EGI-InSPIRE:Amb 2014-01-28

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Activity Reports




  1. Media mentions

NA2.3 Strategic Planning and Policy Support

Major work done

  • Pay for Use: preparatory call with two private partners, kick-off meeting, note taking and circulation, separate phone call with French SME, (
  • Solutions White Papers: improved structure for white papers, review in progress
  • Inspired newsletter: wrote article for Inspired newsletter
  • Participated in data and cloud steering committee
  • Brainstorming business associate program for EGI and dedicated VT to kick-start the activity
  • MoU with APARSEN: drafting
  • Attended NIL meeting

Major Events Attended

  • (Sergio) Info Day on Connecting Europe Facility, 15-16.01.2014, Luxembourg
  • (Sergio) Helix Nebula/EUDAT Meeting, 21.01.2014, CERN

Major Events Planned

  • (Sergio, Carmela) EU Space Conference, 28-29.02.2014, Brussels
  • (Carmela) CloudScape VI, 24-25.02.2014, Brussels
  • (Carmela) EC Info Day on Future Internet, 31.01.2014, Brussels
  • (Sy, Sergio) FedSM Working Meeting, 29-31.01.2014, Barcelona
  • (Sergio) Meeting at EC on structural funds and cloud, Brussels, 6.2.2014
  • (Sergio, Carmela) Info Days on Research Infrastructure WP, 13-14.20.2014, Brussels
  • (Carmela) CloudScape, 24-25.02.2014, Brussels

NA2.4 Events

NA2.5 Technical outreach


  • UCB meeting
  • NGI International Liaisons meeting
  • EGI Engagement Strategy scoping phase:
    • Support for DIRAC service at EGI (mailing list)
    • Meeting with a prospective NGS use case
  • Article about DCC (Inspire newsletter)
  • EGI robot usage knowledge transfer to Operations (Malgorzata)


  • Skype conference about ER-flow platform tutorials, hackathlon.
  • Nagios instance for VO
  • Configuring VAPOR for testing VO
  • ER-flow website proposed updates for the end users
  • Hands on using SSP latest portal within VO (certificate, environment setup, workflow creation and job submission)
  • Reporting bugs/issues to the SHIWA User Forum


  • ST-weekly meeting
  • Handle certificate problem for users

Major Events Planned

  • (Nuno) 2nd LifeWatch Operational/Working Meeting, 3-4.02.2014, Granada
  • (Gergely) BioVeL Strategy Workshop, 12-14.02.2014, Finland
  • (Gergely) ER-flow project meeting, 8-10.04.2014, Trieste





TSA4.1 - Management

  • weekly report collation
  • TSA4.12 is consistently too late with handing in reports, i.e. missing the AMB reporting deadlines.


bi-weekly reporting

TSA4.3 - Liferay

  • INFN finished work
  • SZTAKI finished work
  • CESNET continuing evaluation of the new version 6.2 of Liferay

TSA4.4 - OCCI for CMF

  • stable, released
  • feature freeze, testing & debugging
  • feature freeze, testing & debugging
  • private instance deployed at CESNET, testing in progress
  • moving towards public beta (scheduled site downtime for new week,

for necessary soft. & infra. upgrades)

  • working on installation & configuration docs
ToDo for next week
  • finish basic tests and move on to interoperability testing
  • in parallel, continue working on the rOCCI framework
  • None
  • Still approx. one month (== Florian's contribution), no further delay

TSA4.5 - CDMI in CMF

  • release of the 0.1 alpha version
  • new deployments at CESNET, BSC
  • bugfixes from feedback
  • development of openstack support. Solving technical issues relating

to the single-threaded server + blocking openstack-swift library takes longer.

Plans for the next period
  • release of 0.2 version with bugfixes + openstack support
  • work on API GUI for stoxy
  • expansion of cdmi probe
  • following back on DESY status.
Problems we encounter, but can solve
  • 1.3 month delay caused by effort rescheduling

TSA4.6 - OCCI CompClouds

  • no report given

TSA4.7 - AppDeployment

bi-weekly reporting

TSA4.8 - CloudCapabilities

bi-weekly reporting


  • Fixed problem of too long delay in the computing of the white list of CEs.
  • Code cleanness: improvement of comments in the code, clean up of files and properties.
  • Started the development of the next Data Management feature: handling of dark data and lost files: develop a dump file script i.e. recursively list the content of an SE using the GFAL2-python API.
  • Fixed a long lasting issue of excessive failure rate on JobMonitor: several issues were found:
    • Wrong synchronisation of the machine due to ntp port blocked by firewall.
    • GridFTP ports blocked by firewall.
    • JSAGA generated proxy certificate issue.
    • JAVA 7 incompatibility: on version until Jdk7u5 will manage to generate a proxy certificate.
Plans for next period
  • Keep on the development of the handling of dark data and lost files: make a diff between LFC and SE files using SE and LFC file dumps.
  • Re-check the results of the JobMonitor against the Nagios alarms to see if JobMonitor does no longer fail where Nagios probes work (follow-up of the issue fixed during the last period).
Problems we encounter, but can solve


Problems and issues we need external help with


TSA4.10 - CompReports


[CompEng] Local executions of calculation
[CompEng] Added license text
[CompEng] In progress: Support the use of Availability Profiles in the computations
[CompEng] In progress: Investigate the compute requirements for A/R
[WebUI] Web page to compare the results between CERN and us at any time
[WebUI] Enabled invalidation of caches via the programmatic interface
[Ops] In progress: Automation of the packaging
[Ops] In progress: Installation of Lavoisier on ~okeanos
[Ops] In progress: Automate the execution of the A/R computations
[Ops] Installation guide

Plans for next sprint

[CompEng] Re-iterate the validation of results
[CompEng] Support the use of Availability Profiles in the computations
[CompEng] Investigate the compute requirements for A/R
[WebUI] Management of recomputations
[WebUI] Management of availability profiles
[WebAPI] Return daily and monthly results for Service Flavors
[WebAPI] Scheduling of recomputations
[WebAPI] History of recomputations
[Ops] Automation of the packaging
[Ops] Installation of Lavoisier on ~okeanos
[Ops] Automate the execution of the A/R computations

Problems we encountered, but can solve


Problems and issues we need external help with


TSA4.12 - AllocateFedRes

bi-weekly reporting


Report: Inspire jra1 2014-01-28