NGI International Task Review MS109 Switzerland

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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 User requirements are usually gathered in direct interaction with the users and user groups. 3 It could be useful to better know about user requirements in other NGI's, in order to match them with similar requirements here.
NA3.3N U-N-14 U-N-15 Application Database AppDB is being populated with some applications from users. 3 Ensure that the entries in AppDB are available to new users and maintained.
NA3.3N U-N-16 U-N-17 Training Profit from training sessions at conferences. Grid School on a yearly basis. No e-trainings available. 3 Make more use of EGI training database .
NA3.3N U-N-12 U-N-18 U-N-19 Consultancy Consultancy is mainly done through the helpdesk system. 3 Try to improve compatibility with national systems by shibboleth introduction.

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 Contact with users and potential users, participation in surveys from EGI 4 As these are weak criteria, they can always be improved
SA1.1N O-N-9 Operations Coordination Operations Coordination at a national level is done through weekly phoneconfs in SMSCG. Presence at OMB's can be achieved and informations can be circulated. 4 European and national infrastructure should be brought closer to each other.
SA1.2N O-N-9 Security System administrators are highly aware of risks and vigilant. National CERT team is directly involved in Grid activities. Information channels are working well. 5 Optimize feedback on updates at sites

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 Sites are participating as early adopters for specific components they operate or know. 5 N/A
SA1.4N O-N-3 Monitoring Nagios requirements have recently been submitted 4 Ensure smooth operation of many different Nagios boxes with slightly different purposes and scopes.
SA1.5N O-N-2 Accounting Options and tasks for NGI whithin EGI still somewhat unclear. National level: work with SGAS. 3 EGI Accounting should provide information on the usage of the infrastructure binned by employing institution across national boundaries.
SA1.4N O-N-1 O-N-4 Configuration Repository and Operations Portal There's no intention to use localized instances of GOCDB or Operations Portal 5 N/A
SA1.6N SA1.7N O-N-6 O-N-7 Helpdesk Using nationalized xGUS instance is currently under discussion 4 Will find out whether xGUS instance can be shibbolized
SA1.8N O-N-5 O-N-8 Core Services All necessary core services are in place 5 N/A

Other (Table 4)

Table 4: NGI Assessment: Other
EGI-InSPIRE EGI_DS Name Assessment Score How to Improve
NA2.3N Policy Development The national Swiss grid infrastructure (SMSCG) has adopted policies that are very close to the EGI policies and further harmonization is foreseen. 4 Further harmonization on an "as-needed/whereever-possible" basis.
NA2.2N E-N-2 Dissemination Dissemination done through the Swiss National Grid Association (SwiNG). It has been found hard to effectively communicate important information to all relevant stakeholders due to the fragmented structure of the Swiss higher education sector. 2 Closer contact to user communities and address their needs and requirements.