11-12 December 2013
University of Arizona Student Union
America/Phoenix timezone
Registration open until December 4, 2013

The US ATLAS workshop on distributed computing will held at the University of Arizona in Tuscon on December 11-12, 2013.  There will be a number of topics of interest relating to use of dedicated US ATLAS computing resources and approaches for leveraging campus compute resources for ATLAS analysis. A preliminary list is as follows:

  • Introduction to the US ATLAS Distributed Computing Facility
  • Overview of the Analysis Support group activities supporting distributed computing in US ATLAS
  • Strategies for access and management of dedicated US ATLAS computing resources 
  • Usability of the Federated ATLAS Xrootd system (FAX) and wide area network-based data access
  • Tier3 Task Force Implementation 
  • Support for maintaining and upgrading Tier3 clusters
  • Networking performance monitoring (perfSONAR-PS) and connectivity issues (campus networks, science DMZs, LHC network peering)
  • Planned US ATLAS Computing Facility projects
    • Virtual extensions to Tier3 clusters via job “flocking" into US ATLAS Tier2 centers
    • FAXbox - an integrated storage service for analysis computation
    • AtlasConnect - a service for high throughput analysis submission which uses Tier2s, campus grids, and Tier3 clusters
    • CI Connect - an approach for leveraging compute resources at your institution

The meeting will be hosted by the High Energy Physics group at the University of Arizona.

University of Arizona Student Union
Santa Rita Room
Lodging Information: Recommended hotel is Aloft Tucson University, which is just off campus (15 minute walk  to meeting). A block of rooms has been reserved there at $89/night.  To make your reservation at that rate, please go to https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/booking/reservation?id=1311123285&key=3A8F6.  NOTE: the discount rate will not be available after Wednesday, Dec. 4.  There are already reports of the web link reporting that the rate has expired; if you run into this please contact Carolyn Bondi (Carolyn.Bondi@starwoodhotels.com).
Location details: University of Arizona Student Union, Santa Rita room.  A map with walking directions between the Aloft hotel and the Student Union is available here, and a map of the student union is here

Directions from Tucson International Airport to the Aloft hotel are here.

Registration fee: $50 to cover coffee and refereshments.  We are not able to collect registration fees online; please bring a check payable to the University of Arizona (preferred) or cash (if need be) to the registration session on Wednesday morning. 

Parking:  There is ample free parking at the Aloft hotel.  There are also several parking garages on campus, with daily rates of about $10.  A map of their locations is here.  (In general these don't get you much closer to the meeting than parking at the Aloft would.)

Dinner: There will be a no-host dinner for workshop participants on Wednesday evening at the Old Pueblo Grill (60 N Alvernon Way). Directions from the Aloft hotel to the restaurant are here.
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