HEPiX Spring 2008

Europe/Zurich
503/1-001 - Council Chamber (CERN)

503/1-001 - Council Chamber

CERN

Route de Meyrin CH-1211 Genève 23 Switzerland
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Helge Meinhard (CERN)
Description
The HEPiX meetings bring together IT system support engineers from the High Energy Physics (HEP) laboratories and institutes, such as BNL, CERN, DESY, FNAL, IN2P3, INFN, JLAB, NIKHEF, RAL, SLAC, TRIUMF and others. They have been held regularly since 1991, and are an excellent source of information for IT specialists. That's why they enjoy large participation also from the non-HEP organizations.
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Participants
  • Alan Silverman
  • Alessio Curri
  • Alex Iribarren
  • Alexander Krieg
  • Alf Wachsmann
  • Anders Rhod Gregersen
  • Andreas Heiss
  • Andrei Maslennikov
  • Antonio Chan
  • Aurelie Reymund
  • Bjørn Nachtwey
  • Bryan Caron
  • Cecile Barbier
  • Chris Payne
  • christine leroy
  • Christof Hanke
  • Christopher Huhn
  • Chuck Boeheim
  • Dan Dengate
  • David Kelsey
  • Dirk Jahnke-Zumbusch
  • Enrico Mazzoni
  • Eric Fede
  • Eric Grancher
  • Fabienne Baud-Lavigne
  • Fatima Streit
  • FEDERICO CALZOLARI
  • Franco Brasolin
  • Gary Stiehr
  • Gian Piero Siroli
  • grigory rybkin
  • Guy Coates
  • Harry Renshall
  • Heiner Billich
  • Helga Schwendicke
  • Helge Meinhard
  • Ian Gable
  • iwona Sakrejda
  • jacques-charles Lafoucriere
  • Jan Kundrát
  • Jan Svec
  • Jhen-Wei Huang
  • John Gordon
  • Karin Miers
  • Kazimierz Popinski
  • Klaus Steinberger
  • Knut Woller
  • Lukas Fiala
  • Marc Rodriguez
  • Martin Bly
  • Mattias Wadenstein
  • Michel Jouvin
  • michele michelotto
  • Milos Lokajicek
  • Muriel Gougerot
  • Paul Kuipers
  • Pete Gronbech
  • Peter van der Reest
  • Peter Wegner
  • Phil Butcher
  • philippe olivero
  • Pierrick Micout
  • Randall Sobie
  • Riccardo Murri
  • Robert Petkus
  • Roger Oscarsson
  • Romain Wartel
  • Sandra Philpott
  • Sebastian Lopienski
  • Silke Halstenberg
  • Simon C. LIN
  • Stefan Haller
  • Stephan Wiesand
  • Steve Thorn
  • Steven McDonald
  • Thomas Bellman
  • Thomas Keutgen
  • Thomas Kress
  • Tibor Simko
  • Tim Bell
  • Tim SMITH
  • Tony Cass
  • Troy Dawson
  • Ulf Töter
  • Urs Beyerle
  • Valeri Markushin
  • Vicky, Pei-Hua Huang
  • Vladimir Sapunenko
  • Walter Schön
  • Wim Heubers
  • Wojciech Wojcik
  • Wolfgang Friebel
  • Yannick Patois
  • Yasemin Hauser
    • 1
      Status report on LHC and the Experiments 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      CERN

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      Speaker: Jos Engelen (CERN)
      Slides
    • 2
      Organisational matters 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      CERN

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      Speaker: Helge Meinhard (CERN)
      Slides
    • Site reports 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      503/1-001 - Council Chamber

