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Quarterly Report Number NGI Name Partner Name Author
QR 12 NG-CH Switzerland Sigve Haug


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Date Location Title Participants Outcome (Short report & Indico URL)
2013-03-21 Lugano (CSCS) CHIPP-CSCS/NGI-CH ~20 -
2013-03-12/13 UZH Python training organized at UZH. 15
2013-02-26 UNIBE ARC Tutorial ~20 -


Date Location Title Participants Outcome (Short report & Indico URL)
2013-04 Manchester EGI CF, Council, etc 3 from NGI-CH


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1 Progress Summary

  - Good experiences with running all dcache services (including head node and postgresql) on our
    VMware/Netapp based virtualization environment.
  - Middleware upgrades
    - Upgraded WNs middleware to version: emi-wn-2.6.0-1_v1
    - Reinstalled 10 SL5 UIs with middleware version: emi-ui-2.0.1-1.el5
  - Storage element (dcache) upgrades
    - PostgreSQL upgraded from 9.2.2 to 9.2.3
    - dCache 1.9.12 to new golden release 2.2
    - upgrade to upcoming new golden release 2.6 planned for Q1/2014
    - gave users NFSv3 read only access to the file meta data
    - scripts for generating local dcache configuration (gplazma2)
      from LDAP user information
    - used space calculations for users, groups, directories implemented
      inside of postgresql
    - currently implementing soft quotas (i.e. notificatons) based on the
  space calculations

2.2. Main Achievements

  - dCache upgraded to the current golden release 2.2, full virtualization
  of the service

UZH Nothing to report


 2.1. Progress Summary
 Stable operations with some short-term glitches reported below
 - M. Rolli started at 1st of March as the new man in charge for UNIBE-ID after D. Gurtner left at end of January
 - replaced some defective hardware (switch, memory modules)
 2.2. Main Achievements
 - Familiarisation with UNIBE-ID and improvements in its documentation
 - Started planning and scheduling of relocation of UNIBE-ID to a new, bigger server room (QR14)
 - Started planning further expansion of UNIBE-ID (after relocation and next year)
 2.3 Issues and mitigation
 - One weekend downtime after emergency shutdown due to cooling outage of external supplier
 - 2h outage due to power loss caused by defective high-voltage cable which affected a whole district in Bern
 - Short breakage of atlas jobs due to cvmfs proxy outage; proxy settings now setup redundant


 2.1. Progress Summary
 Stable operations, with some short-term glitches reported below.
 - Fixed stability problems of new machines under SLC5
 - Replaced CPU in one new machine, replaced two disks in different disk servers
 2.2. Main Achievements
 - Common computing plans for 2013-2014 discussed between Bern and Geneva groups, priorities established
 - Understood performance issues of the 'mclimits' application
 - Studied performance scaling of ROOT benchmarks on 16 and 32-core AMD machines
 - Started preparing worker node config with SLC6
 - Started upgrading ganglia monitoring 
 2.3. Issues and mitigation
 - One day of cooling problems, an emergency shutdown.
 - Crashes of processes in the DPM SE on two occasions. Running with core dumps enabled now.
 - The issue of Solaris disk servers is still there, as reported before. 

UNIBE-LHEP Nothing reported