Report on the experience (or the proposed activity). It would be very important to mention key services which are essential for the success of your activity on the EGEE infrastructure.
The range of tools and information proposed by the CIC portal over the last 3 years has allowed major improvements in daily work and procedures for various actors. The best example of this being the work of "Grid Operators on Duty" (COD) who use the CIC portal as their central operational tool. Tools and procedures established to support their work have proven to be stable and scalable, as the number of sites they have been taking care of has been multiplied by 5 in less than 3 years. Key services essential to our activity (knowing that the CIC portal is in itself a key service for various grid activities) are numerous as the CIC portal is an integration platform. Indeed, it is interfaced to basic operational tools like GGUS, GOCDB, gstat, the grid's information system, FCR, and SAM. Finally, in order to ensure the High-Availability of their service, the "Grid Operators on Duty (COD)" have set-up internal working groups to elaborate, namely, failover processes of the tools they use.
Describe the added value of the Grid for the scientific/technical activity you (plan to) do on the Grid. This should include the scale of the activity and of the potential user community and the relevance for other scientific or business applications
The CIC portal added value to the Grid infrastructure is aimed at all the EGEE actors, whether scientist, VO or site manager, or grid operator. Indeed, each community has its own entry point to the portal.
The information on the operational state of the grid is filtered out and presented according to its usefulness to a particular community. The tools we will present to a given group of customers of the portal are those which could be useful to them, like VO ID card updates for VO managers, EGEE broadcasts for various communities, dashboards for grid operators and so on.
For instance, any new VO can immediately, directly and simply benefit from the portal: a given VO manager defines indeed its "VO ID card" in the portal, which is the starting point for any site administrator to configure and allow VOs' access to his sites' resources.
The scale of the activity is tied up to the regular EGEE operations and any new application or user community will find their interest in consulting it.
Describe the scientific/technical community and the scientific/technical activity using (planning to use) the EGEE infrastructure. A high-level description is needed (neither a detailed specialist report nor a list of references).
The CIC Portal, or Operations Portal, is conceived to be useful to any grid user, but also to VO-, ROC-, and site managers. Namely, information about available resources, existing VOs and their requirements is available. Moreover, grid wide communication tools are there to ease up operations and broadcast relevant info in a transversal way to the different communities involved in EGEE operations. The demo shows how to access and use all this; it will also adress questions and record feedback.
Abstracts for online demonstrations must provide a summary of the demo content. Places for demos are limited and this summary will be used as part of the selection procedure. Please include the visual impact of the demo and highlight any specific requirements (e.g. network connection). In general, a successful demo is expected to have some supporting material (poster) and be capable of running on a single screen or projector.
Interacting with the demonstrators, different actors of the grid will learn:
- what operational info is available to them and demonstrators will then get the feedback on the ones they actually find the most useful.
- how to access this info;
- which tools are available, what benefit they get out of them;
- which procedures and workflows are implemented to ease daily work in operations. In particular, VO managers will see how to use the VO ID card for registering a new VO or updating its information; site administrators may discover tools like alert notification for SAM tests or the user tracking tool; users may grasp what resources are actually available for their VO.
Moreover, posters show screenshots on the scenariis we elaborated to illustrate functionalities that each specific group of users may access, as well as schemas explaining the basic workflows implemented in the operations portal.
Logistic specifications are: network, flat screen, 2 tables, 4 chairs, support for posters.