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        GridKa Site Report
        We present the status of CPU and storage installations at the German WLCG Tier-1 centre GridKa as well as our experiences with benchmarks as acceptance test of worker node deliveries.
        Speaker: Andreas Heiss (FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE)
        Slides
      • 4
        LAL and GRIF Site Report
        Site report about LAL and GRIF
        Speaker: Michel Jouvin (LAL / IN2P3)
        Slides
      • 10:40 AM
        Coffee break
      • 5
        TRIUMF Site Report
        TRIUMF Site Report
        Speaker: Steven McDonald (TRIUMF)
        Slides
      • 6
        NDGF Site Report
        An overview of the current state at NDGF along with some interesting events at the various computing centers hosting the distributed parts of NDGF.
        Speaker: Mattias Wadenstein (NDGF)
        Slides
      • 7
        Status Report Finnish CMS-T2 HIP/CSC
        A report about implementation of dCache at CSC as a storage element for the CMS-T2 centre. Technical details about network, disk, monitoring and so on will be given. CSC provides for HIP some 100TB of disk storage for CMS-T2 and about 70 TB of disks with a tape-backend for the NDGF-Alice T1-centre. Internal and external network traffic is split on the network-level. The CE and the middleware situation is presented in less detail.
        Speaker: Christof Hanke (CSC ltd.)
      • 8
        RAL Site Report
        A report on developments at RAL since the last HEPiX.
        Speaker: Martin Bly (STFC/RAL)
        Slides
    • 12:30 PM
      Lunch break CERN restaurants

      CERN restaurants

      CERN

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    • Applications and operating systems 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      503/1-001 - Council Chamber

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      • 9
        Virtualisation with Windows at CERN
        Virtualisation with Windows at CERN
        Speaker: Juraj Sucik (CERN)
        Slides
      • 10
        Experience with Windows Vista at CERN
        Experience with Windows Vista at CERN
        Speaker: Rafal Otto (CERN)
        Slides
      • 11
        Lifecycle management of Windows desktop applications
        Lifecycle management of Windows desktop applications
        Speaker: Sebastien Dellabella (CERN)
      • 3:30 PM
        Coffee break
      • 12
        Scientific Linux Status Report
        Progress of Scientific Linux over the past 6 months. What we are currently working on. What we see in the future for Scientific Linux
        Speaker: Troy Dawson (FERMILAB)
        Paper
        Slides
      • 13
        SL Plenary Discussion
        Feedback to and input for the SL developers from the HEPiX community. This may influence upcoming decisions e.g. on distribution lifecycles. One topic we will be gathering feedback on is the support lifetime of Scientific Linux 4.
        Speaker: Troy Dawson (FERMILAB)
        Paper
        Slides
    • Site reports 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      503/1-001 - Council Chamber

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      • 14
        CNAF site report
        CNAF site report
        Speaker: Vladimir Sapunenko (INFN)
        Slides
    • CPU technology 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      503/1-001 - Council Chamber

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      • 15
        CPU-level performance monitoring with Perfmon
        CPU-level performance monitoring with Perfmon
        Speaker: Andreas Hirstius (CERN)
        Slides
    • 16
      LCG Update 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      503/1-001 - Council Chamber

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      Speaker: Ian Bird (CERN)
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    • Site reports 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      503/1-001 - Council Chamber

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      • 17
        GSI Site Report
        Speaker: Walter Schön (GSI)
        Slides
      • 18
        NIKHEF site report
        Site report from NIKHEF
        Speaker: Paul Kuipers (NIKHEF)
        Slides
      • 19
        PSI Site Report
        Site Report for PSI Applications, HPC, Scientific Linux, Storage and Network
        Speaker: Heiner Billich (Paul Scherrer Institut)
        Slides
      • 10:30 AM
        Coffee break
      • 20
        BNL Site Report
        RHIC and USATLAS Computing Facility site report
        Speaker: Robert Petkus (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
        Slides
      • 21
        SLAC site report
        SLAC site report
        Speaker: Chuck Boeheim (SLAC)
        Slides
    • HEPiX "bazaar and thinktank" 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      503/1-001 - Council Chamber

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      • 22
        Inspire
        Inspire is the project name of a new High Energy Physics information system which will integrate present databases and repositories to host the entire corpus of the HEP literature and become the reference HEP scientific information platform worldwide. It is a common project between CERN, DESY, FERMILAB and SLAC. It will empower scientists with new tools to discover and access the results most relevant to their research; enable novel text- and data-mining applications; deploy new metrics to assess the impact of articles and authors. In addition, it will introduce the Web2.0 paradigm of user-enriched content in the domain of sciences with community-based approaches to the peer-review process.
        Speaker: Tibor Simko (CERN)
        Slides
      • 23
        Data management and offline computing for LCLS
        With BaBar now switched off, SLAC is shifting its focus now to the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). I will present the plans for LCLS with its detectors and DAQ systems and then talk about the envisioned data management and the ideas for the necessary offline computing.
        Speaker: Alf Wachsmann (SLAC)
        Slides
    • 12:40 PM
      Lunch break CERN restaurants

