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A Sustainable future is in the hands of CLARA and the Latin American NRENs Roberto Barbera (Univ. of Catania and INFN) o n behalf of Luis Nu ñ ez ( RedCLARA ) ISGC’ 2012, 26 th February to 02 nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan). Outline. Latin America/CLARA Specificities

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A sustainable future is in the hands of clara and the latin american nrens

A Sustainable future is in the hands of CLARA and the Latin American NRENs

Roberto Barbera (Univ. of Catania and INFN)

on behalf of Luis Nuñez (RedCLARA)

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


Outline

Outline

  • Latin America/CLARA Specificities

  • The GISELA business strategy

  • Actions

  • Conclusions

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


Latin america clara specificities

Latin America/CLARA Specificities

  • A non-profit organisation with 15 National Research and Education Networks (NRENs)

  • With diversity of technical skills and maturity of local scientific communities of its members

  • The Brazilian and Venezuelan NRENs are the only ones that have structural governmental support

  • The rest of the LA countries have built their NRENs with the support of their members, charging them for operations and services

  • For the rest of LA countries several different organisational schemes can be found, sometimes involving also the private sector

Gov. Supported

  • Mature

  • Developing

  • Starting

CLARA has to find the most efficient way to operate infrastructures with a minimum budget and a maximum benefit for its members

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


The evolution

The evolution …

--31/08/2012

GISELA

--01/09/2010

--31/03/2010

  • 18 Resources Centres provide skilful personnel to support and develop services in the region

  • 435 trained users / 73 inst.

  • 1794 cores platform

  • Operation 24/7

EELA-2

--01/04/2008

GISELA 34 production applications inherited from EELA / EELA-2 represent potential communities

--31/12/2007

EELA

e-Infrastructure

inherited from EELA and EELA2 projects

--01/01/2006

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


Current clara services connectivity communication content

Current CLARA Services : Connectivity + Communication+ Content

  • Webconference (VCEspresso)

  • Videoconference (SIVIC)

  • Content Management (DSpace)

  • E-Learning System (Moodle)

  • Video on Demand (CLARAVe)

  • Web 2.0: Wikis, Blogs

  • Researchers/Funding opportunities/Partner search

  • News, Agenda, etc

GISELA triggered

the first Advanced Computing Service !

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


Generic business models

Generic business models…

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


And the gisela implementation

… and the GISELA implementation

Knowledge

Dissemi-

nation

User supp.

Fostering

e-Science

International

dimension

Domain

specific

applications

e-Research

EU and LA

research

groups

CLARA

NRENs

Resource

Centres (RC)

e-Infrastruc-

ture and

applications

as a service

SGs

and

IdFs

Competitiveness w.r.t.

commercial providers

e-Infrastructurepay per use

back to the RCs

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


Sustainability recipe

Sustainability Recipe

  • Take a look around and identify all products you can offer. Thinking out of the box, exploits those services based on your most competitive skills

  • Wrap out all your products in a incremental model

  • Simplify the service deliver methodology

    • Aiming to the widest group of users

    • Making

  • Do your math to evaluate your cost and to explain the way you did your math

  • Be competitive but also solidary leaving spaces for those who can not afford the services

  • Workout a marketing plan to reach users

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


Grid services replicating networking services

Grid Services Replicating Networking Services

  • In CLARA’s network activities a Regional Network Operation Centre (RNOC) catches the functions of the countries that have no domestic NOC

  • When domestic network infrastructures grow, the NRENs are going to be able to install their own NOC

  • Once this happens, the RNOC will transfer the domestic networking functions to the NOC that has been installed

  • CLARA auctions, among its members NRENs the operation of the regional NOC every four years

  • The Grid pioneer Infrastructure could follow the same model

  • Those countries that can support the creation of a GOC (Grid Operation Centre) will have one, and those who cannot afford it or are not mature enough to create one, can use the Regional Grid Operation Centre (GSC)

  • Domestic GOCs are responsible for their domestic services and interact with the ROC when services have a regional scope

  • Those countries without a GOC, will use the ROC for domestic functions in their country.

