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(CLOSED) Federation of NGI services and central coordination


The NGI operations sustainability survey provides indications of little progress in securing new funding to support national operations services to compensate the end of EC funding expected after April 2014 with the end of EGI-InSPIRE. Through EGI-InSPIRE EC currently contribute to the 33% of the operational costs of national grid infrastructures.

Costs of running operations can be partly reduced by sharing operational services with other NGIs and by increasing their efficiency by centrally coordinating the deployment of core services. With this survey we aim at collecting NGI expressions of interest in exploring some of these deployment scenarios in preparation to the end of EGI-InSPIRE. The results of this survey will be used to plan actions for a transition to the period after EGI-InSPIRE.


Please participate to the survey by submitting your contribution. Click here to take survey.

PDF version of the survey. It is a fill-in form PDF (Acrobat Reader X allows to save forms) and can be used for your convenience, but submit your official answer using the online survey.


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(CLOSED) Sustainability of the EGI/NGIs operations service


With this survey, we aim to collect information about the sustainability of NGI operations services and EGI global operations services beyond 2014.

Information gathered through this survey will be used: - to provide information for D4.7 'Sustainability assessment of operational services' - to prepare the workshop on the sustainability of national infrastructures planned for the next EGI Technical Forum (see workshop description) - to evolve operations in the coming two years of EGI-InSPIRE towards a more sustainable model


Please participate to the survey by submitting your contribution here.

You can find a PDF version of the survey here. It is a fill-in form PDF (Acrobat Reader X allows to save forms) and can be used for your convenience, but submit your official answer using the online survey.

(CLOSED) Resource Allocation Policies


Support of new international user communities across EGI requires the access to a portion of resources at NGI and Resource Centre level. However, policies for capacity allocation differ greatly across NGIs, and in some cases across Resource Centres of a given NGI. Purpose of this survey is to collect information about individual policies in use for better capacity management across EGI.

ITIL defines capacity management as The Process responsible for ensuring that the Capacity of IT Services and the IT Infrastructure is able to deliver agreed Service Level Targets in a Cost Effective and timely manner. Capacity Management considers all Resources required to deliver the IT Service, and plans for short-, medium- and long-term Business Requirements.

The survey is targeted to NGI Operations Managers. Operations Managers are requested to collect information from individual site operations managers, in case of policies which differ across sites in the NGI.


Please participate to the survey by submitting your contribution (1 reply per NGI) here. Feedback must be provided involving sites, if resource allocation policies are site-specific.


(CLOSED) Usage and future maintenance of deployed software


Several EC-funded projects that are sourcing code currently deployed in the EGI production infrastructure, will terminate in 2013. Among these are EMI (ARC, dCache, gLite, UNICORE) and IGE (Globus). EGI needs to define the list of software products whose maintenance and supported is considered to be high priority in order to ensure service continuation to the end-users. The information collected through this survey is of great importance, and will be used by EGI to define a software support plan. Please make sure that your input to the survey is accurate and correctly reflects the position of your community. Purpose of this survey is to:

This survey is targeted to virtual research communities and resource infrastructure providers (EIROs and NGIs, 1 reply per NGI/EIRO), who are responsible of collecting information from their users and resource centres respectively.


Please participate to the survey by submitting your contribution here (Please, read carefully the overview and the instructions).

You can find here a PDF version of the survey.


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(CLOSED) Platform, software and VM deployment plans


Grid software is being provided for multiple OS platforms. For example, the number of platforms supported will increase with EMI 2.0, which is expected in Spring 2012: in EMI 2.0 it is expected that all products will be released for sl6, and a subset also for Debian. EGI operations consequently need to review the list of early adopter sites, to make sure that staged rollout resources are allocated for testing of software on the platforms of interest. In addition, EGI SA2 is deploying a new Market Place based on StratusLab. The new Market Place will include different Virtual Machines with different middleware services ready to be used, verified and tested by SA2 team. We need to assess your interest in this service.

All Resource infrastructure Providers are requested to consult with their site managers to define their priorities. Please provide your feedback according to the instructions below.


Please participate to this survey by supplying your input at here


(CLOSED) NGI International tasks and EGI Global Services

Overview NGI International Services

NGIs are requested to perform a self-assessment of the NGI operational services.

WORD version of survey


Overview: EGI Global Services

NGIs are requested to assess the performance of Global Services (operational ones). Input provided will be used for the yearly assessment of EGI Global Services in 2012 (milestone MS115). The survey addresses all operations Global Services, these are devided into four categories:

WORD version of survey



(CLOSED) SLURM support for CREAM


This survey is addressed to sites deploying gLite middleware to assess the interest in getting support of the SLRUM batch system in CREAM (the batch systems currently supported are LSF, PBS/Torque, SGE, this list does not include SLURM currently).SLRUM was reported in our community to be a viable replacement of PBS/Torque especially in large stes, thanks to its scalability and good functional capabilities.This survey aims to collect feedback from site managers in order to assess the need for support of SLURM in CREAM.We invite all sites deploying CREAM or who are planning to deploy CREAM, to participate to this survey (please coordinate participation internally and make sure that a single reply is submitted per site).The survey includes five questions, all in one page.



