SSC Workshop: Preparing SSCs for EGI

Auditorium (Laboratoire de l'Accelerateur Lineaire (LAL))


Laboratoire de l'Accelerateur Lineaire (LAL)

Orsay, France


There are two primary goals for this workshop:
  • Understand the types of support to be provided in EGI and the desired support model.
  • Understand the scope and work plans of the SSCs.
For the second point, the information in Section 3 of the SSC Guidelines documents should be collected and sent to the list a couple of days before the workshop. If possible, a preliminary list of partners in each SSC should be provided, along with a description of each partners role in the work plan and whether their activity will likely be funded or unfunded.

Relevant Documents

Information about FP7 Capacities Call 7


Participation in this meeting is open. However, the meeting will be geared toward those looking to define, to create, and to organize an SSC for EGI. If you will only be part of a user community served by an SSC, this meeting is probably not for you. All participants must register for the meeting.

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Getting Here

The Laboratoire de l'Accelerateur Lineaire (LAL) is located about 25 km south of the center of Paris and is easily accessible via the RER B (Metro). The LAL website contains detailed information about how to get to LAL from the Paris airports and train stations. The closest airport to LAL is Orly.


Please make reservations directly with your hotel. The list of hotels on LAL's website contains hotels in the 5th, 6th, 13th and 14th "arrondissements" as well as a few near the Orsay campus. The above neighborhoods are the most convenient for catching the RER B train to Orsay.

  • Achim Streit
  • Ales Krenek
  • Andrea Caltroni
  • Antonio Gómez Iglesias
  • Antonio Lagana
  • Antonio Rosato
  • Antonio S. Cofino
  • Atte Sillanpää
  • Balazs Konya
  • Bjorn H. Samset
  • Cal Loomis
  • Christos Kanellopoulos
  • Claudio Vuerli
  • Cécile Germain-Renaud
  • David Colling
  • David Fergusson
  • David Weissenbach
  • Diana Cresti
  • Dinh Viet Tran
  • Duncan Rand
  • Emanouil Atanassov
  • Emidio Giorgio
  • Farid Ould-Saada
  • Federico Ruggieri
  • Florida Estrella
  • Fotis Karagiannis
  • Francesco Giacomini
  • Francesco Ruffino
  • Franck Le Petit
  • Gabriel Zaquine
  • Gellrich Andreas
  • Gergely Sipos
  • Giorgio Maggi
  • Giovanni Aloisio
  • Gonzalo Merino
  • Horst Schwichtenberg
  • Isabel Campos Plasencia
  • Jacko Koster
  • Jamie Shiers
  • Ladislav Hluchy
  • Laura Perini
  • Luciano Milanesi
  • Ludek Matyska
  • Maite Barroso
  • Marco Paganoni
  • Mariusz Sterzel
  • Maurice Bouwhuis
  • Milos Lokajicek
  • Moguilny Genevieve
  • Monique Petitdidier
  • Neasan ONeill
  • Nicola Venuti
  • Onur Temizsoylu
  • Oxana Smirnova
  • Panos Argyrakis
  • Paolo Mazzetti
  • Patricia Mendez Lorenzo
  • Per Öster
  • Peter Malzacher
  • Roberto Barbera
  • Sandro Fiore
  • Sergio Maffioletti
  • Stefano Nativi
  • Stephen Brewer
  • Steven Newhouse
  • Sverker Holmgren
  • Sy Holsinger
  • Torsten Antoni
  • Vangelis Floros
  • Vincent Breton
  • Volker Guelzow
  • Xavier Jeannin
  • Yolanda Vives
    • 9:00 AM 10:30 AM
      Overview and Status of Proposals

      The current status of the EGI-related proposals will be presented, including the core EGI proposal, middleware proposal(s), and (potentially) others. The latest information and impressions of the targeted calls will be presented and how each proposal relates to the FP7 Capacity Call 7.

      This will be followed by an open discussion of these proposals aimed at better understanding how the proposals relate and complement each other.