      CERN restaurants

      CERN

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    • Data centre management, availability and reliability 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      CERN

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      • 24
        Updates and Experiences from the Genome Center's Data Center Construction Project
        Over the last couple of years, The Genome Center at Washington University in St. Louis has been involved with the planning and construction of a new data center. We will provide updates since our data center presentation at HEPiX Fall 2007 in St. Louis. In addition, we will share our experiences and lessons learned as we prepare to move into the new data center in May 2008.
        Speaker: Gary Stiehr (The Genome Center at Washington University)
        Slides
      • 25
        Remote Administration via Service Modules
        Speaker: Stefan Haller (GSI)
        Slides
      • 26
        Amsterdam Tier1 Data Centre Infrastructure
        Extension of the NIKHEF/SARA data centre
        Speaker: Wim Heubers (NIKHEF)
        Slides
      • 3:30 PM
        Coffee break
      • 27
        AFS Monitoring: The CERN AFS Console
        CERN's AFS installation serves between 1 and 2 billion accesses per day to its around 20'000 users. Keeping track of the system's overall status and trying to find problems before the users do is not a trivial task, esp. as the installation is growing in almost all aspects. This talk will present CERN's AFS Console, a Lemon- and web-based monitoring tool used by the AFS administrators at CERN to quickly identify problematic entities (servers, partitions, volumes etc.) and to assist them in solving the issues found.
        Speaker: Arne Wiebalck (CERN)
        Slides
      • 28
        New Data Center at BNL -- Status Update
        This presentation provides an update on the status of the new Data Center to support the ATLAS Tier 1 Center and RHIC Computing at Brookhaven. A brief discussion provides details of the new facility to Brookhaven, as well as timelines for availability to both the ATLAS and RHIC programs. Some of our experiences described in this presentation will also be beneficial to other sites who are considering expansion of their own facilities.
        Speaker: Tony Chan (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
        Slides
      • 29
        A Service-Based SLA Model
        The RACF provides computing support to a broad spectrum of programs at Brookhaven. The growth of the facility, the varying needs of the scientific programs and the necessity for distributed computing requires the RACF to change from a system to a service-based SLA with our end users. This presentation describes the adjustments made by the RACF to transition to a service-based SLA, including changes to its monitoring, alarm notification and problem resolution policies at the facility.
        Speaker: Tony Chan (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
        Slides
      • 30
        CluMan
        Managing large clusters that host complex services has particular challenges. Operations like checking configuration consistency, running some actions on node or nodes, moving them between clusters etc. are very frequent. When scaling up to running thousands of CPU and STORAGE nodes in order to meet LHC requirements some of these challenges are becoming more evident. These scaling challenges are the basis for CluMan, a new cluster management tool being designed and developed at CERN.
        Speaker: Sebastian Lopienski (CERN)
        Slides
      • 31
        Problem tracking at CERN
        Problem tracking at CERN
        Speaker: Eric Grancher (CERN)
        Slides
    • 32
      A review of the current technical activities in the CERN openlab 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      CERN

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      Speaker: Sverre Jarp (CERN)
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    • Storage technology 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      503/1-001 - Council Chamber

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      • 33
        Final Report from File Systems Working Group
        Final Report from File Systems Working Group
        Speaker: Andrei Maslennikov (CASPUR)
        Slides
      • 34
        Options for medium-/long-term improvements to LHC mass storage and data management
        Options for medium-/long-term improvements to LHC mass storage and data management
        Speaker: Dirk Duellmann (CERN-IT)
        Slides
      • 10:45 AM
        Coffee break
      • 35
        Storage elements at BNL
        Speaker: Robert Petkus (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
        Slides
      • 36
        CASTOR Status and Plans
        This presentation will cover the current status of the CASTOR mass storage system, both in terms of software status and deployment and performance. Near future developement plans will also be presented while the longer term view will be addressed in a separate presentation, by Dirk Duellmann.
        Speaker: Sebastien Ponce (CERN)
        Slides
      • 37
        Towards the new data management solution at CNAF
        Towards the new data management solution at CNAF
        Speaker: Vladimir Sapunenko (CNAF)
        Slides
    • 12:45 PM
      Lunch break CERN restaurants

