ALICE Tier-1/Tier-2 Workshop

University of Derby - Enterprise centre

University of Derby - Enterprise centre

University of Derby - Enterprise Centre, 37 Bridge Street, Derby DE1 3LA. UK.
Ashiq Anjum (University of Derby), Latchezar Betev (CERN), Lee Barnby (University of Derby (GB))

The Eighth Annual ALICE Tier-1/Tier-2 Workshop will take place in Derby, hosted by University of Derby.

Derby is the most central city of the United Kingdom, located at the banks of the river Derwent and on the edge of the Peak District National park. Considered by many as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Derby is a home to one of the most impressive industry and history museums 'Derby Silk Mill' and of modern factories, such as Rolls-Royce and Toyota.

Derby is also a home of the University of Derby, formerly known as Derby College of Art and Technology, the institution can trace its origins back to the foundation of the Derby Diocesan Institution for the Training of Schoolmistresses, which was established in 1851. Today, it has more than 12,000 students on three campuses, enrolled in more than 300 study programmes.

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Mary's Church and Bridge Gate, Derby, England.

In 2017, ALICE completed successfully the third year of data taking in the the LHC Run2. Thanks to the excellent performance of the LHC accelerator and the ALICE detector, the  p-p programme goals are being fulfilled and the collaboration is preparing for the last year of Run2, which will include a very challenging Pb-Pb data taking period at the end of 2018.

The Grid resources available to ALICE have grown with the expected pace of ~20% and have been well utilized to complete the RAW data and MC productions necessary for the ongoing physics programme. In addition to these, the organized physics analysis has grown substantially, which is expected with the growth of the available data samples.

The 2018 data taking and processing will again be very challenging and we expect a record amount of data to be collected and processed.

To make sure we are ready for the upcoming data taking as well as to prepare for the ALICE upgrade at Run3 and beyond, the computing resources must be operated at maximum efficiency and the Grid middleware must be upgraded to meet the ever-increasing capacity and complexity requirements.

The workshop will focus on resource optimization, new methods of site operations and new middleware solutions, as well as on networking status and security. The workshop will continue the tradition of open information exchange between Grid site administrators, Grid software and networking experts.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Payment: £200, registration available here

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    • 09:30 10:00
      Welcome to Derby 30m
      Speaker: Prof. Nikolaos Antonopoulos (Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Derby university)
    • 10:00 10:15
      College of Engineering and Technology 15m
      Speaker: Prof. Warren Manning (Derby)
    • 10:15 10:45
      The Derby computing facilities 30m
    • 10:45 11:15
      Coffee break 30m
    • 11:15 11:45
      ALICE participation - Derby strategic plans 30m
      Speakers: Ashiq Anjum (University of Derby), Lee Barnby (University of Derby (GB))
    • 11:45 12:15
      Operations in 2017 30m
      Speaker: Latchezar Betev (CERN)
    • 12:15 12:45
      ALICE WLCG operations report and middleware 30m
      Speaker: Maarten Litmaath (CERN)
    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch break 1h
    • 14:00 14:20
      Operations and plans - German sites 20m
      Speakers: Kilian Schwarz (GSI - Helmholtzzentrum fur Schwerionenforschung GmbH (DE)), Max Fischer (GSI - Helmholtzzentrum fur Schwerionenforschung GmbH (DE))
    • 14:20 14:40
      Operations and plans - INFN sites 20m
      Speaker: Stefano Piano (INFN (IT))
    • 14:40 15:00
      Operations and plans - US sites 20m
      Speaker: Jeff Porter (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (US))
    • 15:00 15:20
      Operations and plans - KISTI 20m
      Speaker: Sang Un Ahn (KiSTi Korea Institute of Science & Technology Information (KR))
    • 15:20 15:40
      Operations and plans - RDIG T1 and T2s 20m
      Speakers: Andrey Zarochentsev (St. Petersburg State University (RU)), Gleb Stiforov (Joint Inst. for Nuclear Research (RU)), Mr Viktor Kotlyar (IHEP)
    • 15:40 16:10
      Cofee break 30m
    • 16:10 16:30
      Operatrions and status - UK T2s. 20m
      Speaker: Mark William Slater (University of Birmingham (GB))
    • 16:30 16:50
      Operations and plans - UK T1 20m
      Speaker: Catalin Condurache (STFC - Rutherford Appleton Lab. (GB))
    • 16:50 17:10
      Operations and plans - CCIN2P3 and FR T2s 20m
      Speaker: Renaud Vernet (CC-IN2P3 - Centre de Calcul (FR))
    • 17:10 17:30
      Operations and plans - NDGF sites 20m
      Speaker: Erik Hemming Edelmann (Helsinki Institute of Physics (FI))
    • 17:30 17:50
      Operation and plans Czech T2 20m
      Speaker: Dagmar Adamova (Acad. of Sciences of the Czech Rep. (CZ))
    • 17:50 18:10
      Operations and plans - South Africa 20m
      Speaker: Sean Murray (iThemba Lab. for Accel. Based Sci. (ZA))
    • 18:10 18:30
      Operations and plans - Hungary KFKI 20m
      Speakers: Gabor Biro (Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HU)), Dr Gergely Gabor Barnafoldi (Wigner RCP Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HU))
    • 18:30 18:50
      Status and plans - COMSATS 20m
      Speaker: Mr Ahmad (COMSATS)
    • 18:50 19:10
      Satus and plans - Japan 20m
      Speakers: Tatsuya Chujo (University of Tsukuba (JP)), Toru Sugitate (Hiroshima University (JP))
    • 19:25 20:25
      Derby Cathedral guided tour 1h

