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Activity Reports


  1. Milestones and Deliverables
    • Progressing MS801 for delivery to PMB this week and final despatch next week
    • gathering QR14 inputs
    • preparing table of outstanding work till current end of InSPIRE.



  1. News Items/Articles
  2. Case Studies
  3. Media mentions
  4. Events
    • Attending ICT2013 in Vilnius
  5. Community Forum CF14 (RMcL)
    • Setting up of PC. Contacting no show invited members individually - Doodle poll for 1st meeting on 15 Nov
    • Setting up agenda for site visit
    • preparing and participating in LOC meeting
    • Follow up on C4Me issues
    • Developing/refining/sharing room allocation tables
    • Keynote speakers
  6. H2020 workshop (RMcL)
    • progressing invitation to participate and various other issues
  7. Human Networks
    • Meeting with CG and RMcL about handover of various activities
    • Investigated and chased various Champions Travel Request issues (RMcL)
    • Proposed funding Champ travel for H2020 workshop (RMcL)
  8. Webinars (RMcL)
    • Arranged and conducted webinar on High Throughput Data for ENVRI
    • Updating Procedure sheet for webinars.
    • Edit and Upload of recorded webinar to DocDB and Indico.
  9. Other Projects
    • Providing Social Media coverage for CloudWATCH
  10. Deliverables/Milestones
    • Provided input to QR14 and attendant slide
  11. Staffing
    • Outreach Officer and Graphic designers role filled. Successful candidates start later this month
  12. Other
    • Created first draft of white paper on the "Community networks and support” solution


Major work done during the past week by task

  • ICT2013: prepared presentation for OpenAIRE slot, prepared slide set for networking session on integrating e-Infrastructures
  • DoW change: prepared suggested changes for DoW for PY4/PY5
  • EGI tagline: planned preparatory material and meeting to discuss next tagline
  • EGI H2020 Workshop: contribution to structuring the agenda

Major Events Attended

  • (Sy) FedSM 1st Project Review, 29-30 Oct 2013, Bruxelles
  • (Sergio) e-IRG Workshop, 4-5 Nov 2013, Vilnius

Major Events Planned

  • (Sergio) ICT2013, 6-8 Nov 2013, Vilnius
  • (Sergio, Sy, Carmela), EGI workshop, 4-6 Dec 2013, Amsterdam
  • (Carmela?) CoPoRi Workshop, 4 Dec 2013, Brussels
  • (Sergio?) Helix Nebula F2F Meeting: Suppliers & Users, 4 Dec 2013, Brussels

Technical Outreach to New Communities



  1. AppDB
    • Start assessment of OpenAIRE API to connect AppDB with OpenAIRE (scientific publications)
    • Engagement with: gCube framework team, and Bin2Xcor2sac team
  2. Science Gateway Primer: meeting with Silvia Olabarriaga group; discuss the anatomy of SG's and sync activities.
  1. Webex bookings, indico setup
    • support for Ingemar (setting up JDK/Firefox support was provided)
  2. Investigation of requirements from George Mikuchadze
    • Finding suitable VO (most suitable is DRIHM.EU, can we contact Christian Straube - VO manager ?)
    • Requirements:
      • 1. Local area weather forecast models such as WRF-ARW/NMM (8-16 CPUs)
      • 2. Quantum chemical calculation of macromolecules such as DNA (4 or 8 pair nucleotides) using DFT methods (16-64 CPUs)
      • 3. Interaction of plasma with high intensive laser beams using openmp (maximum number of CPUs per WN)
      • 4. The needed storage space is approx. 5 GB."
  3. PPT TNA2.1/TNA1.7 unspent effort calculation
  4. Survey for NILs summary
  5. and EGI SSO
    • GGUS user support (Mario Rucio from CERN) for using


  1. Autumn newsletter proof reading contribution (BioVeL / OpenBio / EGI collaboration)
  2. ENM Play Day
    • Manage 2nd Play Day (15th Nov. 2013 @ 15 CET)
    • Manage 1st Play Day post-mortem topics: ENM WF dependencies; WF tests.
  3. R @ EGI: disseminate findings;engage BioVeL with UNICORE team
  4. EUBON use case meeting


  1. Finding data providers for the 4 ER-flow communities
  2. additional data about VREs

AppDB (dd/mm/yyyy)

CRM (dd/mm/yyyy)

TMP (dd/mm/yyyy)





  • URT meeting chaired and agenda preparation
  • Discussions with WLCG about common middleware testing (still nothing defined)
  • Defined Cloud activities for PY5
  • Follow up with release-related issues


  • Created new repo for configuration templates
  • Working on specific QCG tests.