      CERN restaurants

      CERN

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    • Storage technology 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      503/1-001 - Council Chamber

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      • 38
        Handling large datasets at Google: Current systems and future directions
        Handling large datasets at Google: Current systems and future directions
        Speaker: Sascha Brawer (Google)
        Slides
      • 39
        FZK storage news
        FZK storage news
        Speaker: Silke Halstenberg (FZK)
        Slides
      • 40
        The unbearable slowness of tapes
        It is still common for the lowest layer of data storage to be 'tape'. While individual tape devices apparently offer very good performance, this is only achieved in a limited set of circumstances, and the overall throughput can easily become very poor very quickly. How can this be avoided, if at all? Is it sufficient to just add more and more equipment? These difficulties will be discussed in the context of CERN's current CASTOR HSM version, and the need to 'carry LHC data forward' for many years.
        Speaker: Charles Curran (CERN)
        Slides
      • 3:30 PM
        Coffee break
      • 41
        Setting up a simple Lustre Filesystem
        We recently set up a small (40TB) Lustre built from HP commodity components. It was surprisingly simple, and we achieved reasonable performance without much tuning. We'd like to share this experience.
        Speaker: Stephan Wiesand (DESY)
        Slides
      • 42
        Experience and Lessons learnt from running high availability databases on Network Attached Storage
        The Database and Engineering Services Group of CERN's Information Technology Department provides the Oracle based Central Data Base services used in many activities at CERN. In order to provide High Availability and ease management for those services, a NAS (Network Attached Storage) based infrastructure has been set up. It runs several instances of the Oracle RAC (Real Application Cluster) using NFS as share disk space for RAC purposes and Data hosting. It is composed of two private LAN's to provide access to the NAS file servers and Oracle RAC interconnect, both using network bonding. NAS nodes are configured in partnership to prevent having single points of failure and to provide automatic NAS fail-over. This presentation describes that infrastructure and gives some advice on how to automate its management and setup using a Fabric Management framework such as Quattor. It also covers aspects related with NAS Performance and Monitoring as well Data Backup and Archive of such facility using already existing infrastructure at CERN.
        Speaker: Nilo Segura Chinchilla (CERN)
        Paper
        Slides
      • 43
        Lustre cluster in production at GSI
        Speaker: Walter Schön (GSI)
        Slides
    • 44
      The (WLCG) Common Computing Readiness Challenge (CCRC'08) 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      503/1-001 - Council Chamber

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      Speaker: Jamie Shiers (CERN)
      Paper
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    • HEPiX "bazaar and thinktank" 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      503/1-001 - Council Chamber

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      • 45
        EGEE status and plans
        EGEE status and plans
        Speaker: Bob Jones (CERN)
        Slides
      • 46
        Implementation of the National Analysis Facility at DESY
        A common analysis facility for german physicists working on LHC and ILC topics is currently being built, starting at DESY's two sites in Hamburg and Zeuthen. We present the current technical implementation of this distributed facility.
        Speaker: Stephan Wiesand (DESY)
        Slides
      • 10:45 AM
        Coffee break
      • 47
        High Availability and Backup Strategies for the lustre MDS Server
        Speaker: Karin Miers (GSI)
        Slides
      • 48
        A redundant Servercluster using SL5.1 and Xen
        Howto build a redundant (failover) Servercluster using Scientific Linux 5.1 with Xen. The services (filer, dns, dhcp, printing etc.) will be divided into individual virtual machines to isolate the services. On failure of a server, the services will be relocated automatically. The system is using a redundant Fibrechannel storage as the shared storage, but same would be possible using other techniques. The talk shows the architecture of the system, as well as some problems we found both in the SL Clustersoftware and SL's Xen Implementation and how we avoid them.
        Speaker: Klaus Steinberger (LMU München)
        Slides
      • 49
        Indico at DESY
        The Indico computer system at DESY consist of loadbalanced application servers, a central database server and a media archive on high availability storage. Currently, more than 700 events and users are organised in Indico at DESY. This talk will give an overview about the setup, the experiences we had and how this service is organised and supported at DESY.
        Speaker: Alexander Krieg (DESY)
        Slides
    • 12:45 PM
      Lunch break CERN restaurants

