below:

Egrant help1.jpg

Information marks. There is a lot of information marks next to the metrics inbox. When you point with mouse cursor on the mark the hint will show you like on example below:

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Contact with us. The staff at will support the applicant at any point of the process, from request creation to accessing the assigned resources. Please send your questions to: