NGI International Task Review MS109 France

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This page contains the assessment of the NGI International Task at year 1 of the EGI-InSPIRE project (one page per NGI). The NGI representatives are required to fill the tables according to the required information. The content will be integral part of the EGI-InSPIRE milestone MS109 "NGI International Task Review"

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User Services

Human Services (Table 1)

Table 1: NGI Assessment: User Services >> Human Services
EGI-InSPIRE EGI_DS Name Assessment Score How to Improve
NA3.3N U-N-3 U-N-13 Requirements Gathering Requirement gathering is done through a dedicated mailing list 3 There is scope for improvement by the establishment of a scalable process.
NA3.3N U-N-14 U-N-15 Application Database write here 0-5 write here
NA3.3N U-N-16 U-N-17 Training NGI_France has a dedicated training activity which organise regular training sessions for users and administrators alike 4 There is scope for improvement in the set-up of dedicated scalable training infrastructure and services concerning certification authority and security policies.
NA3.3N U-N-12 U-N-18 U-N-19 Consultancy write here 0-5 write here

Operations Services

Human Services (Table 2)

Table 2: NGI Assessment: Operations Services >> Human Services
EGI-InSPIRE EGI_DS Name Assessment Score How to Improve
SA1.4N O-N-9 Requirements Gathering Requirements are gathered per activity, following NGI initial operations model of working groups. There is also a requirement gathering process in place during our regular visio-conferences 3 A better formalism is needed, especially to handle gathered requirements (ideally could be interfaced with EGI RT system)
SA1.1N O-N-9 Operations Coordination Coordination is done through dedicated mailing lists, monthly visio-conferences and face to face meetings when appropriate. 3 Gathering urgent feedback from sites is sometimes difficult
SA1.2N O-N-9 Security NGI security officers team is distributed and is working well overall. Security workshops with sites have been held regularly : Integration of security within certification process has been achieved. 4 Improvement through a national security monitoring framework set-up

Infrastructure Services (Table 3)

Table 3: NGI Assessment: Operations Services >> Infrastructure Services
EGI-InSPIRE EGI_DS Name Assessment Score How to Improve
SA1.3N O-N-9 Software Rollout NGI_FRANCE is early adopter for 4 components 3 Communication channel and technical information between local experts in France and s/w provider could be reinforced
SA1.4N O-N-3 Monitoring National Nagios is fully operational. It is hosted at IN2P3-CC and its administration is currently shared between 4 sites. A nagios instance has also been deployed for specific VO monitoring in collaboration with the Biomed VO. Also, Network Monitoring (improvement of netjobs) & Network Troubleshooting (HINT s/w) has been delivered additionnally by NGI_France 4 There is scope for improvement in the deployment of monitoring instances for test infrastructures
SA1.5N O-N-2 Accounting A national accounting DB gathers accounting records for all French sites. They are then published to the central repository through a single glite-APPEL node. One site (IN2P3-CC) publishes to the central repository through direct insertion. 4 The national DB gives scope to the establishment of a national accounting server. Direct publication for IN2P3-CC will be replaced by summary publication through Messaging
SA1.4N O-N-1 O-N-4 Configuration Repository and Operations Portal NGI_France uses the central GOCDB and the central Operations Portal/Dashboard. Participation of France in the regionalization Task Force. 4 There is scope to use the regional GOCDB when it is available.
SA1.6N SA1.7N O-N-6 O-N-7 Helpdesk NGI_France operates through a local helpdesk (Xhelp) interfaced with GGUS. 3 Better coupling of local and central helpdesk is needed. Also, local helpdesk is specific to one site and this is not a sustainable solution in the long-run.
SA1.8N O-N-5 O-N-8 Core Services 2 Nagios box HA configured, 2 top bdii HA configured, LFC and VOMS configured for international VOs. Since EGEE, effort has been set on the Nagios set-up and the virtualization. 4 There is scope for improvement in the virtualization of most services - Nagios, Bdii, VOMS already done namely at IN2P3-CC.

Other (Table 4)

Table 4: NGI Assessment: Other
EGI-InSPIRE EGI_DS Name Assessment Score How to Improve
NA2.3N Policy Development NGI_France has been actively developing a technical roadmap that includes security and resource allocation policies 4 resource allocation policy at NGI level to be discussed at EGI level to harmonize policies among NGIs. France is involved in the EGI council task force on user communities
NA2.2N E-N-2 Dissemination NGI_France is a very young NGI. In 2010, it has set up a unique entry point to all its services. The EGI Technical Forum will be the opportunity to make it more visible at a national level and to promote EGI in France 4 Better communication tools (posters, leaflets) are under design.More visibility is also needed in the media