39 Sites would consider to replace their LRMS with SLURM if supported by CREAM

If you are planning a replacement of the current batch system, what are the reasons for this?

Note: Multiple answers were allowed

See also:

(CLOSED) LB capabilities, service management and auditing and gLite-CLUSTER




Q1:Do you need more platforms to be supported by EMI software, in addition to those already in use (SL5)?

Q2:Part One, Logging and Bookkeeping(Questions from 3 to 10)LB: Which services should be watched in the grid in addition to gLite WMS and CREAM, that are already supported by LB?

Q3:LB: What aggregated information would be useful (e.g. average queue traversal time, task failure rate etc.)?

Q4:LB: And at what level of aggregation (referring to the previous question)?

Q5: Would you leverage capturing dependencies among the tracked entities (e.g. to know that a computational jobs are blocked by failing transfers of their inputs, and to be able to discover detailsimmediately)?

Q6: What is the desired level of complexity of the queries on the service?

Q7: LB: What are the output formats to be supported

Q8: What modes of retrieving information are foreseen ?

Q9: For how long data about the task should be kept?

Q10: Part two, Remote Grid Service Management (questions from 11 to 20) RGSM:Do any of your Grid services come with capabilities to react certain conditions by adapting their behaviour?

Q11: According to your day-to-day experience, please describe typical service management scenarios. How is management performed?

Q12: Are there any management commands that can be performed on your Grid services that go beyond specific business logic (e.g. purge persistent data)?

Q13: What are the limits of your Grid service management capabilities?Is there a gap between the capabilities offered and your Grid service management needs?

Q14:Please list the 5 management commands you would need the most in your setup (e.g. start/stop services, deploy/un-deploy service, purge service data, dynamically change access rights..).

Q15:Which of those 5 management commands apply to all of your Grid services?

Q15:Out of your day-by-day eperience, how many services do you really need to manage remotely?

Q16:are you capable of (un)deploy Grid services at runtime?

Q17:If you're deploying stateful Grid services in a site: does the Grid service interface support Grid service state deletion?

Q18:What kind of setup would you prefer for remotely managing your Grid services?

Q19:Part three, Grid Service Auditing (questions from 21 to 26). GSA: What kind of data are you already collecting about your Grid services and how are you doing it?

Q20:For which services auditing of service status is important?(service status: workload, queue status, etc..)

Q21:For each service above, which data is mainly useful?

Q22:For each service above, which data is mainly useful?

Q23:Are the current service auditing capabilities sufficient, or should this be improved?

Q24:Should status data be automatically archived?

Q25:Part four, glite-CLUSTER (questions from 27 to 29). gC: How many sites in your NGI/EIRO have heterogeneous clusters, or multiple sub clusters (disjoint sets of workernodes, each set having sufficiently homogeneous properties), or multiple CEs?

Q26: gC: How many of those sites reported difficulties in configuring their CEs, in order to properly publish their site capacity?

Q27:Given that gLite-CLUSTER is released only for lgc-CE, how many sites in your NGI/EIRO are interested in usinge the gLite-CLUSTER capability?

(CLOSED) Batch systems current deployment scenario in the EGI infrastructure


Purpose of this survey is to understand what are the batch systems currently mostly deployed.

Results overview

Q1: Which are the batch systems currently deployed in your site? You can have a multiple choice.

Q3:Are you planning to replace the existing batch system in the near future? If so, please select the new one from the list below.

Q4:If you have faced integration issues between your local batch system and the deployed middleware, please tell us about them

(CLOSED) top-BDII deployment scenarios


Survey addressed to NGIs


Q1:Do you currently deploy a top-BDII service?

Q2: If not, are you planning to deploy one?

Q3: Your NGI current top-BDII deployment

Q4: Are you using failover at the client side using the top-BDII of another NGI?

Q5: Number of sites using the current top-BDII of your NGI

Q6: Top-BDII is a critical service that needs to be highly available. Various strategies to improve the robustness of the service are possible, such as a load balancing configuration implementing a cluster of top-BDIIs (within your infrastructure or shared with other Resource Infrastructures), or by deploying a list of alternative top-BDII instances at the client side. Both scenarios are mostly beneficial to small/medium NGIs where the amount or resources may not justify the deployment of an own top-BDII cluster. Are you interested in this? In case of sufficient interest, EGI can put effort in the definition of a top-BDII deployment model that addresses these needs.

(CLOSED) UMD current deployment scenario


In this survey we are collecting information about the level of deployment of UMD and EMI released services into the production infrastructure. The results of the survey will be presented in the next week EGI Technical Forum, and as such we set a deadline until next Monday 19 September 2011 at 12h00 (France time)


Survey closed.


Q1:List here which services (if any) did you deploy from the UMD repositories (, please include the service version.

Q2:List here which services (if any) did you deploy from the EMI repositories (, please include the service version.

Q3:Please, leave here additional comments

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