NGI International Task Review MS109 Germany

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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 There is no tool on national level for this. Requirements are gathered through regular meetings: "Beirat" (board for communities), SuKo (User support coordination group), ... 3 Clearly defined interfaces between national tools (e.g. inside national help desk) and the central tool (EGI-RT) would be helpful.
NA3.3N U-N-14 U-N-15 Application Database NGI-DE started to register applications in the AppDB. 3 More dissemination of AppDB is needed.
NA3.3N U-N-16 U-N-17 Training NGI-DE hosts workshops and trainings, including GridKa School, one of the leading summer schools for Grid computing and e-science. 5 .
NA3.3N U-N-12 U-N-18 U-N-19 Consultancy NGI-DE is actively guiding new sites trough the process of certification. NGI-DE supports the users of the Earth Science HUC. Existing national Grid application projects always include dedicated resource providers with Grid consultants. 4 Consultancy on the international infrastructure needs to be provided to national projects.

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 There is no tool on national level for this. Requirements are gathered through regular meetings: ops meetings, "Beirat" (board for providers), SuKo (User support coordination group), ... 3 Clearly defined interfaces between national tools (e.g. inside national help desk) and the central tool (EGI-RT) would be helpful.
SA1.1N O-N-9 Operations Coordination NGI-DE has a fortnightly ops meeting to coordinate nationally and report to the German OMB member and from the OMB to the sites. NGI-DE regularly participates in the OMB meetings. 4 .
SA1.2N O-N-9 Security Overall security monitoring is good, since there is an active group of security officers in the NGI-DE, and coordination with DFN-CERT is operational at the national level. 4 Former EGEE sites have a named security contact, this has to be extended to all NGI-DE sites (Issue is covered by the certification process).

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-DE is actively participating in the staged roll-out process and is early adopter for some components. 4 .
SA1.4N O-N-3 Monitoring Monitoring of former EGEE sites and new NGI-DE sites is in production. 3 Integration of national and international sites into one monitoring. Certification processes for sites with UNICORE 6, Globus Toolkit 4 and Globus Toolkit 5 is needed.
SA1.5N O-N-2 Accounting Accounting is active on a national level for all middlewares. Accouting data is published (if appropriate and possible) into the central database. 3 Integration of national and international sites into one accounting infrastructure. Publishing of accounting data is large data privacy protection issue for several communities in Germany.
SA1.4N O-N-1 O-N-4 Configuration Repository and Operations Portal NGI-DE is using the regionalized view of central Ops Portal. No plans to run a national portal. A national of GOCDB is currently being set up. 4 National GOCDB must be able to list national services and middleware not supported by EGI, but NGI-DE like community requested Globus Toolkit 4.
SA1.6N SA1.7N O-N-6 O-N-7 Helpdesk NGI-DE provides a joined help desk for EGI-InSPIRE and D-Grid in Germany and is synced with GGUS. There is also an archive for EGEE tickets of ROC-DECH (Germany/Switzerland). 5 It's already fully operational.
SA1.8N O-N-5 O-N-8 Core Services Core Services are active on a national level for all middlewares. National services are linked with central services, where applicable. 4 Better integration of new middlewares like Globus and UNICORE in EGI.

Other (Table 4)

Table 4: NGI Assessment: Other
EGI-InSPIRE EGI_DS Name Assessment Score How to Improve
NA2.3N Policy Development NGI-DE is active in EGI policy boards. Policies in Germany are based on German law and can be more restrictive then EGI policies, e.g. in the area of data privacy protection and non-proliferation. 4 Policies need to be further assessed to meet national requirements.
NA2.2N E-N-2 Dissemination NGI-DE focusses on pro-active dissemination of NGI-DE topics in the media, academia and in schools. Within NGI-DE, KIT acts as a single point of contact for journalists. We also participate in conferences and trade shows, wherever possible as partner of industry and science. NGI-DE also contributes to committes such as OGF. NGI-DE has already been presented at CeBIT and will be presented at OGF31/ISGC. 4 Links from http://www.egi.eu/ to http://www.ngi-de.eu/ and the other NGI web sites.