      CERN restaurants

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    • HEPiX "bazaar and thinktank" 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

      503/1-001 - Council Chamber

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        The problem of managing 236 million user accounts
        The problem of managing 236 million user accounts
        Speakers: Emmanuel Ormancey (CERN) , Geerd Dietger hoffmann (CERN)
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    • CPU technology 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

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        Status report from the Benchmarking working group
        Status report from the Benchmarking working group
        Speaker: Helge Meinhard (CERN)
      • 52
        The CERN benchmarking cluster
        The CERN benchmarking cluster
        Speaker: Alex Iribarren (CERN)
        Slides
      • 3:30 PM
        Coffee break
      • 53
        Benchmarking ATLAS applications
        Benchmarking ATLAS applications
        Speaker: Franco Brasolin (INFN)
        Slides
      • 54
        Benchmarking CMS applications
        Benchmarking CMS applications
        Speaker: Gabriele Benelli (CERN)
        Slides
      • 55
        Benchmarking ALICE applications
        Benchmarking ALICE applications
        Speaker: Peter Hristov (CERN)
        Slides
      • 56
        Benchmarking LHCb applications
        Benchmarking LHCb applications
        Speaker: Hubert Degaudenzi (CERN)
        Slides
      • 57
        Benchmarking Multi-core Processors in the NERSC Production Environment.
        Results of benchmarking based on HENP production codes from single, dual and quad - core processors will be presented. We will look at ratios of CPU/wall clock, memory consumption and I/O performance of those codes on the latest additions to the PDSF production systems.
        Speaker: Iwona Sakrejda (LBNL/NERSC)
        Slides
    • 58
      LHC Networking to the Tier-1's, Present and Future 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

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      Speaker: David Foster (CERN)
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    • Networking infrastructure and computer security 503/1-001 - Council Chamber

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      • 59
        IPv6 experience in a mixed unix environment
        We have been using the Academic Computer Club at Umeå University as our testbed for IPv6 deployment, this includes some popular public services like a rather big free software mirror as well as workstations and multi-user machines in a semi-production environment. This talk gives an overview of the various pitfalls as well as what "just works", with some pointers on what kind of systems and software need attention.
        Speaker: Mattias Wadenstein (NDGF / HPC2N / ACC)
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      • 60
        Advanced Monitoring Techniques for the Atlas TDAQ Data Network
        We describe the methods used to monitor and measure the performance of the Atlas TDAQ data network. The network consists of four distinct Ethernet networks interconnecting over 4000 ports using up to 200 edge switches and five multi-blade chassis. The edge networks run at 1Gbps and 10Gb/s are used for the detectors raw data flow as well as at the cores of the data flow networks. The networks feed event data to farms of up to 3000 processors. Trigger applications running on these processors examine each event for acceptability and assemble the accepted events ready for storage and further processing on Grid linked data centers. We report in detail on the monitoring and measurement techniques deployed and developed.
        Speaker: Matei Ciobotaru (CERN, UC Irvine, Politehnica Bucharest)
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      • 10:45 AM
        Coffee break
      • 61
        Operational security in a grid environment
        This talk presents the main goals of computer security in a grid environment, by using a FAQ approach. It details the evolution of the risks in the recent years, likely objectives for attackers and the progress made by the malware toolkits and frameworks. Finally, recommendations to deal with these threats are proposed.
        Speaker: Romain Wartel (CERN)
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      • 62
        Cybersecurity Update
        An update on recent security issues and vulnerabilities affecting Windows, Linux and Mac platforms. This talk is based on contributions and input from a range of colleagues both within and outside CERN. It covers clients, servers and control systems.
        Speaker: Lionel Cons (CERN)
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      • 63
        Web applications security
        This talk presents common security issues with Web applications and provides some practical recommendations to users, developers, and Web services managers to mitigate the risks linked to these applications.
        Speaker: Romain Wartel (CERN)
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