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


Clara advanced computing services

CLARA Advanced Computing Services

  • Adv. Comp. (AC) Expertise Transfer. Technical Consulting to assist in house applications

    • Customising an existing application to profit the existing Adv. Comp. e-Infrastructure

    • Developing in house new applications required by the customer organisation (Research, Industry or NREN)

  • SDK/SourceFourgeTrainingTo increase the awareness on the AC environments

  • Wizard for basic applications.Allows the less expert users and/or NREN to install their applications

  • Federated Authentication Resources. Grant authorized access to use the federated resources at a continental scale

  • Application ShelfService: Application ShelfAllows users, industrial partner and/or NREN to contract computing resources

  • Virtual Resources Grid Allocation. Virtual services e-Infrastructure, such as:

    • Allocation of AC resources allowing the member institutions to configure AC environments (cores/storage/network provisioning) and elements needed to execute their applications

    • Running Services records, tracking the processes submitted to the e-infrastructure

  • Data Preservation Services. Offer the possibility to store their data for a period of time

  • Training and Capacity Building Service. To increases the usage and the culture of Advanced Computing Services by providing people the information and the skills needed to access the AC Services

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


A sustainable future is in the hands of clara and the latin american nrens

CLARA Grid VRC Organisational Model

CLARA

APPLICATIONS MANAGER

NETWORK MANAGER (NSC)

Grid Community Coordinator

Regional GOC+GOC

Regional NOC+NOC

GOC

NOC

NGI or EDGS

NGI or EDGS

GOC

Country LA–1

REUNA

Country LA–N

NOC

NGI or EDGS

Country LA–2

Complex Model

Cooperative

Broker Model

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A sustainable future is in the hands of clara and the latin american nrens

A Regional Cooperative

Solution Offers

ScienceGateway

Virtual Instruments

Virtual Servers

Grid

Cloud

  • On demand resources (Hardware, Software & Manware) from the research groups to the research groups

  • High bandwidth and low latency from the Experimental academic advanced Networks

  • Replicating other services in the RedCLARA Operational Structure

  • Added value to the existent infrastructure

  • Better use of the existent computational infrastructure and expertise from different countries

  • Promoting local middleware solutions better suited for the region

Commercial

Providers

User

Authentication

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


Science gateway service centric model

Science Gateway Service Centric Model

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


A sustainable future is in the hands of clara and the latin american nrens

CLARA Grid-VRC Support Model

Science Gateway Centric Model

ScienceGateway

Virtual Instruments

Virtual Servers

Cloud

Grid

OUT

Virtual Resource on demand

VRC

Accept

Budget

Login &

Send Data

Check Service

Description

Register

and login

Submit

Service

Request

Consult

Data

User

Administrator

Yes

Developer

Autentication

RedCLARA

Read

Data

Display

Basic View

Consult the

Advance Computing

Resources Available

Shows Budget

Elaborates

contract

RC

Data

Storage

Data

Processing

Find the

Suitable

Resources

Send the VR

availability

2

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Regional competitive solution

Regional Competitive Solution

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Two examples of rc costs

Two Examples of RC Costs (€)

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Operation evolution

Operation Evolution

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


Servuction operational profit

SERVUCTION & Operational Profit

  • First and Second year of operation after GISELA end (31/08/2012 →)

    • ½ FTE for administrative purposes as contracts, bills and expenditures

    • ½ FTE for technical support

    • 1 FTE fore marketing and sales

  • Third year (1 FTE - Administrative, 1 FTE - Technical, and 1 FTE – sales)

Fixed Costs

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Business model supported by 3 actions

Business Model Supported by 3 Actions

Science Gateway Technical Capacities

Funding sources from S&T Agencies

Marketing towards VRC/User Communties

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


Action plan 1 3

Action Plan (1/3)

Raise awareness, sensitize and inform on the different opportunities of the Advanced Services

  • Sensitizing and informing research communities of the opportunities that Advanced Services could bring to their environment

    • Organize Virtual Days on Technology and the Community

    • Organize courses and competencies for students who have applications of general use

    • Document the existing applications of the GISElA Science Gateway, by creating tutorials to ease the use and appropriation.