Verification status:

  • WN 3.0.1 UMD3 (SL5/SL6) #6290 # 6289: Verified
  • UI 3.0.3 UMD3 (SL5/SL6) #6291 #6292: Verified
  • blah 1.20.3 UMD3 (SL5/SL6) #6187 #6188: Verified
  • CREAM 1.16.2 UMD3 (SL5/SL6) #6177 #6186: Verified
  • canl 2.1.4 UMD3 (SL5/SL6) #6173 #6174: Verified
  • SiteBDII UMD2 (SL5/SL6): Verified

RC testing:

  • Tested UMD2.7.2/UMD2.7.1 RCs

New QCv6:


  • Discussion with SVG for an AppDB space for the provisioning of Security patches



The Liferay mini project has completed most of its work, and is extending the scope towards authentication in Liferay and a more thorough evaluaiton of Liferay for replacing the current backoffice. The rOCCI project is continuously fixing bugs and extending the test coverage. The CDMI mini project is releasing the command line client, and the extending documentation and examples. The Slipstream OCCI connector is upgraded to support Slipstream API v2; Slipstream needs to support Ruby runtime since the connector is incorporating the rOCCI client. The AppDeployment team is testing OCCI in OpenStack Havanna, and further implementing the frontend. The CloudCapabilities team is encountering software license issues in private images, which needs to be properly added into the AUP.

TSA4.1 - Management

  • Collecting weekly reporting
  • MS801 review


no report given

TSA4.3 - Liferay

  • Discussed the miniproject status among all three partners at a videoconference.
  • INFN finished work, will contact shepherd to ask whether to reserch "umbrella authentication".
  • SZTAKI finished work, produced its part of the deliverable.
  • CESNET is in the middle of its planned effort, more deep evaluation of Liferay features that may eventually replace the current backoffice implementations is performed.

TSA4.4 - OCCI for CMF

rOCCI framework
  • extended test coverage to improve QA on rOCCI-core (continuous, right now focusing on Occi::Collection and Occi::Model coverage)
  • a bunch of fixes for bugs discovered while implementing the server
  • working on a reference backend, towards the first alpha version
  • added a request parser
  • added Occi::Model integration (i.e. the server now correctly responds to GET /-/)
  • added support for resource_tpl and os_tpl for the dummy backend
  • continuously adding docs and unit tests (specs) for implemented features
ToDo for next week
  • continue working on rOCCI-server backends
  • in parallel, continue extending test coverage on rOCCI framework, primarily rOCCI-core
  • None (yet :-))
  • Still approx. one month (= Florian's contribution), no further delay

TSA4.5 - CDMI in CMF

  • From Nov 1 the effort is back.
Plans for the next period:
  • cli release
  • documentation of usage examples + deployment examples
Problems we encounter, but can solve:
  • 1.75 month delay caused by effort rescheduling
Problems and issues we need external help with:


TSA4.6 - OCCI CompClouds

  • Upgrading OCCI connector to SlipStream v2. Needed to support Ruby runtime, since using rOCCI
  • New connector will be enabled in the next upgrade of SlipStream v2 instance for Helix Nebula
Problems we encounter, but can solve:


Problems and issues we need external help with:


TSA4.7 - AppDeployment

  • Frontend development
  • Testing OCCI in OpenStack Havana
Plans for next week:
  • Continue with development of frontend

TSA4.8 - CloudCapabilities

  • Tried to shrink PeachNote image. Found out general size problems with Windows versions after and including Windows 7, making images awkwardly large. Documented issues in the Wiki. There are some other issues with this use case, some technical (stalled recognition process), some about licensing (at least Windows Server 2008 and SmartScore X2 Pro).
  • Contacting BNCweb about purpose and installation method of their image. There may also be an issue about licensing here, as the data (corpus) has a non-free license.
  • WeNMR: updated Gromacs image to include PyMol as described in their use case #1.
  • Checked on DCH-RP community once more, inspired by their workshop that was held in Rome.
Plans for next week
  • We'll need to solve licensing issues, not only for operating systems, but also for installed software. Will check whether this is part of the proposes AUP, as responsibility for license violations among users and resource providers must be clarified.
Problems we encountered, but can solve in the mini-project:
  • What's the exact purpose of the BNCweb application, how is the image going to be used? There's no real description of the use case.
Problems and issues we need external help with:
  • Licensing issues need to be dealt with in a broader scope, i.e. FedClouds and the AUP.


bi-weekly reporting

TSA4.10 - CompReports

  • [Ops] Installation guide for Lavoisier
  • [Ops] Installation guide for Hadoop
  • [Ops] Repackage the A/R compute package
  • [Ops] Automation of the packaging
  • [Sync] Reference implementation of the hepspec sync component
  • [WebUI] Improve the selection of granularity
Plans for next sprint
  • [Ops] Packaging for the WebAPI
  • [Sync] Add license text to all code artifacts (Sync Components)
  • [Sync] Update the library on the production instance
  • [CompEng] Support the use of Availability Profiles in the computations
  • [CompEng] Support the use of custom factors in the Availability Profiles
  • [WebUI] Web page to compare the results between CERN and us at any time
Problems we encountered, but can solve:


Problems and issues we need external help with


TSA4.12 - AllocateFedRes

bi-weekly reporting


Report: Inspire_jra1_2013-11-05