      Visit to Cathedral with a climb of the tower. Followed by informal visit to nearby restaurant or pub.

    • 09:00 09:30
      AliEn and jAliEn status 30m
      Speaker: Miguel Martinez Pedreira (CERN)
    • 09:30 10:00
      Data transfer and data integrity tools 30m
      Speaker: Volodymyr Yurchenko (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (UA))
    • 10:00 10:30
      Containers and Singularity 30m
      Speaker: Maksim Melnik Storetvedt (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (NO))
    • 10:30 11:00
      Coffee break 30m
    • 11:00 11:30
      jAliEn job agent 30m
      Speaker: Maksim Melnik Storetvedt (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (NO))
    • 11:30 12:00
      Contextual logging in jAliEn 30m
      Speaker: Tim Hallyburton (Fachhochschule Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences (D)
    • 12:00 12:30
      From AliEn to jAliEn - migration strategy 30m
      Speaker: Costin Grigoras (CERN)
    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch break 1h
    • 14:30 15:15
      Coach transfer to Chatsworth House 45m
    • 15:15 17:15
      Visit of Chatsowrth House ( 2h

    • 17:15 18:00
      Coach transfer to Buxton 45m
    • 18:30 20:30
      Workshop dinner at Dome restaurant, Buxton ( 2h
    • 20:30 21:15
      Coach transfer to Derby 45m
    • 09:00 09:15
      The GSI Analysis Facility 15m
      Speaker: Soren Lars Gerald Fleischer (GSI - Helmholtzzentrum fur Schwerionenforschung GmbH (DE))
    • 09:15 09:30
      xrootd plugins at the GSI AF 15m
      Speaker: Jan Knedlik (GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung)
    • 09:30 10:00
      Integration of the CCIPL HPC facility in the ALICE Grid 30m
      Speaker: Mr Jean-Michel Barbet (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (FR))
    • 10:00 10:30
      Integration of the CORI supercomputer in the ALICE Grid 30m
      Speaker: Jeff Porter (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (US))
    • 10:30 11:00
      Coffee break 30m
    • 11:00 11:30
      EOS - status and strategic directions 30m
      Speaker: Andreas Joachim Peters (CERN)
    • 11:30 12:00
      CVMFS - status and strategic direction 30m
      Speaker: Jakob Blomer (CERN)
    • 12:00 12:30
      T2 Experiences Scaling EOS: Capacity and Performance Observations 30m
      Speaker: Michael Dean Galloway (Oak Ridge National Laboratory - (US))
    • 12:30 13:00
      The Derby Clock - design presentation 30m
    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch 1h