  • Raise awareness, sensitize and inform the decision makers of S & T and the Directors of the National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) on the opportunities that Advanced Computing Services could bring to Science and Technology

    • Interviews with Latin American high authorities of decision makers in Science and Technology. CLARA’s Academic Manager is coordinating interviews with decision makers (Ministers, Directors and General Secretaries) of S&T in the LA region

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


Action plan 2 3

Action Plan(2/3)

Identify the real needs of Advanced Computing Services by research communities. It is necessary to understand real needs of advanced computing services in the LA region. The communities need to produce a positive social impact in their research results in order to attract the S&T decision makers’ and NRENs Directors’ attention

Identify communities that produce research results with high positive social impact as potential users of advanced computing services

Identify “ambassadors” of each community to conduct a series of actions to first understand the communities’ needs and then to induce the communities into advanced computing services

 Increase technical potentialities and capacities of the GISELA Science Gateway to provide an easy and friendly interface that can be used to access different web services through different platforms

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


Action plan 3 3

Action Plan (3/3)

Train research communities so they adopt the GISELA Science Gateway into their daily research.Communities need to be able to build and maintain their own portals and include all the applications they need to develop research projects

  • Creation of a Task Force (in collaboration with EPIKH) to implement and give technical support to applications running in the GISELA Science Gateway environment.

    • Deploy applications of communities with social impact: seismology and climate

    • Install Identity Federation Systems in at least two countries of the Latin American region

    • Document extensively the processes of adaptation and configuration of the GISELA Science Gateway

    • Redefine the web interface and usability of the portal

  • Create on line and detailed technical documentation to have a permanent reference for the Task Force professionals and local technical representatives of the different institutions involved in the e-infrastructure and resource centers.

  • Create a AuthN &AuthZ Infrastructure (AAI) in Latin America based on federated indentity services, "cloning & adapting" the existing "catch all" services developed at INFN Catania

  • Update of the CP/CPS documents of the Certification Authorities established in Latin America to allow them issue "robot certificates" that are necessary for the GISELA Science Gateway

  • Organise a cycle of technical seminars to follow up of the installation of applications

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


Conclusions 1 2

Conclusions (1/2)

  • The service architecture based on GISELA SG centric model includes all possible services to be offered by RedCLARA

  • The cooperative shared cost broker model is economically viable and competitive with the present commercial offer

  • It has been validated with the

    • Directors on NRENs at the RedCLARAAssembly (Oct 27th, 2011)

      • Need to be explained to the S&T Agencies

      • Need to be aligned with National Initiatives

      • Good idea: 30% National capacity to be share regional + Funds for RC

      • Need to be related with other EU projects (RISC, CHAIN, ProIdeal)

    • Application Committee (Nov 18th, 2011)

      • Need to allow the possibility to “credit cores” for research projects

      • Need to allow possibility to offer 5% financed resources for good proposals with no funding opportunities

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Conclusions 2 2

Conclusions (2/2)

  • RedCLARAAssembly (Nov 10th, 2011) and RedCLARA Board Meeting (Dec 2nd , 2011) recommended to:

    • Evaluate the cost/performance of the GISELA e-Infrastructure

    • Convince two or three candidates to start/test the model

    • Look for funding for the test period (~2 years)

  • Develop a LA Call for a Science Gateway Task Force

    • Training at LA and EU technical people from VE, CO, PE, MX, EC

    • F2F meeting and workshop at the Joint GISELA-CHAIN Conference

  • Aggressive plan to interact with LA Science & Technology Agencies (AR, CL, MX, PE, EC, CO, VE)

  • Marketing strategy aiming to VRC and ComCLARA Communities

  • CLARA Market Study for Cloud Services for standard computing services

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


A sustainable future is in the hands of clara and the latin american nrens

ISGC’ 2012, 26th February to 02nd March 2012 Taipei (Taiwan)


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