      • 9:00 AM
        Welcome and Overview 5m
        Speaker: Cal Loomis (CNRS/LAL)
      • 9:05 AM
        Status/Overview of Middleware and Core EGI Proposals 5m
        Speaker: Steven Newhouse
      • 9:10 AM
        Involvement of the ARC User Community 5m
        Speaker: Dr Oxana Smirnova (LUND UNIVERSITY)
      • 9:15 AM
        End-to-End Service Model 5m
        Speaker: Gabriel Zaquine (Unknown)
    • 10:30 AM 11:00 AM
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 11:00 AM 12:30 PM
      SSC Preparations

      The Scientific SSCs should prepare documents following the referenced SSC guidelines and distribute them before the meeting. In addition, they should prepare (short!) presentations covering the following points:

      • Contact points within the EGI management structure that are different and/or in addition to those in the EGI_DS Blueprint and Functions documents.
      • Identify "heavy" and/or VO-specific services that are needed by the community to fully exploit the EGI infrastructure.
      • Identify the institutes/projects/NGIs that have been contacted about the SSC.
      • Identify any ESFRI projects that have been contacted.
      • Identify likely partners that will be funded.
      • Identify likely partners that will be unfunded.
      • Identify common tools/libraries for porting that will be useful for the community. (E.g. BLAST, LAPACK, ...)

      Also create a rough draft of the work plan for the SSC, identifying whether the activities within the work plan are Networking Activities, Service Activities, or Joint Research Activities. Also provide a rough calculation of the effort required.

      • 11:00 AM
        Astronomy & Astrophysics SSC 5m
        Speaker: Dr Claudio Vuerli (INAF-OA Trieste)
      • 11:05 AM
        Computational Chemistry and Material Science SSC 5m
        Speaker: Dr Mariusz Sterzel (ACC Cyfronet AGH)
      • 11:10 AM
        Earth Science SSC 5m
        Speakers: Mr Horst Schwichtenberg (SCAI Fraunhofer Institute) , Monique Petitdidier (Unknown)
      • 11:15 AM
        Fusion SSC 5m
        Speaker: Antonio Gómez-Iglesias (CIEMAT)
      • 11:20 AM
        Grid Observatory SSC 5m
        Speaker: Prof. Cecile Germain-Renaud (LRI)
      • 11:25 AM
        High Energy Physics SSC 5m
        Speaker: Dr Jamie Shiers (CERN)
        HEP SSC preparation wiki
        Transition document - Draft 0.7
      • 11:30 AM
        Life Science SSC 5m
        Speaker: Vincent Jacques Breton (Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire (LPC))
      • 11:35 AM
        Complex Systems 5m
        Speaker: Panos Argyrakis
      • 11:40 AM
        Advanced Tool Support 5m
        Speaker: Isabel Campos Plasencia (Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria CSIC)
    • 12:30 PM 2:00 PM
      Lunch 1h 30m
    • 2:00 PM 3:30 PM

      Each of the support activities should prepare a (short!) presentation addressing the following points:

      • How will the support activity will connect to and coordinate with the other support activities?
      • With the user, user communities, and SSCs?
      • What tools are required to provide the services and how will the support activity interact with them? (E.g. GGUS.)
      • What institutes/projects/teams/NGIs have been contacted about participating in this support activity?
      • Which of those are likely to be funded partners in the support activity?
      • Which are likely to be unfunded partners?

      In addition, each support activity should prepare an initial draft work plan (with activities identified as Networking Activities, Service Activities, or Joint Research Activities). This draft work plan should include an initial estimate of the manpower required (in FTE per year).

      Everyone should be prepared to discuss the Direct User Support and VO Support which appear not to have champions for EGI. In particular, we should discuss where these will fit in EGI.

      As a general topic, we should discuss what is the overall procedure for bringing and supporting new users and new communities. How is this coordinated? How do the SSCs fit into this?

      • 2:00 PM
        Training 5m
        Speaker: David Fergusson (Unknown)
      • 2:05 PM
        Dissemination 5m
        Speaker: Neasan O'Neill (Unknown)
      • 2:10 PM
        Business Interactions 5m
        Speaker: Sy Wayne Holsinger (Unknown-Unknown-Unknown)
      • 2:15 PM
        Support Tools 5m
        Speaker: Dr Torsten Antoni (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
      • 2:20 PM
        Application Porting Support 5m
        Speaker: Gergely Sipos (Mr.)
    • 3:30 PM 4:00 PM
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 4:00 PM 5:30 PM

      As in the EGEE-III project, the user community plays a strong role in various technical working groups, like MPI support and portal use. In EGI, there will be a need for similar working groups and some of these are probably good candidates for cross-SSC activities in the SSC project proposal. One item that keeps coming up in discussions with the Commission is "Usability and Accessibility". We should discuss this and determine if there are other topics which could be similarly treated.

      This session will also act as an overflow of the previous sessions and a general discussion of the next steps to take.